Mark 9 Reading Guide

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Chapter Summary

  • v2-14 - Jesus takes His three closest disciples up a mountain to pray, which, as we've seen these last few days, was a regular part of Jesus' routine. What happened on this particular mountain, however, was anything but routine.

  • In his trademark style, Mark states it as matter of factly as possible: "There he was transfigured before them (v2)."

  • Literally Jesus was metamorphed (the same word we use to describe what happens to a caterpillar turning into a butterfly).

  • The one detail Mark gives is Jesus' dazzling radiant white clothes.

  • Elijah and Moses show up to talk with Jesus

  • Don't you wonder what they talked about?

  • Typical: Peter doesn't know what to say, but says something anyways.

  • Once more,

  • just as it had

  • when the Israelites received the ten commandments

  • and at Jesus' baptism,

  • the voice of God boomed out from the cloud.

  • As quickly as this had begun, it suddenly came to an end, and Jesus and the three disciples descended back down to reality on earth.

  • v15-29 - After their awesome experience on the mountain, Jesus walks into a massive argument between the crowd and the establishment.