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LIFE OF CHRIST
A Harmony of the Gospels

LESSON  FIFTEEN

   

SYROPHOENICIAN  WOMAN'S  DAUGHTER  HEALED

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Matthew 15:21-28
(21)  Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 
(22)  And behold, a woman of  Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed."
(23)  But He answered her not a word.
And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us."
(24)  But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
(25)  Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!"
(26)  But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."
(27)  And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
(28)  Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
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Mark 7:24-30
(24)  From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. 
(25)  For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet.  (26)  The woman was a Greek, a  Syrophoenician by birth,
and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.  (27)  But Jesus said to her, "Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."
(28)  And she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs."
(29)  Then He said to her, "For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter."
(30)  And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.
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The Region of Tyre and Sidon

See Lesson 10.

A woman ... came

Matthew 15:22 Of  Canaan The Canaanites were descendants of Canaan;  the son of  Ham in the genealogical lists found in Genesis 9 & 10.
The land of the Canaanites was dispossessed by Israel who had been commanded by God to destroy all the Inhabitants  (because of their wickedness),  but failed to do so under Joshua,  and actually mingled with them under the Judges.
Mark 7:26 A Greek As distinguished from a Jew,  and possibly spoke Greek.
Mark 7:26 Syrophoenician The region near Tyre and Sidon,  modem Lebanon.  She was a Phoenician of  Syria as distinguished from a Phoenician of North Africa.  Possibly spoke the Syrian language.

She kept asking Him to cast the demon out

She had three strikes against her already:

1. Canaanites Condemned by God to die
   
Mt 15 :23 He answered her not a word
2. A Greek Not a Jew, with no claim to the promises
   
Mt 15:24 I was not sent but unto the House of  Israel
3. Syrophoenician A wicked & idolatrous people
   
Mt 15 :26 It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs

Little dogs

Greek:  kunarion   little dog, puppy
Gentiles were called dogs by the Jews.
Christ merely used the common speech of His people (1 Samuel 17:43; 2 Samuel 3:8; 2 Samuel 9:8; 1 Kings 8:13). The term was not offensive.  It merely expressed the fact that Gentiles were outside the covenant rights of Israel.
 

Great is your faith

Her faith was made great by:

(Mt. 15:22) PERCEPTION She calls Him Son of  David Acknowledged Him as King
(Mt. 15:23) PERSEVERANCE She Kept Asking  
(Mt. 15:25) PERSUASION She Worshipped Him as LORD Acknowledged Him as God

Notice once again, the emerging pattern:

REQUEST She asked Him to cast the demon out of her daughter
APPARENT DENIAL He did not answer - then Sent only to Israel - Children's food not for dogs
PERSISTENCE OF TRUST She kept asking - the dogs get the crumbs
TRIUMPH OF FAITH Her daughter was healed from that very hour

RETURN  THROUGH  DECAPOLIS

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Matthew 15:29-31
(29)  Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there.
(30)  Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus' feet, and He healed them.
(31)  So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
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Mark 7:31-37
(31)  Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee.
(32)  Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him.  (33)  And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue.  (34)  Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."
(35)  Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.
(36)  Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it.
(37)  And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."
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Decapolis

See Lesson 13  Life of Christ Book I

Maimed

Missing a limb - here was done the actual miracle of creation.

Touched

People Jesus touched:

    Who He Touched What He touched Result of  His touch
1. Mat 8:3 The Leper The leper Leprosy was cleansed
2. Mat 8:15 Peter's Mother-in-law Her hand The fever left her
3. Mat 9:29 Two blind men Their eyes Their eyes were opened
4. Mat 17:7 Peter, James & John The disciples Removed fear
5. Mat 20:34 Two blind men Their eyes Their eyes received sight
6. Mk 7:33 The deaf-mute His tongue Ears opened & tongue loosed
7. Mk 8:22,23 Blind man His eyes He saw clearly
8. Luke 5:13 Man full of leprosy The Leper The leprosy left him
9. Luke 7:14 Widow's dead son at Nain The open coffin He sat up and began to speak
10. Luke 22:51 The servant of the high priest His ear Healed him

People who touched Jesus:

    Who Touched Him What they touched Result of  touching Him
1. Mat 9:21 Woman with the issue of blood Hem of  his garment She was made well
2. Mk 6:56 Sick in the marketplaces Hem of his garment They were made well
3. Luke 6:19 The multitude Pressed in on Him Healed them all

Excerpts from Farrar

How long Jesus remained in Phoenicia, and at what spot He stayed, we do not know. Probably His departure was hastened by the publicity that attended His movements even there, where it had been His object to quietly train His own nearest and most beloved followers.

