Luke 9 v 33 “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.)”
Peter wanted to prolong what God was wanting to conclude.
Moses and Elijah, the Law and the Prophets, had been speaking to Jesus about his suffering and death and now they began to leave.
Peter races in:
This is good!
Let us keep going! Of course he wants continuity. He did miss the first half whilst he was asleep after all!
Let us house what we are experiencing!
Peter doesn’t know what he is saying. He hasn’t understood the whole experience.
But Peter did understand more than perhaps we do.
The Transfiguration took place many believe during Sukkoth, the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths. This festival celebrates all that God did for His people during the wilderness years. During this week long ceremony the Jews live in temporary shelters or booths. Attached to the feast are 2 further ceremonies, the water and the illumination. The water ceremony celebrating God’s provision in the wilderness and the illumination ceremony focuses on His presence as a pillar of fire by night. Sukkoth celebrates what will be the last great prophetic event when the Messiah comes to earth and establishes His kingdom in God’s land. They are on the mountain with Sukkoth in their minds and then the 3 disciples see the greatest illumination show that they have ever seen!
So when Peter suggested building the 3 shelters he was declaring:
“I get it! THIS IS IT!”
The message came back which is still the same today, the kingdom is here but it is to come.
Peter wanted more on the mountain. God wanted more down the mountain.
Your life is off the mountain. That is where God is sending you.
Let thy kingdom come!