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Embracing The Moment

March 11, 2012
Greetings,
 
“After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  There He was transfigured before them.  His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.  Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.  Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.  If you wish, I will put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!”  Matthew 17: 1-5
 
In all my days I have rarely heard any commentary on the transfiguration, but I am going to give it a shot.  The main thing I get out of this passage is that we should listen to Jesus and not The Law, or The Prophets.  Moses clearly represents the Law and Elijah the Prophets, but Father said listen to my Son.  Sure reading the Law and the Prophets in the Old Testament can be helpful at times, but we should focus on Jesus and the new covenant.  And wherever the Old Covenant seems to contradict Jesus we should always go with the way Jesus taught and viewed things.  The Father said listen to Jesus, so that is exactly what I am going to do.
 
The other thing that stands out in this passage is Peters wanting to build shelters/monuments for Jesus, Moses and Elijah.  It seems like many in the church always want to build a building/monument when they witness a move of God.  Notice Peter receives no answer to his proposition.  He is totally ignored by God.  When God reveals Himself to us and we witness a move of The Spirit, we should just enjoy and embrace the moment for what it is; instead of trying to figure out how to contain, sell and market it for others.  We should also allow those moments to pass so that we can press on forward to the next thing God wants to do in us.  We are NEVER supposed to try and bottle, contain and sell the things that God does before and within us.
 
When we try to extend a move of The Spirit beyond its God ordained lifespan things always get weird.  The Toronto blessing was a real event, but trying to keep it going to draw crowds was a huge mistake.  When we focus on yesterdays manna, we end up missing the next thing God wants us to know and experience.  “His mercies are new every morning”, so please allow yesterday to pass so that we can fully welcome Him brand new each and every day.  
 
Love and……..
 
Kirk Out !
 
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2 Comments
  1. Kirk,

    It is so hard for religious man to grasp that there is nothing about the New Covenant that is a carry-over from the Old. Peter, bless his heart, was still thinking in terms of the old. As you point out he puts Jesus on the same level as Moses and Elijah– the law and the prophets. Then he sets out to do what any good religious person would do, “Cease the Moment!” Let’s build! Let’s enshrine what God is doing in you, Jesus! I think that Peter came closer to being struck dead by God that day than we will ever know. It is good that Father had already embarked on establishing a NEW Covenant of grace under His Son. “Hear ye HIM!”

    What did Jesus say? One thing He said was that the old temple system was coming down! Not one stone would be left upon another of that monument to the Old Covenant system. Then He personally tore the veil of that temple from top to bottom and made an open door which no priest cast could shut up against men ever again. Jesus rebuilt a temple for God, but this time it was one that no carnal man could partake in or build… one made of living stones with Himself as the Chief Cornerstone and its sure foundation. This whole mentality of men building a sanctuary for God is such an affront to all that Jesus is and did.

    Men marvel that the early church never constructed a singe church building to “worship in” until the despot Emperor Constantine took control of the church to himself in 312 AD, when he rapidly converted it into a pagan temple system overlorded by pagan priests and his bishops. Remember, it is these human builders who reject Christ as the Head of the Corner in God’s holy temple. Even Stephen saw that and His speaking out in these terms got him killed,

    But it was Solomon who built a house for him. Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with hands; as the prophet says, ‘Heaven is my throne, and earth my footstool. What house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? Did not my hand make all these things?’ “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. (Acts 7:47-51 RSVA) It is long past due that what calls itself “the Church” get its eyes and hopes off that Old dead covenant and put its heart on our God who makes all things NEW. Temple builders ALWAYS resist God’s Holy Spirit. The Spirit is described as moving like the wind in and among God’s people and building and their builders always resist the Wind of God by their very natures.

    And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light shall the nations walk; and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it, and its gates shall never be shut by day–and there shall be no night there; they shall bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. (Revelation 21:22-26 RSVA)

  2. Homesick permalink

    Jesus was very clear when he said the he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. I don’t see contradictions between the Old and New Testament. I do see a new way to Father. I do see the Jesus as the final and ultimate sacrifice. But that is not a contradiction to the Old.

    Toronto seemed very amazing at the time. I remember going out there to see what was happening. I remember “renewal meetings” that began to spring up all over the US in various Vineyard Churches as a result. I also remember the breakdown of fellowship and division that soon followed.

    I recently watched a video posted by Andrew Strom about Kundalini practices in India. There are three parts to the video….it is worth watching them all. It has totally caused me to rethink much of current happenings in the “charismatic movement”.

    I am not trying to discredit the real move of the Holy Spirit and the releasing of the gifts of the Spirit. I just think it may be very different that the contemporary church sees it…..

    Watch the video and you will see what I mean…..

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