70 Jesus delivers when the disciples can’t.

Matthew 17:14–21; Mark 9:14–29; Luke 9:37–43

How effectively might the disciples have been arguing with the teachers of the Law (Mark 9:14)?

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Why did the crowd go to Jesus as soon as they saw him (Mark 9:15)?

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What was the nature of the argument between the disciples and the teachers of the Law (Mark 9:16–18)?

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Why did Jesus call his generation “faithless and corrupt” (Matthew 17:17)?

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Why did the boy go into convulsions when he saw Jesus (Mark 9:20)?

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Why did Jesus need to ask how long the boy had suffered (Mark 9:21)?

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Why would the evil spirit want to kill its dwelling place (Mark 9:22)?

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With faith, what is the “anything” that is made possible (Mark 9:23)?

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How could the father say he believed and then be concerned about his unbelief (Mark 9:24)?

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At other times, Jesus did miracles in private and asked to keep it quiet. Why wasn’t a public display of God’s power a problem now (Mark 9:25–27)?

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The disciples had delivered people from evil spirits before. Why couldn’t they deliver this boy (Mark 9:28–29)?

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What was so amazing about this miracle (Luke 9:43)?

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The day after Jesus and the three disciples came down from the mountain, they saw a large crowd gathered around the other disciples, who were arguing with some teachers of the Law. As soon as the people saw Jesus, they were awestruck and ran to greet him.

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Matthew 17:14 When they arrived where a large crowd was waiting, a man came and knelt before Jesus. 15 “Sir, have mercy on my son because he is out of his mind and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.
Mark 9:14–15 When they returned to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and some teachers of the Law arguing with them. As soon as the people saw Jesus, they were awestruck and ran to greet him.
Luke 9:37 The day after Jesus and the three disciples came down from the mountain, they met a large crowd.
King James

Matthew 17:14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
Mark 9:14–15 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.
Luke 9:37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him.

Jesus said to the teachers of the Law, “What are you arguing about?”

Eyewitness

Mark 9:16 Jesus said to the teachers of the Law, “What are you arguing about?”
King James

Mark 9:16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?

A man from the crowd shouted, “I brought my son, who has an evil spirit that prevents him from speaking.” The man came and knelt before Jesus. “Teacher, I beg you, help my son, who is out of his mind. He is my only child, and he suffers terribly. An evil spirit takes control of him, so he screams, grinds his teeth, foams at the mouth, and goes into convulsions. It will not leave him alone until after he is physically exhausted. I begged your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they could not do it.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 17:14–16 When they arrived where a large crowd was waiting, a man came and knelt before Jesus. “Sir, have mercy on my son because he is out of his mind and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
Mark 9:17–18 A man from the crowd said, “I brought my son, who has an evil spirit that prevents him from speaking. Whenever it controls him, he is thrown into convulsions. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes physically exhausted. I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they could not do it.”
Luke 9:38–40 A man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you, help my son. He is my only child. An evil spirit takes control of him, so he screams, foams at the mouth, and goes into convulsions. It will not leave him alone until after he is physically exhausted. I begged your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they could not do it.”
King James

Matthew 17:14–16 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 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. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
Mark 9:17–18 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 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.
Luke 9:38–40 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.

Jesus said, “How long must I be with this faithless and corrupt generation? How long must I put up with you? Bring your son to me.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 17:17 Jesus said, “How long must I be with this faithless and corrupt generation? How long must I put up with you? Bring your son to me.”
Mark 9:19 Jesus said, “How long must I be with this faithless generation? How long must I put up with you? Bring your son to me.”
Luke 9:41 Jesus said, “How long must I be with this faithless and corrupt generation? How long must I put up with you? Bring your son to me.”
King James

Matthew 17:17 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.
Mark 9:19 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.
Luke 9:41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.

So they brought the boy, and he went into convulsions as soon as he saw Jesus. The boy fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth.

