The vision, being designed only to introduce the voice, when that was delivered, disappeared (Mark 9:8) Suddenly when they had looked round about, as men amazed to see where they were, all was gone, they saw no man any more. A torrent of appeal breaks from his lips as soon as the Lord gives him … This Jesus taught them by a sign; whoever shall receive one like this child, receives me. Those who are most humble and self-denying, most resemble Christ, and shall be most tenderly owned by him. Jesus explained to the disciples the prophecy about Elias. Mark 9:2 - Mark 9:13. All rights reserved. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Mark 9 – The Transfiguration A. Jesus is transfigured. Had he been delivered into the hands of devils, and they had done this, it had not been so strange; but that men should thus shamefully treat the Son of man, who came to redeem and save them, is wonderful. What Does Jesus Mean by 'Their Worm Does Not Die' (Mark 9:44, 46, 48)? Very much is promised to our believing. And besides, he, being now in a state of humiliation, would haves nothing publicly taken notice of, that … Had he been delivered into the hands of devils, and they had done this, it had not been so strange; but that men should thus shamefully treat the Son of man, who came to redeem and save them, is wonderful. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. He charged them to keep this matter very private, till he was risen from the dead, which would complete the proof of his divine mission, and then this must be produced with the rest of the evidence, v. 9. God owns Jesus, and accepts him as his beloved Son, and is ready to accept us in him. But when it is well with us, we are apt not to care for others, and in the fulness of our enjoyments, we forget the many wants of our brethren. If sinners are brought to repent, to believe in the Saviour, and to live sober, righteous, and godly lives, we then see that the Lord works by the preacher. : This is one of the texts which very soon became misunderstood, the ascetic addition, καὶ νηστείᾳ, being at once a proof and a cause of misunderstanding. We have here the discourse between Christ and his disciples, as they came down from the mount.(1.) "Questioning" (KJV) or "disputing" (NKJV) in Mark 9:14 is translated from a Greek word that implies confuting, that is, attempting to disprove or deny. Alas! The success of Christ, however, countered the failure of the disciples, shutting the mouths of the critical scribes. Therefore we must own and accept him as our beloved Saviour, and must give up ourselves to be ruled by him. We shall be called to account about our discourses, and to account for our disputes, especially about being greater than others. The father of the suffering youth reflected on the want of power in the disciples; but Christ will have him reckon the disappointment to the want of faith. He alone gives us this part of the conversation between our Lord and the afflicted child’s father. 1. But Satan is unwilling to be driven from those that have been long his slaves, and, when he cannot deceive or destroy the sinner, he will cause him all the terror that he can. Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. The poor man had brought his child to the disciples, and found them unable to do anything with him. © 2020 Christianity.com. Some believe that Jesus refers to sinners as worms and says that those people would never die but would live on in agonizing torment. Our Lord blamed the apostles, reminding them that he who wrought miracles in his name would not be likely to hurt his cause. Very much is promised to our believing. that while the Saviour teaches so plainly the things which belong to his love and grace, men are so blinded that they understand not his sayings. Mark 9:29. τοῦτο τὸ γένος, etc. Those that complain of unbelief, must look up to Christ for grace to help them against it, and his grace will be sufficient for them. A glimpse of that kingdom was given in the transfiguration of Christ. (14-29) The apostles reproved. The disciples must not think to do their work always with the same ease; some services call for more than ordinary pains. (41-50). Many have been like the disciples, ready to silence men who have success in preaching to sinners repentance in Christ's name, because they follow not with them.
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