Mark 9:17-27 – Help My Unbelief

Mark 9:17-27
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 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 any thing, 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.

-In this passage, Jesus performs a wondrous miracle in response to a small measure of faith possessed by a desperate father.  The father does believe, but his great unbelief gets in the way.  He admits his weakness and asks Jesus to fix that problem as well.  Jesus goes above and beyond what the father asks for and gives the man every reason to let go of his unbelief.  Just imagine if Jesus had stopped with the father’s original request and done nothing else; the boy’s demons were exercised, but he was left for dead.  Jesus could have left it at that, but He gave something the father didn’t think to ask for, a complete restoration of the boy’s health.  How often have we asked for something specific from the Lord only to have “him do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20)?  Perhaps an even more important questions is what miracles have we missed in our own lives by asking God to do spot repairs and all the while He is waiting to fix everything?

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