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The Healing of a Boy with an Evil Spirit

    A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.

    “O unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied. “How long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.?

    So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

    Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

    “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

    “If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”

    Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me to overcome my unbelief!”

    When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. “You deaf and dumb spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

    The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

    After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

    He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” -- Mark 9:14-29

At the time the Jesus walked on earth, it seems that Satan possessed amazing power. Or perhaps, people had a different way at looking at disease and affliction; whereas today, we seldom recognize the power of Satan.

The sufferer

  • Youth
  • Unable to speak
  • Convulsions
    • His affliction is described as one would describe epilepsy, although that disorder is described and named in other passages of Scripture.

The boy’s father

  • Initial error
    • Went to the disciples for relief rather than to the Lord
  • The correction
    • He then went to the Lord
    • “Teacher, I have brought you my son”
  • Describes the sufferings of his boy
    • Details
    • Likely future, without relief

The Savior

He rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith, ordered the child to be brought to him, and inquired into the details of the boy’s affliction. Having done this, he focuses on the faith of the father.

  • In me there is power, but your faith is needed in order to put it into operation
  • In me there is the ability to heal your son, but must be willing to draw it out
  • For all that can be done, faith can do it

The humble prayer of the father

  • Affirmed his belief
  • Admitted his failings
  • Asked for the Lord’s help

The miracle

  • Ordered the spirit to come out
  • The spirit struggled, but Christ overcame

Application of the parable

  • The malevolent character of Satan
  • Saving power of Christ
  • Power of faith
  • Parental affection and influence

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