Matthew 17 Outline
– Jesus transfigures himself (Matthew 17:1-13)
– Jesus heals a demon possessed boy (Matthew 17:14-23)
– Temple tax (Matthew 17:24-27)
Matthew 17 Bible Study
In Matthew 17:1-13, Jesus took Peter, James and John up to the mountain. While they were on the mountain, Jesus transfigured. His face was bright and his clothes become white. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and they had conversation with Jesus. When Peter saw this, he suggests building three shelters. A bright cloud passed over the and said ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. ‘ Later, Jesus and his disciples climbed down the mountain. As they climbed down the mountain, Jesus told them not to tell anyone who he is. Jesus told his disciples that Elijah has already come. Elijah is John the Baptist. Herod killed John the Baptist, because the daughter of Herodias, his wife, requested it. To avoid embarrassment before his guests, he sent the guards to behead John, the Baptist in the prison. Jesus predicted to his disciples that he will be handed over to the enemies and killed.
In Matthew 17:14-21, a man approached Jesus and asked him to heal his son who suffered from epilepsy. The disciples of Jesus couldn’t cast out the demons because they did not have faith. After Jesus rebuked the demon and cast it out of the boy, the boy becomes well again. Jesus says everything is possible when you have faith as small as a mustard seed.
In Matthew 17:22-23, Jesus predicted to his disciples that he will be handed over to the enemies but he will be risen from the dead on the third day. The disciples were sad after hearing this.
In Matthew 17:24-27, the temple tax collector asked Peter whether Jesus pay tax. Peter said yes. Jesus asked Peter whether the king of this earth collect tax from their children or foreigners. Jesus is the king of this earth. He is the king of kings. We are the children of God. Jesus is trying to say that he does not need to pay tax because he is the king of the earth and Peter does not have to pay tax because he is the child of God. After that, Jesus told Peter to go to the lake to catch a fish. Jesus said he will find a coin enough for paying his tax and Peter tax in the mouth of the fish.