The Spirit of this Generation: Unbelief and Struggling Belief (Mark 9:9-37)

Date: 9/19/2021
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Mark 9 As they were going down from the mountain, He charged them to not discuss with anyone what they had seen, until after the Son of Man arose from the dead. 10 So they reasoned among themselves the meaning of rising from the dead. 11 Then they asked him, “Why do the lawyers of Torah say that Elijah must come first?” 12 But He answered them, “Elijah does come first and restores everything. Yet how then is it written about the Son of Man that He must suffer many things and be publicly scorned? 13 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they chose to mistreat him, just as it is written of him.” 14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and lawyers of Torah arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were excited with wonder and ran to greet Him. 16 And He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 Then one of the crowd interrupted Him, “Teacher, I brought You my son, possessed with a spirit which makes him mute; 18 Whenever it overtakes him, it breaks him. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth and becomes deathly rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” Then He answered them, “O unbelieving generation, how much longer must I be with you? How long must I endure you? Bring him to Me.” 20 So they brought the boy to Him. When the spirit who possessed the boy saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell on the ground writhing around, foaming at the mouth. 21 Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” 22 It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us!” 23 Then Jesus said to him, “It’s not a matter of Me being able. If you are able to believe, all things are possible for the one who believes. 24 Immediately the father of the boy shouted, “I believe; help my unbelief.” 25 When Jesus saw the people gathering quickly, He rebuked the unclean spirit, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that many said, “He is dead!” But Jesus grasped him by the hand and raised him up, then he arose. 28 Afterward, when Jesus was alone in the house with His disciples, they asked him, “Why could we not cast out that evil spirit?” 29 And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.” 30 They went out from there [Mt Hermon] and were going through Galilee. But Jesus did not want anyone to know of their presence, 31 for He was instructing His disciples, “The Son of man is being delivered up [of His own will] into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and after He is dead three days He will rise again.” 32 But they were not understanding His prophetic word and yet were afraid to ask Him to explain. 33 Then they arrived in Capernaum. And when He was settled in the house He questioned them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they did not answer because on the way they had argued about which one was the greatest. 35 Sitting down to teach, He called the twelve, “If anyone wants to be first, he will be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then He received a child and taking the child in His arms among them, He said, 37 “Whoever receives one little child like this one in My name welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me does not just welcome Me, but the Father who sent Me.” (G. Strawbridge trans.)

Outline
The Spirit of this Generation: John/Elijah (9-16)
The Spirit of this Generation: Possessed Boy (17-29)
The Spirit of this Generation: Jesus (30-37)

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more