Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Man Who said, "Help My Unbelief."

By Mary Vee
Mark 9, Matthew 17, Luke 9


Photo by Mary Vee, Israel near the mountain
I am a disciple of Jesus.

James, John, and I walked down the mountain with Jesus and joined the other disciples. 

A large crowd had gathered around them. Teachers of the law were also there. The teachers argued with the nine disciples who had been left behind.

The people who had been listening to the arguing saw Jesus approaching his disciples. They seemed overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

Jesus asked them, "What are you arguing about?"

A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought my son to see you. He is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of his speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground." The man's sadness turned to pleading. "My son foams at the mouth, he gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid to the point I can't help him." I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not." He sighed. "This is what they have been arguing about."

Jesus looked at the disciples and the teachers and said, "O unbelieving generation." The nine disciples looked down at the ground. "How long must I stay with you? How long do I have to put up with you? Bring the boy to me."

The man went back and brought his son to Jesus. When the spirit in the boy saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

The crowd stepped back, afraid, yet curious.

Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?"

The father closed his eyes, overcome with sadness. "From childhood. It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything for my son, please take pity on us and help him."

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

The father's sadness immediately turned to hope. "I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief."

Jesus looked up at the crowd drawing closer. He turned back to the boy. "You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, leave him and never enter him again."

The spirit shrieked a horrible sound so loud we covered our ears. The spirit caused the boy to convulse violently then it left him. 

The boy lay still on the ground. He looked dead, so much so, many from the crowd said, "He's dead."

Jesus took the boy by the hand and lifted him to his feet. He then stood by himself. He looked at the people standing near him and smiled. "Father, I am well!"

While the crowd stayed close to the boy, Jesus led the other disciples and me indoors. I must admit, I was as curious as the others why the nine disciples couldn't help the boy, so we asked.

Jesus said, "You have so little faith. Believe me when I say if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Trust me, nothing will be impossible for you. This boy's issue could only be helped with sincere prayer."

That night when I slept, I continued thinking about that boy and how Jesus helped him. I knew then that had I been one of the nine in that situation I wouldn't have been able to help him either. I prayed, asking God to help my unbelief.

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*Author of blog's note: If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section. I will see them and will answer as best I can or direct you to a source.


*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.


Joseph Perkins said...

Thank you for your writing. The LORD bless you as you point others to Him.

I am struggling severely with unbelief, so much that I doubt my salvation. I know Jesus is the ONLY way and I won't point anyone anywhere else, LORD willing. I have the deep desire to be used of God to save others...but I lack assurance of His love for me, personally and therefore my mind is very unsound.

Thank you for praying.

Rebekah (Joseph's wife)

Mary Vee said...

I will pray praying tonight, asking God for words to share with you.
Mary Vee

Mary Vee said...

I prayed late into the night, again at 4 in the morning. God has pointed me to a place in His word that may be of help. Allow me to remind you of an event. Elijah was a great prophet. King Ahab allowed Jezebel to order his life and pull him into wicked idol worship. She talked him into killing the 80 prophets of God. Elijah saw no others around that held to a faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He felt threatened and alone yet chose to challenge 450 prophets of Baal to a contest. An impossible contest that God alone won.

After this amazinng victory Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah. It was this moment in time that is for you, Rebekah. Elijah ran, far away. He ran to the mountains and to a stream call Cherith. Worn physically. Ripped apart emotionally. Spiritually drained, he collapsed by the river. God knew. He knows our fraility. He did not rebuke, encourage, charge, or counsel Elijah. God sent an angel to guard over him. The angel woke Elijah at regular times and fed him, gave his water to drink. The angel stayed by his side and nursed him back to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. God knew what Elijah needed was a time to rest. In this rest, Elijah's human frail body and spirit, and soul, and mind, were restored.

There is a book called "Come Away My Beloved," by Frances J. Roberts. I have had my copy for 30+ years and have read it in times such as these. Roberts gathers Bible verses and has them written as though God is speaking them directly to the reader. Of course the Bible is God speaking to us, but this format, using God's word in selected thematic pieces uses the I pronoun. Each theme is only a half page long. Like the angel waking us for spiritual food then letting us rest.

I hope this has helped you. My email is if you would like to talk more.