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Mark 9:14-29


Dear Brother Ron


Please interpret Mark 9:14-29 for me. Thanks.




Dear Whirlygirl


Mar 9:14  And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. Mar 9:15  And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. Mar 9:16  And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?


Mar 9:17  And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; Mar 9:18  And wheresoever he 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.


Mar 9:19  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. Mar 9:20  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. Mar 9:21  And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. Mar 9:22  And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.


Mar 9:23  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mar 9:24  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Mar 9:25  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.

Mar 9:26  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. Mar 9:27  But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.


Mar 9:28  And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? Mar 9:29  And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.


The boy was probably suffering from an acute form of epilepsy, which the disciples were unable to cure. Notice that, before curing the boy, Jesus questions the father's faith. Only after the father has reaffirmed his faith does Jesus drive out the disease.

The disciples were unable to deliver a cure because they were depending on their own faith. Since they had no knowledge of the boy or his condition, their faith had no focus and was ineffective. The father, on the other hand, was very familiar with the boy and his condition and could effectively focus his spiritual strngth on the source of the problem. Once Jesus was able to channel His power through the father, the boy was cured.

Notice, in Mark 9:23, Jesus tells the father, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth". The sufferer put it upon Christ's power, "If thou canst do any thing", and reflected on the want of power in the disciples; but Christ turns it upon him, and puts him to questioning his own faith, and will have him impute the disappointment to the want of that. The Bible tells us repeatedly that all things are possible to those who have total faith in God and the power of God's Spirit within us.

When vicious habits are rooted by long usage, and begin to plead prescription, like chronic diseases that are hard to cured, sometimes extraordinary measures are called for. The disciples must not think to do their work always with a like ease; some services call them to take more than ordinary pains.

Best always
Brother Ron