Elijah and Moses
Mark 9:4 AV
And there appeared¹ unto them Elias with² Moses:
and they were talking with Jesus.
¹) To show oneself, being seen; To allow one’s self to be seen, to appear
²) With (σύν – sun) implies a coherence, the two who are with each other are intimately connected and goes very much further then μετά (meta) which means being in the same place with a person.
From other translations
Other translations:And Elijah appeared [there] to them, accompanied by Moses, and they were holding [a protracted] conversation with Jesus. [AMP] And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. [ESV] Elijah, along with Moses, came into view, in deep conversation with Jesus. [MSB] And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. [KJV] And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. [NIV] Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus. [NLT] And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. [NKJV]
Some further information:
Jesus’ glorification is accompanied by the appearance of two heavenly figures, namely ‘Elijah and Moses’, possibly the two most important prophets of the Old Testament, for the Jews.
The word “ophthe” (literally: he was seen, he appeared) is also used in connection with the appearances of the Lord Jesus after His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:5-8).
As with the apparitions, the glorification is a visible, real event, and not a vision.
Elias with Moses
They have in common that both had an exceptional end-of-life (Deuteronomy 34:1-12; 2 Kings 2:1-12) and the Jews expected (already in the Old Testament) that they would play a role together in the end-time event (Malachi 4:4-5, compare Revelation 11:1-14).
Elijah means “my God is Yahweh”
Elijah was a prophet born at Thisbe, the unflinching champion of the theocracy in the reigns of the idolatrous kings Ahab and Ahaziah. He was taken up to heaven without dying, whence the Jews expected he would return just before the advent of the Messiah, to whom he would prepare the minds of the Israelites, to receive Him.
For Elijah also see: https://devotionals.harryschoemaker.nl/2020/10/30/elijah/
The legislator of the Jewish people, and in a certain sense the founder of the Jewish religion. He wrote the first five books of the Bible, commonly referred to as the Books of Moses.
For Moses also see: https://devotionals.harryschoemaker.nl/2020/10/18/moses/
Talking with Jesus
Elijah and Moses are engaged in a conversation with Jesus, the contents of which only Luke tells us, namely, His exit which He would fulfill in Jerusalem ”(Luke 9:31).
Now let us reflect on this
Six days after the first announcement of the suffering, here is what we call the transfiguration on the mountain.
Peter, James, and John witness a very special event: Jesus is transformed – the glory radiates from Him. And there is the appearance of Elijah and Moses.
No wonder the disciples don’t know what they are talking about anymore.
Out of sheer confusion, Peter proposes to build three tents.
Does he want to shape the situation in such a way?
With all this, there is God’s voice from a cloud: This is My Beloved Son, hear Him!
Obey Him even if His way leads you to suffering, and even if He asks for imitation.
Suddenly everything is gone again.
They saw no one more than Jesus alone.
It is about Him ..!
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