Wherever He went He was unable to abstain from exercising His miraculous powers in favor of the sufferers for whom His aid was sought; and here He was entreated to heal a man who was deaf, and could scarcely speak. He might have healed him by a word, but there were evidently circumstances in his case that rendered it desirable to make the cure gradual, and to affect it by visible signs.
He took the man aside,  put His fingers in his ears,  and spat,  and touched His tongue;  and then Mark preserves for us the sign,  and the uplifted glance,  as He spoke the one word,  "Ephphatha! Be opened!" (This in the language of  Syriac ).  Here again it is not revealed to us what were the immediate influences that saddened His spirit.
He may have sighed in pity for the man;  He may have sighed in pity for the race;  He may have sighed for all the sins that degrade and all the sufferings that torture;  but certainly He sighed in a spirit of deep tenderness and compassion,  and certainly that sigh ascended like an infinite intercession into the ears of the Lord God of Hosts.
His injunction of secrecy was as usual disregarded,  and all hope of seclusion was at an end.  Filled with intense and joyful amazement,  these people of  Decapolis could not tear themselves from His presence,
and - semi-pagans as they were - they "glorified the God of Israel."

(Life of Christ by Dr. Frederic W. Farrar Copyright: 1949)

FEEDING  OF  THE  FOUR  THOUSAND

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Matthew 15:32-38
(32)  Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way."
(33)  Then His disciples said to Him, "Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?"
(34)  Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?"
And they said, "seven, and a few little fish."
(35)  So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.  (36)  And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 
(37)  So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left.  (38)  Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
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Mark 8:1-9
(1)  In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them,  (2)  "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat.  (3)  And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar."
(4)  Then His disciples answered Him, "How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?"
(5)  He asked them, "How many loaves do you have?"
And they said, "seven."
(6)  So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.  (7)  They also had a few small fish; and having blessed them, He said to set them also before them. 
(8)  So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments.  (9)  Now those who had eaten were about four thousand. And He sent them away.
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Where can we get enough bread in the wilderness?

Some have wondered that, in answer to the expression of  His pity,  the disciples did not at once anticipate or suggest what He should do.  But surely here there is a touch of delicacy and truth.  Many and many a time had they been with multitudes before, and yet on one occasion only had He fed them;  and moreover,  after He had done so, He had sternly rebuked those who came to Him in expectation of a repeated offer of such gifts, and had uttered a discourse so searching and strange that it alienated from Him many even of  His friends and disciples.

How many loaves do you have?

But no sooner had He given them the signal of His intention, then with perfect faith they became His ready ministers. They seated the multitude, and distributed to them the miraculous multiplication of the 7 loaves and the few small fishes.

This time, when they told Him what food they had, they did not ask  "But what are these among so many?"

Seven large baskets full

The word for baskets here is different than the one used for basket in the feeding of the 5,000:
The 5000 Mark 6:43 kophinos smaller baskets that would contain about 2 gallons
The 4000 Mark 8:8 spuris large hampers, one being big enough to hold a man

Whenever Jesus saw the needy multitudes,  He was moved with compassion and wanted to help them
(Matt 9:36; 14:14; Mark 6:34).
This miracle must not be confused with one recorded in 6:32-44,  for each has its own distinguishing features:

Mark 6:32-44 Mark 8:1-9
5,000+  people 4,000+  people
Mostly Jews Mostly Gentiles
With Jesus one day With Jesus three days
Took place in Galilee Took place near the Decapolis
Five loaves, two fish Seven loaves, a few fish
Twelve small baskets left over Seven large baskets left over
(from The Bible Exposition Commentary. Copyright (c) 1992 by SP Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Electronic Database)

Contrasting Feasts - Mark 6:42-43:

Who’s in charge Herod, The people, Jesus,
  the official ruler   (6:14) who were “without a leader”  (6:34) the Shepherd Supreme
(6:39-40)
Occasion All-male birthday party
and sumptuous feast
for rich and influential
people (6:21)
Following Jesus into the
wilderness
(6:35-36)
Provides a simple
“poor man’s” meal of
bread and fish
(6:41)
Result Ends in murder, grief, and guilt
(6:26-28)
Wondering where to get food, then fed miraculously by Jesus
(6:37)
This meal points to the
heavenly banquet and
rest promised to all
believers
(6:42)
(Tyndale Handbook of Bible charts and maps, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Wheaton, IL)

In both the feeding of the 5,000 and the 4,000:

ALL the People were FULL
ALL the Baskets of  leftovers were FULL
Jesus never does anything half-way - when He said He would supply ALL our needs, He meant ALL.

SIGN-SEEKERS  REBUKED

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Matthew 15:39 - 16:12
(39)  And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of Magdala.
(16:1)  Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.  (2)  He answered and said to them, "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red';  (3)  and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.  'Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.  (4)  A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah."
And He left them and departed.
(5)  Now when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.
(6)  Then Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees."
(7)  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread."
(8)  But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread?  (9)  Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up?  (10)  Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up?
  (11)  How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? -- but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
(12)  Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
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Mark 8:10-21
(10)  Immediately got into the boat with His disciples, and came to the region of  Dalmanutha.
(11) Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him.  (12)  But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation."
(13)  And He left them, and getting into the boat again, departed to the other side.  (14)  Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat.
(15)  Then He charged them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."
(16)  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have no bread."
(17)  But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened?  (18)  Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?   (19)  When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up?"
They said to Him, "twelve."
(20)  "Also, when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of fragments did you take up?"
And they said, "seven."
21 So He said to them, "How is it you do not understand?"
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Dalmanutha

A village on the west coast of the Sea of Galilee, adjoining Magdala.
It is mentioned only in the New Testament.
Considerable ruins near modem Mejdel (Magdala) are considered the location.

Began to  dispute with him

Matthew included the Sadducees, and the verb here is "to seek or examine together, to discuss, dispute"
The Pharisees and Sadducees were putting Jesus under a cross-examination, and this led to open dispute with Him.

Testing him

Feigning a desire to have His doctrine fully proved to them,  that they might credit it,  and become His disciples;  but having no other design than to betray and ruin Him.

Their MOTIVES were not sincere

No sign ... except ... Jonah

The statement is literally,  "If a sign shall be given."
It is a Hebrew idiom - the idea being,  "If I do not thus and so, may I die, or may God punish me."

In Mark an absolute refusal of a sign in the sense that the Pharisees and Sadducees conceived of a sign
In Matthew the refusal is qualified by the offer of the miracle of the resurrection (the sign of Jonah)

This is the third public announcement of His death and resurrection,  all in answer to the same question:

WHAT  SIGN  DO  YOU  SHOW?
1. John 2: 19 "Destroy this temple, and in 3 days I will raise it up."
2. Matt 12:39; Luke 11 :29 "No sign except the sign of Jonah."
3. Matt 16:4 "No sign except the sign of Jonah."

Beware of the leaven

1. Of the Pharisees Religious Externalism The Ritualists
2. Of the Sadducees Religious Skepticism The Rationalists
3. Of the Herodians Religious Worldliness The Rebellionists

Evil,  like leaven,  is small and hidden,  but it spreads and soon infects the whole

Gal 5:7-10
You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? ... A little leaven leavens the whole lump.   (NKJV)

1 Cor 5:6-8
Do you not know that [just] a little leaven will ferment the whole lump [of dough]?
Purge (clean out) the old leaven that you may be fresh (new) dough, still uncontaminated [as you are], for Christ, our Passover [Lamb], has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with leaven of vice and malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened [bread] of purity (nobility, honor) and sincerity and [unadulterated] truth.     (AMP)

They reasoned .. and Jesus, being aware of it

Jesus administers a sharp rebuke for their preoccupation with mere temporalities, as if there were nothing higher to be thought of than bread:

1. Why do you reason? Implying doubt and unbelief
2. Do you not perceive? Lack of Perception, implying dullness
3. Nor understand? Ignorance, implying lack of interest and study
4. Is your heart still hardened? Implying stubbornness and rebellion
5. Do you not see? Implying willful blindness to truth (HAVING eyes)
6. Do you not hear? Implying willful rejection of truth (HAVING ears)
7. Do you not remember? Implying willful forgetfulness
Notice that all these are WILLFUL.

THE  BLIND  MAN  NEAR  BETHSAIDA

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Mark 8:22-26
(22)  Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him.  (23)  So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything.
(24)  And he looked up and said, "I see men like trees, walking."
(25)  Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.  (26)  Then He sent him away to his house, saying, "Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town."
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Led him out of the town

Jesus had already cursed Bethsaida (Matthew 11 :21 ), and now refused to do another miracle in it.
The cure was wrought in a manner very similar to that of the deaf and dumb man in Decapolis (Mark 7:31-37).
The ancients regarded spittle as a means of cure.
The application of the spittle was probably to encourage the faith of the blind man.

Comparison of the first two healings in this lesson:

Mark 7:31-37 Mark 8:22-26
Deaf man with a speech impediment Blind man
Brought to Jesus by someone else Brought to Jesus by someone else
Begged Him to put His hand on him Begged him to touch him
Jesus took him aside from the multitude Jesus led him out of the town
Jesus spat and touched his tongue Jesus spit on his eyes
Jesus put His fingers in his ears Jesus put his hands on him
Jesus said to him, "Be opened." Jesus asked if he saw anything
Immediately his ears were opened Saw fuzzy images only - men like trees, walking
Immediately the speech impediment was loosed Jesus put his hands on his eyes again
  Jesus told him look up
  He saw clearly
Jesus commanded them to tell no one Jesus said not to tell anyone in the town

This one is unique in that it is the only time during the earthly ministry of  Jesus that the healing was gradual.
One reason may be explained by Matthew 9:29 in the healing of the two blind men, when Jesus said: "According to your faith let it be to you."

Barnes observes:
Probably our Lord did not  "at once"  restore him fully to sight,  that he might strengthen his faith.  Seeing that Jesus had partially restored him,  it was evidence that he could  "wholly,"  and it led him to exercise faith anew in him.
(from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)

Jesus deals with each of  us individually, and according to our faith.

PETER'S  CONFESSION  OF  CHRIST

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Matthew 16:13-20
(13)  When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"
(14)  So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
(15)  He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
(16)  Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
(17)  Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.  (18)  And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.  (19)  And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
(20)  Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
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Mark 8:27-30
(27)  Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of  Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do men say that I am?"
(28)  So they answered, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets."
(29)  He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ."
(30)  Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.
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Luke 9:18-21
(18)  And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"
(19)  So they answered and said, "John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again."
(20)  He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Peter answered and said, "The Christ of  God."
(21)  And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one.
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Caesarea Philippi

1. A town at the extreme northern boundary of  Palestine,  about 30 miles inland from Tyre and 50 miles southeast of  Damascus.  It lies in the beautiful hill country on the southern slopes of  Mt. Hermon,  and was probably very near the scene of the Transfiguration.
2. The town was very ancient,  being perhaps the Baal-gad of  Joshua (Joshua 12:7,13:5),  and for centuries it was a center of worship of the heathen god  "Pan,"  whence it was known as  "Paneas"  and hence the modern name Banias (because there was no "p" in the Arabic alphabet).
3. Augustus Caesar presented it,  with the surrounding country,  to Herod the Great,  who built a temple there in honor of the emperor.  Herod's son,  Philip the tetrarch, enlarged the town in honor of the Roman emperor, Tiberius Caesar, and named it Caesarea Philippi to distinguish it from the other Caesarea.
4. It lies at the easternmost of the four sources of the Jordan,  and near here these streams unite to form the main river.  It was at a secluded spot near here that the Lord began to prepare His disciples for His approaching sufferings and death and resurrection,  and that Peter made his famous confession.

To the towns - region

Apparently they did not enter the city of Caesarea Philippi itself.
Jesus seems to have avoided the major towns in which the Herodian passion for ambitious architecture was displayed.  Besides at this time He desired solitude.
It is also suggested that here Jesus was safe from annoyance by Herod Antipas and the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Two Questions

Who do men (the crowds) say that I am?
But who do YOU say that I am?

Who do the crowds say that I am?

The variety of opinions which men held concerning Jesus showed that although many connected him with Messianic prophecy, none regarded him Messianic prophecy, none regarded him properly.

John the Baptist He was the predicted forerunner  (Matt 3:1-3; 14:1-2).
So apparently Herod Antipas was not the only one to suggest that Jesus was John risen from the  dead.
Elijah He was to precede the "day of the Lord"  (Mal 4:5-6)
But it was John the Baptist who came "in the spirit and power of Elijah"
(Luke 1:13-17)
Jeremiah Jeremiah was expected by some to appear and restore the ark he had supposedly hidden (II Maccabees 2:1-8).
Or because God had set him over the kingdoms and nations (Jer 1:10),  which they thought agreed with their notion of the Messiah.
Some have supposed this theory was because of a supposed resemblance between the "Man of Sorrows" and 'the weeping prophet.'
One of the prophets As Luke expresses it, "one of the old prophets has risen again."

Isn't it amazing how close "the crowds" can come to the truth (the resurrected Messiah), while at the same time missing it entirely!

But who do you say that I am?

