Several weeks ago, I attended a performance of "The Rock and the Rabbi." The main speaker was portraying the part of Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples. He told of several experiences that he had encountered in his time with Jesus, the Rabbi.
One such experience was when Moses and Elijah appeared to them from Heaven. The actor recounted the moments by saying that when he saw the two appear, he didn’t have anything to say—-so he said something.
"Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters…."
Are we learning to remain quiet when we have not considered what to say? Words spoken in haste may not be what we had hoped to convey. Speech is a curious thing, allowing our minds a passageway to the consciousness of another, sometimes, without the proper screening.
My mouth has uttered words that I wish I could retract. They can never truly be taken back, yet God can forgive us for our careless utterings.
As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.
Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus.
They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.)
While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.
A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him."
When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone.
The disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen.