A Gentle Rebuke and Lesson-Part 2

After Jesus gently rebuked His disciples for their lack of faith and their inability to cast out the dumb spirit from this man’s son, in Mark 9:19, He said, “Bring him unto Me.” There are times when no human being can help us, but Jesus can! He can heal and help! However, keep in mind that sometimes God has a purpose in allowing suffering. (Two examples: Job and Paul’s “thorn in the flesh“). In this account, Jesus chose to deliver the man’s son. Mark recounts this miracle in Chapter 9, Verses 20-29 : “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. And He asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 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. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief. 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. 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. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when He was come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” Whatever else Jesus might be teaching His disciples, He was pointing out that we must be willing to sacrifice and pray fervently. (See James 5:16). Consider the prayer in the hymn, “Fervent Prayer My Soul Employs:” “Fervent prayer my soul employs; faith is there and doubt destroys; fervent praise my soul employs, hope comes in and crowns my joys: but as first and best to me, give me, give me charity; spotless charity–stainless charity, give me, give me charity. (Author unknown). “Selah!  Do we love, and are we willing, if need be, to fast and fervently pray?    Ron

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