Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Matthew, chapter 17

15 "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 "I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him." 17 And Jesus answered and said, "You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me."
So the disciples didn't believe enough to cure that boy? That's surprising. Why did they doubt?
18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.
Oh, these demons. Always hiding in people and making them sick!
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not drive it out?" 20 And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
Why would the disciples of Jesus have little faith? Especially since apparently a tiny little faith was enough to move mountains. And if that little faith is needed then I wonder why nobody ever was able to move mountains by faith or do other impossible things ...