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Lesson # Matt. 17:17-18
Study Material - Matt. 17:17-18
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17 Then [de] Jesus [Iesous] answered [apokrinomai] and said [epo] , O [o] faithless [apistos] and [kai] perverse [diastrepho] generation [genea] , how long [heos] [pote] shall I be [esomai] with [meta] you [humon] ? how long [heos] [pote] shall I suffer [anechomai] you [humon] ? bring [phero] him [autos] hither [hode] to me [moi] .
18 And [kai] Jesus [Iesous] rebuked [epitimao] the devil [daimonion] ; and [kai] he [autos] departed [exerchomai] out of [apo] him [autos] : and [kai] the child [pais] was cured [therapeuo] from [apo] that very [ekeinos] hour [hora] . KJV-Interlinear
17 And Jesus answered and said, 'O unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.' 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once. NAS
The whole generation in Jesus time was a 'weak faith' generation. Unbelieving in two respects. Those who had believed in Christ and thus were saved, had little faith, therefore they relied little in Him, or their reliance was selective. Those who were unbelievers and therefore unsaved were just there for the miracle show or, as in the case of the Pharisees, were there to discredit, to embarrass, and to destroy Christ.
Even those whom He personally selected, and endowed with unique powers, the apostles, were weak in their faith. Faith is a dependent confidence of that which is unseen or otherwise beyond ones comprehension.
The father of the boy had a confessed 'incomplete' faith, 'I do believe; help my unbelief,' Mark 9:24. The father sought proof, from his desperation and from his frustration in not being able to get help from anyone else. The nine were arguing with the scribes and not helping his son - his only son.
Perversion is a twisting or bending or mis-shaping of an object, such as a careless clay pot maker might do if the pot is perverted out of its proper shape, due to his carelessness.
Therefore this generation, by their own volition (carelessness decisions) had repeatedly decided against their spiritual life. They were indifferent, negative toward Gods Word (the correct interpretation of it), demonstrated outright rejection of it, and thus did not take it seriously. The result - weak faith or no faith in many cases, and a distorted view of God and of Christ. Emotions and false ideas tended to rule their souls rather than wisdom.
Yet though people are generally untrue to God, God is true to each one of us.
Jesus called out the demon, who gave quite a fight (against others), but succumbed to Jesus' command. The people were amazed at the 'greatness' of God. Here they ascribe the 'greatness' to God (the unseen divine power) and not to Christ, whom they could see standing before them.
This word for greatness means splendor or magnificence, but unlike the splendor that was witnessed by Peter, James and John, this splendor was the awe of the miracle, or an emotional response to the deed done. Emotional responses soon evaporate.
What Peter, James, and John witnessed was true splendor, or the permanent glory of God the Son which will last forever.
Now these actions above are just more of the typical actions of people in their daily lives. Tomorrow we will see the real principle of the incident. Can you guess what that might be? Ahhh! You think the principle is faith. But is it really? And what does verse 21 mean, or is our principle found in that verse?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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