The God of the (supposed) Impossible

I want you to read Mark 9:14-29

This story tells about one of the few times when Jesus cast out an evil spirit. When Jesus and his three closest disciples came down from the mount of transfiguration, they were met with a distressing circumstance. It was a situation that baffled the disciples that were attempting to deal with it.

This narrative is comprised of four scenes.

The first scene (9:14–19) begins with crowds gathered around a father, a demon possessed son, and the helpless disciples. When Jesus came they were engaged in a debate, and this scene climaxes with Jesus lamenting over a faithless generation. These men had been given a commission in Mark 6:7 which included “power over unclean spirits,” but they had failed in their task - So what is the problem?

The first problem identified is unbelief! In this passage Jesus uses the phrases:

  • “O faithless generation” - v. 19

  • “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” - v. 23

This scene emphasizes one of the chief causes of all spiritual failure—lack of faith in God. However, this section also teaches us that there is a power in faith that can win the day (Mark 10:27)!

Aggressive / persistent faith is a chief characteristic of success in difficult cases:

Read the story of the Leper in Mark 1:40-45 ... well as the story of the paralytic man who was healed in Mark 2:1-10.

Don’t forget to read the encounter of Jairus and his little daughter who was sick and actually dies.

In the middle of that touching story we find the miraculous healing of the woman with “an issue of blood” - Mark 5:21-43.

Also read about the Syrophoenician woman’s daughter in Mark 7:24-30,

as well as about Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52.