HEALTH, HEALING, AND MIRACLES – PART TWENTY
Sunday – July 22, 2018, Av 10, 5778
Greetings and welcome back to this faith building teaching on maintaining and restoring health, healing, and miracles. Today, let’s look at a boy with a demon. As usual we will start with Matthew and then see what Mark and Luke have to say led of the Holy Spirit about the same incident. These things are for our learning so that we can and will go and do likewise.
Matthew 17:14-21 (KJV)
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
In this account we find a father who has brought his son to the disciples for healing and they could not. From the description it would appear that the boy likely had seizures but it could also have been any number of other conditions. As we move into the Book of Mark we see that there were two faith issues at play in this case, one was the faith of the disciples and the other was the faith of the father. Jesus calls a lack of faith perverse. The account here in Matthew leaves out the faith conversation with the father. However, as we have seen over and over again in these teachings, that when the faith of the person needing healing comes in contact with the Anointing upon Jesus they were healed. Of course, Jesus needed to have faith for the Anointing to be fully effective. As we can see from the discussion that Jesus had with His disciples in our text above it does not take much faith to move mountains. What does that say about our faith? Equally important, what does it say about our Anointing.
Isaiah 10:27 (KJV)
27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
In that day (Old Testament period until the Day of Pentecost Acts Chapter two) only the Priest, King, and Prophet had the Anointing along with a few others anointed for special tasks. Today anyone can have the very same Anointing as they had, that Jesus had, and do all the things and more that they did and Jesus did.
John 14:12 (KJV)
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Notice in our primary text from Matthew Jesus said that with faith the size of a mustard seed not only would the mountain move but “nothing shall be impossible unto you”. Seems like developing our faith is a very worthwhile endeavor. That being the case why are we not doing the necessary due diligence to develop our faith? Before we move into the other gospel writers let me point out that many translations do not have verse twenty-one. However, it would seem probable and consistent with other Scripture that this likely did explain what was going on in this case. Prayer is spending time and fasting at its core is doing the will of God not just going without food.
Isaiah 58:6-7 (KJV)
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Is this not Isaiah sixty-one, is this not the exercise of the Anointing? Is this not doing what Jesus did and the greater things? Let’s take a look at Mark.
Mark 9:19 (KJV)
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.
In this verse Jesus seems to be addressing not only the lack of faith of His disciples but that of the father as well. As we see in the next passage the father, but not the disciples, had sense enough to repent of having no faith, what about us?
Mark 9:23-24 (KJV)
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.
Let us repent of our unbelief and watch the mountains move in our lives. We will have to spend time with the Father and we will have to do the will of God concerning those around us. Jesus Himself is telling us that if we can believe “all things are possible”. When will we grab hold of this and believe? Faith or believing comes one way and that is by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). What do we put ahead of the Word of God? Perhaps a few extra minutes of sleep, a TV show, a game, reading the newspaper, or perhaps idle chatter, or even worse perhaps is speaking with a forward mouth and the declaration of the curse in our lives over and over. You can also review this account in Luke 9:37-42.
Until our next publication, I speak this Scriptural prayer for your life right now, receive it in the name of Jesus, confess it, and walk it out with thanksgiving.
Exodus 15:26 (KJV)
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
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