The scripture for today is Mark 9:9-13, KJV.
"And as they came down form the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead."
Jesus, Peter, James and John had gone up the mountain, and the apostles witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus, "shining, exceeding white as snow..." They saw Moses and Elias speaking with Jesus. They saw a cloud, and out of it came a voice saying, "This is my beloved Son: hear him ..." (9:5) What a sight that must have been -- both inspiring and yet frightening. Who wouldn't want to tell everyone they knew about what they had seen? Yet Jesus commands them not to say anything.
Why? Would it cause friction between the apostles because only three of them were chosen by Jesus to witness this? Peter, being afraid and not knowing what to say, wanted to build three tabernacles on the spot. Yet Jesus tells them to be quiet about what they had seen. They had no concept of what rising from the dead meant to Jesus, but they obeyed Him.
Although they spoke about it among themselves, the secret was kept. Jesus trusted them, and they trusted Jesus. How good are we at keeping confidences? Where do we put our trust? What are the secrets we keep? Can God put his trust in us?
Lord of goodness and mercy, you know our hearts. You know our secrets. You have given us your trust and your love, and we ask you to give us the strength to trust in you and give you thanks in all circumstances. In the name of Jesus we pray.
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Prayer Concern: Those who cannot find a way to trust in the Lord