Matthew 17



Matthew 17 features the extraordinary event of the Transfiguration, where Jesus is revealed in his divine glory, and it highlights a lesson on the power of faith. The chapter also includes Jesus' repeated foretelling of his death and resurrection and a practical demonstration of his authority over financial concerns.


  1. The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13): Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up a high mountain where he is transfigured before them. His face shines like the sun, and his clothes become as white as light. Moses and Elijah appear, talking with Jesus. A voice from a bright cloud declares, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" The disciples are overcome with awe, but Jesus instructs them not to tell anyone about the vision until after his resurrection.
  2. Healing of a Demon-Possessed Boy (Matthew 17:14-21): A man brings his demon-possessed son to Jesus, seeking healing. The disciples are unable to cast out the demon, leading to a discussion about the power of faith. Jesus rebukes the unbelief and heals the boy, emphasizing the importance of faith even as small as a mustard seed.
  3. Jesus Again Foretells His Death (Matthew 17:22-23): As Jesus and his disciples are in Galilee, he predicts his upcoming betrayal, death, and resurrection. The disciples are distressed by these predictions.
  4. Payment of the Temple Tax (Matthew 17:24-27): Tax collectors ask Peter about paying the temple tax, and Jesus instructs Peter to catch a fish. In the fish's mouth, Peter finds a coin, and Jesus tells him to use it to pay the tax for both of them, demonstrating his authority over even such practical matters.