One thing is clear.

We can never make a true decision about Jesus Christ by taking a poll of the people.

The important thing is not what others say,

but what do you and I personally say?

The decisions of the crowd (wrong or right) can never substitute for personal decisions.

Here He is to prepare His disciples for His coming crucifixion just a little over six months ahead.

You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God

Christ christos Messiah  -  the anointed One
The promised Savior
Son And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14    (NKJV)
Living God "Living" is a characteristic applied to the Supreme Being,  not only to distinguish Him from the dead idols of paganism,  but also to point Him out as the SOURCE of life,  present,  spiritual, and eternal.
There is also an allusion here to the great name Jehovah, which properly signifies  "Being" or "Existence."
Jesus said:  "...before Abraham was, I AM."    John 8:58

7 Great Confessions of  Christ

1. John 1:49 Nathanael You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!
2. John 4:29 The Samaritan Woman Could this be the Christ?
3. John 6:69 Peter You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
4. Matt 16:16 Peter You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
5. John 11:27 Martha I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God.
6. John 20:28 Thomas My Lord and my God!
7. Acts 8:37 The Ethiopian Eunuch I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Flesh and blood has not revealed this

Matthew Henry puts it:
"Thou hadst this neither by the invention of thy own wit and reason, nor by the instruction and information of others; this light sprang neither from nature nor from education, but from my Father who is in heaven."
(from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)

Adam Clark says:
"It requires an express revelation of God in a man's soul,  to give him a saving acquaintance with Jesus Christ;  and that not even the miracles of our Lord,  performed before the eyes,  will effect this.  The darkness must be removed from the heart by the Holy Spirit,  before a man can become wise unto salvation."

This revelation comes not from Human Teaching
This revelation comes not from Human Logic
This revelation comes only from the Grace of  God.

You are Peter - On this Rock

Peter pétros Signifies a stone, or a fragment of a rock
(It is the Greek counterpart to the Aramaic, "Cephas").
Rock pétra Signifies a ledge of rock, or a rocky peak, like Gibraltar

The rock is Jesus Christ

Christ said so (Matt 21:42)  referring to Isaiah 28:16
Peter himself said so (1 Peter 2:4-8; Acts 4:11-12 with Ps 118:22).
Paul names Christ as the Rock (1 Cor 10:4)
Paul calls Christ the Head of the church (Eph 1:20-23; 4:8-16; 5:23; Col 1:18)
Throughout the OT, the rock speaks of God and not man (Deut 32:4,15; Dan 2:45; Ps 18:2)

Jesus said,

You are Peter (petros, a small rock)
and on this rock (petra, a large rock foundation)
I will build My church" (v. 18, NIV; see 1 Cor 3:1).

Matt 16:18
And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros — a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra — a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church.   (AMP)

On God's part - It was on Jesus that the church would be built.
On man's part - It was on Peter's statement
"You are the Messiah, the son of the living God"
on which the church would be built.

Matt 21:42
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures:  'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.'"      (NKJV)

Isaiah 28:16
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:  "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation."      (NKJV)

1 Peter 2:4
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious.      (NKJV)

Acts 4:11-12
This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.'      (NKJV)

Psalm 118:22
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.      (NKJV)

1 Corinthians 10:4-5
For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.      (NKJV)

Deuteronomy 32:4
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.      (NKJV)

Daniel 2:45
Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold -- the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.      (NKJV)

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.      (NKJV)

The gates of  hell

In ancient times the gates of  fortified cities were used to hold councils in,  and were usually places of great
strength.
In this sense,  all the council,  wisdom,  and strength of Satan and those in his abode,  are not able to withstand the onslaughts of the Church and the Gospel.
Sometimes the gates are taken for the troops that issue out from them.
We may firmly believe that,  though hell should open her gates,  and vomit out her devil and all his angels,  to fight against Christ and His saints,  ruin and discomfiture must be the consequence on their part,  as the arm of the Omnipotent must prevail.

From this we find that:

The Gospel is superior OFFENSIVELY
The Gospel is superior DEFENSIVELY

The Keys

When the Jews made a man a doctor of the law,  they put into his hand the key of the closet in the temple where the sacred books were kept,  and also tablets to write upon;  signifying,  by this,  that they gave him authority to teach,  and to explain the Scriptures to the people.

To Peter was first given the "keys", but not to Peter alone, since in Matthew 18:18 and John 20:23  He gives the same power and authority to the other disciples as well.

