The sight of the three greatest men of God on a mountaintop must have been awe inspiring at least.
Simon Peter was so overcome with the sight that he wanted to build a shelter or shrine for Moses, Elijah and Jesus and asked the Lord’s permission. Before the disciple could utter another word he was interrupted. A “bright cloud overshadowed them,” and a voice was heard from the cloud. The voice said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5 NASB). The sound of the voice was so alarming Peter, James and John fell to the ground afraid.
“Listen to him!” This was something Peter should have heard, but we know from the scriptures there were times when this disciple and apostle didn’t hear the Lord very well. Jesus told Peter he would deny him, but Peter didn’t listen and contradicted the son of God (Matthew 26:34-35). Peter would contradict the Lord again even after Pentecost in a vision (Acts 10:9-16).
People still will contradict the Lord instead of listening to him. Jesus commanded his disciples to baptize believers and his own disciples required believers to be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38, 41; Acts 10:47-48). Yet, there are those who deny baptism is essential to salvation no matter what the Lord said or his apostles did.
Jesus commanded that his disciples stop judging according to appearance, but to render righteous judgment (John 7:24). Instead, there are people who call themselves Christians who judge others unfairly on no other basis than what they think they see.
Jesus taught his disciples that they must be willing to forgive others if they want their own sins forgiven by God (Matthew 18:35). Yet, there are those who will not listen to the son of God and continue to harbor ill will toward those who trespass against them. There are even those who would plot their neighbor’s ruin in order to avenge a wrong they think they’ve suffered when they’ve been commanded not to do so (Matthew 5:38; Romans 12:17-20).
When will we do as God commanded Peter, James and John and listen to God’s son? When will we begin to obey his commands and stop picking and choosing which commands we will obey and which ones we will disregard?