Mark 9:24 KJV And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
The news of the healing power of Jesus starts in Mark chapter 1 and goes until Mark chapter 10. In Mark 6:7-12, Jesus gives His disciples power to heal and cast out unclean spirits, demons, as well. All this attracts crowds of people who need to be healed. We will look at this in Mark chapter 9.
This was a busy day for Peter, James, and John who are on top of the mountain with Jesus witnessing unbelievable things. The rest of the disciples are at the bottom of the mountain surrounded by a crowd of people including scribes, experts in the law, who want to argue with them about what Jesus is saying and doing. We will look at what happens when Jesus comes down from the mountain.
Mark 9:15-27 is the story of the man who cries, I believe but help my unbelief.
When the crowd sees Jesus they run to Him and surround Him. He asks the disciples what they were arguing over but out of the crowd a man speaks up. He tells Jesus he had brought his son to Him, but since He wasn’t there he took his son to the disciples and explained what was wrong. But the disciples could not help him. Jesus calls them all an “unbelieving generation.” He tells the man to bring his son to Him.
Now, before you get to critical, we all have times in our own lives when we believe God can, but we struggle to believe He will. Like this father who has watched his son suffer for many years, we have prayed, begged, cried, and\or gone silent ourselves because it seems like God is not listening.
Jesus is helping the father and us. He is giving a lesson o n faithfulness. Yes, like the father we have faith but do we have faithfulness. That is committed and loyal to the One we say we have faith in.
The man brings the boy to Jesus and as soon as the boy sees Jesus the unclean spirit begins to torment the boy. Now, while the child is rolling around on the ground and foaming at the mouth Jesus ask questions. While Jesus is getting history on the boys health and the boy is being attacked, the dad is like, If You can do something would You please have mercy on us and help us. What a scene that must have been and how agonizing for the dad. Here comes the lesson,
Mark 9:23 KJV Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
All through scripture, Jesus says over and over your faith has healed you. Mark 5:34, Luke 17:19, and Luke 18:42 are just a few.
Jesus is saying, you believe but are you faithful to Me. Do you believe in Me as in Who I am. Is our faith rock solid or has it gone mushy?
I have witnessed the supernatural power of God. Like the disciples faith is easy on the mountain top. But like the disciples when they came down to the valley filled with sin, doubt, suffering, and sorrow, the fight is on. We live most of our Christian life in the valley with the sinners, which we once were, where the air is not clean, the people are up close and personal, having to get our hands dirty so to speak, and the sorrows are all consuming. As Christians we are called to be holy in an unholy and intolerant world and that is going to cause us much grief. If we do not keep our eyes on our inheritance in heaven we will falter. We must ask ourself am I leaning on my own understanding? When I say I have faith am I saying I believe (trust in, have confidence in, rely on, lean on fully) the name of Jesus the Christ. If not, cry out like the father, Jesus, help me in my unbelief.
1 Peter 2:1 KJV Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Once we have tasted the goodness of the Lord we will cry out for pure spiritual milk in order to grow up in our salvation. That is, our faith is working in us so we live by faith (Romans 1:16-17)