Scripture: Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43a; Matthew 17:22; Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:43b-45

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Heals A Boy

Matthew 17:14-21 (KJV) 14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to Him (Jesus) a certain man, kneeling down to Him, and saying, 15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.  16 And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him.  17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to Me.  18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.  19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?  20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.  21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Mark 9:14-29 (KJV) 14 And when He (Jesus) came to His disciples, He saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.  15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld Him, were greatly amazed, and running to Him saluted Him.  16 And He asked the scribes, What question ye with them?  17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto Thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18 And wheresoever he (a dumb spirit) taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to Thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.  19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto Me.  20 And they brought him unto Him: and when He saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.  21 And He asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.  22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if Thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.  23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.  24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.  26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, he is dead.  27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.  28 And when He was come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, Why could not we cast him out?  29 And He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Luke 9:37-43a (KJV) 37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met Him.  38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child.  39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. 40 And I besought Thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.  41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.  42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.  43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. …

Questions:

1. What was wrong with the boy that was brought to Jesus (Matthew 17:15; Mark 8:17; Luke 9:39)?

2. What would the spirit do to the boy (Matthew 17:15; Mark 9:18; Luke 9:39)?

3. What did Jesus do (Matthew 17:18; Mark 9:25; Luke 9:42)?

4. Then what happened (Matthew 17:18; Mark 9:26; Luke 9:42)?  

5. According to Jesus why couldn’t the disciples cast out the devil in the boy (Matthew 17:21 KJV; Mark 9:29 KJV)?

Answers:

1. The boy brought to Jesus was a lunatic, sore vexed, had a dumb spirit, was possessed.

2. The spirit would cause the boy to fall in the fire, into the water, tear him, cause him to foam at the mouth, gnash his teeth, cry out and be bruised.

3. Jesus rebuked the devil.

4. The devil departed and the boy was cured.

5. This kind of devil doesn’t go out except by prayer and fasting.

Jesus Predicts His Death – the Second Time

Matthew 17:22-23 (KJV) 22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: 23 And they shall kill Him, and the third day He shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

Mark 9:30-32 (KJV) 30 And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and He (Jesus) would not that any man should know it.  31 For He taught His disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill Him; and after that He is killed, He shall rise the third day.  32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask Him.

Luke 9:43b-45 (KJV) … But while they wondered everyone at all things which Jesus did, He said unto His disciples, 44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.  45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask Him of that saying.

Questions:

1. Who was to be betrayed (Matthew 17:22; Mark 9:31; Luke 9:44)?

2. What would be done to Him (Matthew 17:23; Mark 9:31)?

3. How did the disciples react to this information (Matthew 17:23; Mark 9:32; Luke 9:45)?

Answers:

1. The Son of man (Jesus) was to be betrayed.

2. Jesus would be killed but would raise again on the third day

3. The disciples were exceeding sorry.  They didn’t understand what Jesus was saying, but were afraid to ask Him to explain.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 17:19-20 (KJV) 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, “why could not we cast him (the devil) out?”  20 And Jesus said unto them, “Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  F.Y.I. The disciples had been given the authority by Jesus to do the healing (Matthew 10:8), but possibly hadn’t learned how to appropriate the power of God.  It’s not our faith in our ability, it is our faith in God’s ability that has to be present for healing to take place. I don’t believe Jesus was criticizing the disciples in this passage; I believe He was encouraging them to have greater faith. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 17:20 (NIV) He replied, “Because you have so little faith.  I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

If we feel weak or powerless we should examine our faith. Make sure we are trusting not in our own ability to produce results, but in God’s.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Encourage others who are facing mountains in their life to turn their eyes from the mountain and look to Christ for the faith they need.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will grow in our faith in You (Matthew 17:20).  Lord, I pray we will seek You through prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21; Mark 9:29). Lord, I pray we will faithfully follow You (Matthew 17:22; Mark 9:31, Luke 9:44). Lord, I pray we will read Your Word and seek to understand what Your Word says (Matthew 17:23; Mark 9:32; Luke 9:45).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I have faith that gets stronger and stronger.” <>< Dona