Wilderness Experience 11 – Elijah and Moses, Elijah and Jesus

We shall continue about the story of Jesus in the wilderness. Our conference will focus more on Jesus in the wilderness. But for now we will go and see Elijah’s experience in the wilderness.

Matthew 17:1-5
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

What is the relationship between Jesus, Moses and Elijah?
Why is it that this announcement of Jesus’ sonship should happen for the second time with both of them as witnesses this time around? Was Elijah hearing this announcement for the first time?

Matthew 17:11-13
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

If Elijah was the spirit in John the Baptist; then why did Elijah have to hear the sonship announcement twice? First he heard it when he baptized Jesus then Jesus went to wilderness. Second he hears it together with Moses; is Jesus going to the wilderness again? Now we know that the common place among these three “men” is wilderness.

But why did God take Elijah to the same experience and encounter and a place where He met with Moses in Mount Horeb, Mt Sinai the Mount of God?

1 Kings 19:8-8
And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
Why did Elijah, Moses and Jesus share a 40 day experience in the wilderness with God?

Why did God allow Elijah to share Moses’ experience in Mount Sinai then Jesus’s experience in Jordan River? And now again in the Mount of Transfiguration?
These questions should not let us forget the prophecy of Malachi concerning Elijah:

Malachi 4:5-6
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Why did Elijah have to come again to this ministry of Sonship? Is there a relationship between wilderness and sonship?
Do you remember when Elisha cried in Jordan and said these words: 2 Kings 2:12-12
And Elisha saw [it], and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

Was Jesus not going to repeat the same words in a new wilderness of the spirit called the Cross when he said: Matthew 27:46-46
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

In Jordan you say: My Father My Father
But in the spiritual wilderness you say: My God My God.
Why did Jesus not say My Father My Father?
Could it not be that He was now speaking on our behalf in this spiritual wilderness of being separated with God? Let us therefore go learn about this Elijah in the next session.

Shalom.

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