But Peter was first - unlocking the door, you might say:

1. To the JEWS Acts2:41
2. To the SAMARITANS Acts 8:14-17
3. To the GENTILES Acts 10:44,45
JESUS  FORETELLS  HIS  DEATH  AND  RESURRECTION

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Matthew 16:21-28
(21)  From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
(22)  Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, "Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!"
(23)  But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
(24)  Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  (25)  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  (26)  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  (27)  For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
(28)  Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."
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Mark 8:31 - 9:1
(31)  And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.  (32)  He spoke this word openly.
Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.  (33)  But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
(34)  When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  (35)  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.  (36)  For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  (37)  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  (38)  For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."
(9:1)  And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power."
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Luke 9:22-27
(22)  Saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day."
(23)  Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  (24)  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.  (25)  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?  (26)  For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.
(27)  But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God."
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Rejected by the elders - chief priests - scribes

The religious leaders of Israel put Jesus to the test for the purpose of approving Him as Messiah,  for they were looking for their Messiah.
But He did not meet their specifications.  He was not the kind of a Messiah the Jews wanted.
They wanted a military leader who would liberate them from the yoke of Rome, not a Savior who would free them from their bondage to sin.
They were typically human - they wanted to satisfy the flesh, and starve the spirit.

He spoke this word openly

He spoke the word plainly,  unmistakably.
He used frank,  unreserved speech,  not hints or veiled allusions,  such as He had previously given.

Peter took him aside

Peter took him aside,  apart from the rest,  possibly presuming on the distinction just conferred on him.
Like many others, Peter assumed a greater position in the Kingdom of  God that what Jesus had actually meant.

The idea of the compound verb is that of someone taking hold of another so as to have him facing him.
Peter took Jesus aside from the other disciples in order to rebuke Him.

When He turned around

The word in Mark 8:33 is literally, "to turn one's self about."
Peter had taken Jesus off to himself. But when Jesus heard what Peter said,  He quickly wheeled around with His back to Peter.

Although His back was toward Peter, and He was facing the other disciples, He spoke to Peter.  Since Peter had "taken him aside," most likely the others did not hear this conversation.

Get behind me Satan

It was an agonizing cry,  for Jesus recognized a repetition of the temptation of Satan (Matthew 4:9).
Here was Satan again, using the foremost of the disciples, to tempt Jesus to go around the Cross.

You are not mindful of  the things of God

The word "mindful is  'phroneo'  which here has the meanings,  "to be of one's party,  to side with him,  to direct one's mind to a thing,  to seek or strive for."

This was actually a two-fold rebuke:

The first to Satan Get behind me - you are an offense to me
Because he was always trying to defeat the purpose of God
The second to Peter You are not mindful of the things of God
Because he was concerned with the things of men,  instead of the things of God.

Whoever desires to come after Me

"Desire" is  'thelo',  to desire.  It is a matter of the 'will' - of  desires and motives.

Follow Me

The word  "follow"  is  "to take the same road as another does."
It is used with the associative instrumental case.
It is:  "Let him follow WITH ME."
The idea is not that of  following behind another,  but that of accompanying the other person,  taking the same road that he takes and fellowshipping with him along that road.

The principles of the Christian life are:

To have a sincere desire to belong to Christ - If any man be WILLING
To renounce self-dependence, and selfish pursuits - Let him DENY HIMSELF
To embrace the condition that God has appointed - Let him take up his CROSS
To imitate Jesus and fellowship with Him - Let him GO WITH ME

What profit is it?

In this world today, it seems all things are measured by Profit and Loss.
But God puts the reality of true wealth before us:

To those that  would be rich:
Luke 12:15 Beware! Don't be greedy for what you don't have.  Real life is not measured by how much we own.    (New Living Translation)
To those that are rich
1 Tim 6:17 Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone.     (New Living Translation)

In Mark 4:19 Jesus classifies the "deceitfulness of riches" as one of the things that choke out the Word of God and causes unfruitfulness.

Hebrews 11:26 it shows that Moses understood True Riches

He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him.     (New Living Translation)

     Romans 9:22
... and that He might make known the riches of His glory.     (NKJV)

     Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of  the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!     (NKJV)

     Ephesians 2:7
That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.     (NKJV)

     Ephesians 3:8
...that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.     (NKJV)

     Philippians 4:19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.     (NKJV)

Till they see the Son of  man coming in His kingdom

This is fulfilled 6 days later, in the next section when Peter, James, and John see Jesus transformed before their  eyes.

