Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Proper Response of Unbelief

      Immediately, when the entire crowd saw Him, they were amazed and began running up to greet Him.  And He asked them," What are you discussing with them?"  And one of the crowd answered Him, "Teacher, I brought You my son, possessed with a spirit which makes him mute; and whenever it seizes him, it slams him to the ground and he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth and stiffens out.  I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not do it."  And He answered them and said, "O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you?  Bring him to Me!"  They brought the boy to Him.  When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth.  And He asked his father, "How long has this been happening?" 
And he said, "From childhood.  It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him.  But if You can do anything,  take pity on us and help us!"  And Jesus said to him, " 'If  You can?' All things are possible to him who believes."  Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief." 
 When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again."  After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, "He is dead!"  But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him, and he got up. 

Mark 9:15-27

"What kind of promise is this?" you may well ask. This is a sweet passage of hope and comfort to the Christian in that Jesus both points out the remedy and enables those who trust Him to grasp it. The father's agony for his son, and the final granting of his request by the Lord Jesus is so sweet in times of distress and uncertainty.  The cry of "I do believe; help my unbelief!" is a frequent prayer of my heart.  May the Lord use it to minister to yours today too. 


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