Wednesday, February 14, 2018
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW ~ Chapter 17
Six days later, Yeshua took with Him Simon (Peter), James and his brother John, and brought them up to a high mountain to be alone. And He was changed – transfigured – before them. His face shone like the sun and His clothing became as white as the light. And all at once Moshe (Moses) and Elijah came and talked with Him. Simon then said to Yeshua, ‘It is good for us to be here. If You permit it, I shall put up three sukkahs (shelters) here; one for You, one for Moshe and one for Elijah.’ While he was yet speaking, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them and a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, greatly terrified. Yeshua then came to them, touched them, and said, “Get up; don’t be afraid!”
As they were coming down from the mountain, Yeshua said to them, “Be sure not to tell anyone about the vision – not until the Son of Man shall have risen from the dead.” The disciples asked Him, ‘Why is it that the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ Yeshua replied, “Surely Elijah will come first, and he will re-establish things. The fact is that Elijah has already come, but he was not recognized, and they did to him whatever they pleased. In the same way the Son of man is about to suffer at their hands.”
The disciples now understood that He had been talking to them about John the Baptist.
When they reached the crowd, a man ran up to Him and fell on his knees before Him. He said, ‘Adonai, take pity on my son, for he is a lunatic and suffers terribly! Sometimes he falls into the fire, and more often into the water, I brought him to Your disciples but they could not heal him.’
“O you unbelieving and misguided folk! Said Yeshua. “How long shall I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to Me!” And Yeshua rebuked the demon, and he came out of him, and from that moment the boy was healed. Afterwards, when they were alone, the disciples came to Yeshua and asked, ‘Why could we not drive him out?’ Yeshua answered, “Because you lacked Faith. I tell you truly, if you had faith – even though it be as small as a tiny mustard seed – you could say tot his mountain, ‘Move over from here to there! And it would move over. No, nothing will be impossible for you. This kind, however, is cast out only by the help of prayer and fasting.”
While they were still going about in Galilee, Yeshua said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men; and they will kill Him, but on the 3rd day He shall rise again.” And they were much distressed.
When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the temple tax came to Simon and asked, ‘Doesn’t your Master pay taxes?’ He replied, “Yes.” When Simon came into the house, Yeshua spoke up first, saying, “Simon, what do you think? From whom do the kings of the world collect duties or taxes – from their sons or from others?” Simon answered, ‘From others.’ Yeshua then said, “Then the sons are exempt, aren’t they? But, so as not to offend them, go down to the sea, throw in a hook and take the first fish you catch, open its mouth and you will find a silver coin there. Take it and go pay the tax for Me and yourself.”