Tabernacles

Peter said to Jesus “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” because he did not know what he should say since they were terrified.

Jesus’ transfiguration was witnessed by Peter, James, and John. They were terrified since they were witnessing something unique and special. They were speechless except that Peter always finds something to say. So he says lets build some tabernacles.

Weren’t tabernacles used as places of worship? Wasn’t the tabernacle that was with the Israelites during their wilderness journey where God resided? Wasn’t the tabernacle the “temple” before the temple was built by Solomon?

Was Peter suggesting they should put up a place of worship for Moses and Elijah along with Jesus? Moses and Elijah were mere men so not to be worshiped. Was Peter getting confused?

Peter knew there was one God and while he may be still wondering if Jesus is God in flesh, I don’t think Peter was trying to establish a worship of Moses and Elijah. I think Peter was looking to respect and honor those he saw during the transfiguration.

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