MARK 9:14-29 – MEETING THE CHALLENGE!

We all have challenges in our walk as Christ-followers. It seems that right after God does something great in our lives, we are challenged by something takes us “Off the Mountain” and “Down to the Valley”. Jesus faced one of these challenges after His transfiguration (Mark 9:1-13). We can learn from Him in this account of the healing of a demon-possessed son. 

A DISTURBED CROWD – Mark 9:14-15 – There was a argument between Jesus’ disciples and the scribes, who were the religious lawyers.

A DEFINED PROBLEM – Mark 9:16-18 – A man brought his demon-possessed son to the 9 disciples who had not gone with Jesus to witness the resurrection. The disciples were unable to cast the demon out, although they had authority for Jesus to do so. Luke 9:1-2

A DEFINITE REBUKE – Mark 9:19 – The crowd and especially the disciples were guilty of a lack of faith. How often we are guilty of the same thing! Hebrews 11:5-6

A DETAILED ANALYSIS – Mark 9:20-22 – Jesus asked for a detailed description of the boy’s problem. I think Jesus knew, but wanted others to hear how great a challenge healing this boy would be. The man also appealed to the Lord saying, “If you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” 

A DEVINE INTERVENTION – Mark 9:23-27 – Jesus responds with a challenge, “All things are possible to him who believes!” – The man gave a compassionate response, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.” Jesus responded to the man’s faith with the casting out of the demon.

A DISTINCT LACK – Mark 9:28-29, Matthew 17:19-21 – What the disciples lacked were faith and prayer. Let us not be guilty of the same lack. Matthew 7:7-11, Mark 11:22-26