“Analysis of the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 17, vv. 14-21,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
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I would like to explain and interpret the following passage and verses from the gospel of Matthew found in 17:14-21 as follows: “And when they came to the crowd a man came up to him and kneeling before him said, ‘Lord have mercy on my son for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to the disciples, and they could not heal him.’ And Jesus answered, ‘O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.’ And Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly I say to you if you have faith as a grain of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain move from here to there and it will move and nothing will be Impossible for you.’”
Once again. Jesus challenges us with understanding this passage and his message to us all. Here the man kneels to show his reverence and faith. This passage refers to epileptic seizures which can and do result in going into fire and water. Jesus says here the faith of the disciples was not strong enough to heal the boy. Jesus tell the disciples that their faith was weak and insufficient to heal and if they had as much faith as a mustard seed then the mountain would and could be moved and in the same way and fashion this afflicted boy could have been cured if the disciples faith had been sufficient. The lesson here is that faith must be deep enough and strong enough and if it is mountains can be moved and illness cured and demons cast out. This is a harsh lesson for us all and Jesus makes us aware that verbal professions of faith of a superficial type and character are not the reality of true faith which must be deeply spiritual and embedded and part of our souls and spirits. Jesus tells us with that real and true faith not mere words and professions anything is possible and nothing impossible. I add the difficulty of the passage that the son of god can cure and the disciples are not god who can heal.
Dear colleagues and Christians and non-Christians alike, I am honored once again and privileged to speak of the words of the eternal god and savior and redeemer and do hope in my humble inadequate way I have provided some insights into understanding the mind of the son of god and urge you all to go back to the biblical text and read, reread and reflect on his words which cannot be sufficiently understood by we poor human souls.