Eyewitness

Mark 9:20 So they brought the boy, and he went into convulsions as soon as he saw Jesus. The boy fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth.
Luke 9:42 When the boy came near, he went into convulsions and fell to the ground. Jesus spoke against the evil spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.
King James

Mark 9:20 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.
Luke 9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.

“How long has he been this way?” Jesus said.

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Mark 9:21 “How long has he been this way?” Jesus said. “Ever since he was little.
King James

Mark 9:21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

“Ever since he was little. The evil spirit often throws him into the fire or into the water, trying to kill him. Please have mercy and help us if you can.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 17:15 “Sir, have mercy on my son because he is out of his mind and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.
Mark 9:21–22 “How long has he been this way?” Jesus asked. “Ever since he was little. The evil spirit often throws him into the fire or into the water, trying to kill him. Please have mercy and help us if you can.”
King James

Matthew 17:15 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.
Mark 9:21–22 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 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.

“For those who believe, anything is possible.”

Eyewitness

Mark 9:23 “For those who believe, anything is possible.”
King James

Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

“I do believe,” the father said, crying. “Help my unbelief.”

Eyewitness

Mark 9:24 “I do believe,” the father said, crying. “Help my unbelief.”
King James

Mark 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

When Jesus saw that more people were gathering around, he spoke against the evil spirit, commanding it to come out of the boy and never return. The spirit shrieked and threw the boy into another violent convulsion. Then it came out of him and left, leaving the body motionless.

Eyewitness

Matthew 17:18 Jesus spoke against the evil spirit, and it came out of the boy and left. From that moment, the boy was well.
Mark 9:25–26 When Jesus saw that more people were gathering around, he spoke against the evil spirit, commanding it to come out of him and never return. The spirit shrieked and threw the boy into another violent convulsion. Then it left, leaving the body motionless. “He is dead,” people said.
Luke 9:42 When the boy came near, he went into convulsions and fell to the ground. Jesus spoke against the evil spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.
King James

Matthew 17:18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
Mark 9:25–26 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. 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.
Luke 9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.

“He is dead,” people said.

Eyewitness

Mark 9:26 The spirit shrieked and threw the boy into another violent convulsion. Then it left, leaving the body motionless. “He is dead,” people said.
King James

Mark 9:26 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.

Jesus took him by the hand, helped him stand, and gave him back to his father. From that moment, the boy was well.

Eyewitness

Matthew 17:18 Jesus spoke against the evil spirit, and it came out of the boy and left. From that moment, the boy was well.
Mark 9:27 Jesus took him by the hand and helped him stand.
Luke 9:42 When the boy came near, he went into convulsions and fell to the ground. Jesus spoke against the evil spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.
King James

Matthew 17:18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
Mark 9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
Luke 9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.

Later, when they were alone in the house, the disciples said to Jesus, “Why couldn’t we cast out the evil spirit?”

Eyewitness

Matthew 17:19 Later, the disciples talked to Jesus privately. “Why couldn’t we cast out the evil spirit?”
Mark 9:28 Later, when they were alone in the house, the disciples said to Jesus, “Why couldn’t we cast out the evil spirit?”
King James

Matthew 17:19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
Mark 9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

“Your faith did not work because it had no God connection. The truth is, if you had real faith the size of a mustard seed, you could tell this mountain to move and it could not stand still. Nothing would be impossible. That is why you need to fast and pray. This kind,” he said, “requires prayer and fasting.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 17:20–21 “Your faith did not work because it had no God connection. The truth is, if you had real faith the size of a mustard seed, you could tell this mountain to move and it could not stand still. Nothing would be impossible. That is why you need to fast and pray.”
Mark 9:29 “This kind,” he said, “requires prayer and fasting.”
King James

Matthew 17:20–21 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.
Mark 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Everyone who saw the miracle was amazed at God’s mighty power.

Eyewitness

Luke 9:43 Everyone was amazed at God’s mighty power. While people were still marveling at the miracles, Jesus taught his disciples.
King James

Luke 9:43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples,