Topic: Our Spiritual Inability Leads Us To Depend On God
And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
Matthew 17:14-16 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
1 Kings 3-5
Matthew 17:14–16 (NLT) — At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”
Matthew 17:14–16 (NIV) — When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
Matthew 17:14–16 (MSG) — At the bottom of the mountain, they were met by a crowd of waiting people. As they approached, a man came out of the crowd and fell to his knees begging, “Master, have mercy on my son. He goes out of his mind and suffers terribly, falling into seizures. Frequently he is pitched into the fire, other times into the river. I brought him to your disciples, but they could do nothing for him.”
One can only imagine the great pain that this father felt to see the terrible condition of his son. Seeing his suffering and mental state, His heart must have been broken. The pain as a parent to not be able to do anything about it, only see him suffer must have caused much suffering. There was a cry within his heart, who can help me? What shall I do to help my child? In this desperate situation he ran to the disciples of Jesus expecting to receive help from them.
We see that the disciples of Jesus sadly could not do anything for the young boy being tormented by the enemy. Although they tried to expel the demon from the boy, in the end all efforts failed. The task of freeing the young man from the bondage of the devil was a failure, they did nothing to improve his situation! Thank God that Jesus arrived on time, the Bible teaches that the father “knelt before him, saying, Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is lunatic, and suffers severely”.
Hearing the desperation of the Father, Jesus responds to his need. Sadly the disciples could not, but the man in his spiritual inability puts all his hope and reliance on God. What a powerful lesson for us! Today we can rely entirely on the Lord, and in the midst of our limitations we have Jesus, the one who is always available to us to help us to move forward. Let us pray today that we put all our dependence on Him who can do everything, cry out to him for help.
Matthew 15:22 (NKJV) — And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”
Mark 5:23 (NKJV) — and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”
John 4:47 (NKJV) — When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
Matthew 4:24 (NKJV) — Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
Acts 19:15 (NKJV) — And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
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