Matt.17:5,6 – And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter responded and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If You want, I will make three tabernacles here: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!”

Moses and Elijah are the confirming witnesses of the person and ministry of Jesus. These two are the embodiment of the law and the prophets to whom the Jews owed their allegiance. These men appearing with Jesus in the cloud of glory declare that Jesus is the fulfillment of everything they did and preached. From the parting of the Red Sea to Elijah raising a boy from the dead their words and works are confirmed in the work of Jesus Christ. Even the cloud that was evident in the world of Moses was there, Jesus is the Prophet the nation of Israel had longed for. Here is how F.F. Bruce describes this.

“Moses and Elijah represent the law and the prophets, the old order now being superseded by the new. The passing of both of them from earthly life had been attended with mystery, and something of that mystery still attaches to them as they reappear to bear final witness to him to whom law and prophecy alike pointed forward. Now he has come, and they say, in effect, “This is he!” before receding into the background. They have said their say, but now, says God, “This is my beloved Son, … listen to him”. To the announcement of the heavenly voice at the baptism there is now added the exhortation referring to the promised prophet like Moses. All that God has to say is embodied in him.”

Christ fulfilling every detail of the words of God found in the law and the prophets is overwhelming. From Abraham offering his only son to Jonah being three days and nights in the belly of the whale all of their words proclaim Christ. Three of the disciples were present for this important moment. Jesus did not come to do away with the law and the prophets, He came to fulfill them. Reading His book is where we find Him today, He is the Word of God that became a man.

2 thoughts on “THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS”

  1. So simple and yet at the same instant, more profound than the ever expanding universe. Our present senses are limited in the capacity to do more than take in tiny bits, mustard seeds as He put it, realigned us to where He restored us towards. The secrets in worship, our unlimited access portal for now.

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