THE  TRANSFIGURATION  OF  JESUS   -  6 Months before the Crucifixion

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Matthew 17:1-13
(1)  Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves;  (2)  and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.  (3)  And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 
(4)  Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
(5)  While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"  (6)  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.
(7)  But Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid.
(8)  When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
(9)  Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, "Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead."
(10)  And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
(11)  Jesus answered and said to them, "Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things.  (12)  But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands."  (13)  Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.
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Mark 9:2-13
(2)  Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them.  (3)  His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.  (4)  And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 
(5)  Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" --  (6)  because he did not know what to say, for they were greatly afraid.
(7)  And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!" 
(8)  Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves.
(9)  Now as they came down from the mountain, He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  (10)  So they kept this word to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.
(11)  And they asked Him, saying, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
(12)  Then He answered and told them, "Indeed, Elijah is coming first and restores all things. And how is it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt?  (13)  But I say to you that Elijah has also come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him."
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Luke 9:28-36
(28)  Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.  (29)  As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.  (30)  And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah,  (31)  who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
 (32)  But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him.  (33)  Then it happened, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" -- not knowing what he said.
(34)  While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.  (35)  And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!"
 (36)  When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone.
But they kept quiet, and told no one in those days any of the things they had seen.
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Peter, James, and  John

This is the second time they were called apart from the rest.
First, they were the sole witnesses of  the resurrection of Jairus' daughter (Mark 5:37)
And now of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

A Mountain

Mount Hermon is commonly supposed to have been the scene of the transfiguration.
"Hermon,  which is indeed the center of all the Promised Land,  from the entering in of  Hamath unto the river of Egypt;  the mount of fruitfulness,  from which the springs of Jordan descended to the valleys of Israel.  Along its mighty forest -- venues, until the grass grew fair with the mountain lilies,  His feet dashed in the dew of Hermon. He must have gone to pray His first recorded prayer about death. and from the steep of it, before He knelt. could see to the south all the dwelling-place of the people that had sat in darkness, and seen the great light-the land of Zebulon and of  Naphtali, Galilee of the nations;  could see,  even with His human sight, the gleam of that Lake by Capernaum and Chorazin,  and many a place loved by Him and vainly ministered to,  whose house was now left unto them desolate;  and chief of all,  far in the utmost blue,  the hills above Nazareth, sloping down to His old home:  hills on which the stones yet lay loose that had been taken up to cast at Him."  (Ruskin)

He was transfigured

Matthew says His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light
Mark says His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow
Luke says His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.

The simple verb refers to the act of giving outward expression of one's inner character.
What a contrast to that "visage more marred than men, and His form than the sons of men!"

Moses and Elijah

Moses Represented the Law Raptured Dead Old  Covenant
Elijah Represented the Prophets Raptured Living New Covenant

Peter answered and said to Jesus

The record does not indicate that Peter was addressed during this conversation between Jesus, Moses and Elijah.
Here is impetuous,  unpredictable Peter,  intruding himself into the conversation.
The compound verb means  "to give off from one's self a judgment."

From the whole of this emblematic transaction, we can see:

1. The reality of the world of spirits
2. The immortality of the soul
3. The resurrection of the body
4. The fulfillment of the Mosaic institutions
5. The fulfillment of the predictions of the prophets relative to the Person, Nature, Sufferings, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus
6. The glory of Jesus that should follow His resurrection
7. The establishment of the Gospel of the Son of God
8. The establishment of Jesus as the sole availing offering for sin, and the grand mediator between God and man

Tell the vision to no man

On several occasions we see Jesus performing miracles followed by the command: Tell no one!

The reference The Occasion The Command
Matt 8:4; Luke 5:14 The leper healed See that you tell no one
Mark 7:36 The deaf mute healed He commanded them that they should tell no one
Luke 8:56 Jairus' Daughter healed Tell no one what happened
Mark 8:26 The blind man healed Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town
Matt 16:20; Mark 8:30; Luke 9:21 The disciples when told of His
impending death
Tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ
Matt 17:9;  Mark 9:9 Peter, James & John on
the Mount
Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead

On other occasions Jesus said:  Go and tell!

The reference The Occasion The Command
Matt 10:27; Luke 12:3 Jesus teaching the Twelve What I tell you....speak
Mark 5:19; Luke 8:39 The Demoniac Healed Go home and tell your friends what God has done for you, and of  His compassion
Matt 11:4-6;
Luke 7:22-23
John's disciples Go tell John the things you hear and see
Luke 13:32 To the Pharisees Go tell that fox (Herod)

From these examples, the difference is clear:

The Key
Luke 13:32  -  ... the third day I shall be perfected ... for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.
Don't Tell
It was not yet time for Israel to accept Jesus as their Messiah.
Although Jesus publicly and repeatedly fulfilled the prophecies of the Messiah, His mission as Man among men was to die - to be our sacrifice.
His mission at that time was not to be accepted by Israel as their Messiah, but to be accepted by the Father as the true and eternal sacrifice for our sin.
1 John 4:10
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (sacrifice) for our sins.
Go and Tell
Jesus always reached out to the individual.
He wanted the friends and family of the man who had been demon possessed to know of God's love for them.
He wanted John the Baptist to know that He was the Messiah so John would not lose faith in his suffering.
He gave Herod, personally,  both a warning and the chance to accept Him.

THE  DEMONIAC  BOY

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Matthew 17:14-21
(14)   And when they had come to the multitude,
a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying,  (15)  "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.  (16)  So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him."
(17)  Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." 
(18)  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.
(19)  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?"
(20)  So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as 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. 
(21)  However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
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Mark 9:14-29
(14)  And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them.  (15)  Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him.  (16)  And He asked the scribes, "What are you discussing with them?"
(17)   Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.  (18)  And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not."
(19)  He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me."  (20)  Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
(21)  So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?"
And he said, "From childhood.  (22)  And often he has 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)  Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
(24)  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" 
(25)  When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!"  (26)  Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead."  (27)  But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
(28)  And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?"
 
(29)  So He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting."
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Luke 9:37-43
(37)  Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met Him. 
(38)  Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, "Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child.  (39)  And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth; and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him.  (40)  So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not."
(41)  Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here."  (42)  And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him.
Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father.
(43) And they were all amazed at the majesty of God.
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My son is an epileptic

The King James translates it: lunatic.
One who was most affected with this disorder at the change of the moon,  and at the full moon.
But this lunacy was occasioned by a demon.  In this case,  the devil intended to hide himself under the appearance of a natural disorder,  that no supernatural means might be resorted to for his expulsion.

It convulses him

"To convulse completely."  The demon threw the boy into a complete convulsion.
The picture is that of the boy being rolled on the ground by the convulsion.

As a mustard seed

The mustard seed is pure - it cannot be crossed with anything else - it is pure bred.

This speaks, not of the amount of  faith, but of the QUALITY.
Pure, a total lack of doubt.

Mark 11:22-24
So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain,  'Be removed and be cast into the sea,'  and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.      (NKJV)

Prayer and Fasting

Fasting and Prayer — The Cure for Unbelief

Thirty-five Bible Fasts

1. Ahab   1 Kings 21:27-29
2. Judah   2 Chron. 20:1-25
3. Judah   Ezra 8:21-23
4. Ezra   Ezra 10:6-17
5. Nineveh   Jonah 3
6. Nehemiah   Nehemiah. 1:4-2:10
7. Jews   Esther 4:1-3;   Esther 9:1-3
8. David   Psalm 35:13;   Psalm 69:10;   Psalm 109:24
9. John's disciples   Matthew 9:14-15
10. Anna   Luke 2:37
11. Church at Antioch   Acts 13:1-5
12. Paul   Acts 27:9-11
13. Cornelius   Acts 10
14. Many churches   Acts 14:23
15. Paul   2 Corinthians 6:5;   2 Cor. 11:27
16. David 1 day 2 Samuel 3:35
17. Judah 1 day Nehemiah 9:1-4
18. Judah 1 day Jeremiah 36:6
19. Daniel 1 day Daniel 9:3,20-27
20. Pharisee 1 day Luke 18:9-14
21. Israel 1 day Judges 20:26-35
22. Israel 1 day 1 Samuel 7:6-14
23. David 1 day 2 Samuel 1:12
24. Darius 1 night Daniel 6:18-24
25. Esther and Mordecai 3 days Esther 4:13-9:3
26. Many people 3 days Matthew 15:32-39
27. Paul 3 days Acts 9:9,17
28. David 7 days 2 Samuel 12:16-23
29. Israel 7 days 1 Samuel 31:13
30. Paul and 276 men 14 days Acts 27:33-34
31. Daniel 21 days Daniel 10:3-13
32. Moses 40 days Deuteronomy 9:9-10:10
33. Joshua 40 days Exodus 24:13-18;   Exodus 32:15-17
34. Elijah 40 days 1 Kings 19:7-18
35. Jesus 40 days Matthew 4:1-11
(From WordSearch, Dake's Study Notes)

 

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