"he stood up" - he arose, stood up, got up. Calvin observes the contradiction of claiming to believe, but at the same time asking for help to overcome unbelief. "is possible" - [are] able. The imperfect is durative, a normal tense for multiple greetings, but possibly iterative, expressing repeated greetings; "they hailed Jesus one after another", Gundry. econta (ecw) pres. tou paidiou (on) gen. "[the Father] of the child" - The genitive is adjectival, relational. oJpou ean + subj. A subjunctive of prohibition, Wallace p469. Jesus asks what's going on. Why cant they do exactly as Jesus has showed they can do? As soon as the people in the crowd saw Jesus, admiring excitement stirred them. Mark 3:14-15 . After all, if a lack of faith prevents such miracles from happening, and we know that that has happened to Jesus in the past, then why is he able to perform the miracle? "[the teachers of the law] arguing" - [the scribes] arguing, questioning. "He" = "Jesus", genitive, in agreement with the participle. The narrative of St. Mark here becomes much the fullest of the three. It was a call to clear and deep faith, in a world where the whole direction and ethos of the culture militated against such faith. Seeing Jesus didn't pray, it is usually argued that the need for pray applies to the disciples. This creates a theological problem because it presents us with God who cures medical disorders based upon the faith of those involved. Mark 9:14-29 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Heals a Boy Possessed by an Impure Spirit. Mark 9:14-29, Help My Unbelief! "the boy looked" - he became [as if (wJsei, comparative) dead]. "exclaimed" - having cried out. Both this participle and "having convulsed him" are attendant circumstance expressing action accompanying the main verb "came out", although it is possible to treat it as adverbial, temporal; "after crying out and convulsing him terribly", ESV. Idiomatic; "apart / privately", Zerwick. For Mark, the problem is demonic, not medical, and this because Mark is alluding to a struggle with dark powers that will find its climax at the cross in a victory of faith. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. kai "but" - and. en "by" - in, by [prayer]. But Mark includes this last exorcism story because it provides important guidance for the later church. "after [Jesus] had gone" - having entered. Jesus had given the disciples the power to exorcise, but on this occasion the powers of darkness were too strong for them. prostreconteV (prostrecw) pres. Cranfield lists the usual suspects, opting for "a man who has faith will not set any limit to what I (Jesus) (or perhaps God?) He gave no … "whenever" - This construction normally forms an indefinite local clause (adverbial), so "wherever it comes upon him", Weymouth, although most translations opt for a temporal clause, as NIV. "As our faith is never perfect, it follows that we are partly unbelievers." Mark 9:14-29 I Want to Do It Myself. The symptoms are now described indicating that the boy is an epileptic (explicitly stated in Matthew 17:15) - thrown to the ground, foaming at the mouth, gnashing of teeth, and becoming stiff. Here obviously with the sense "command", a command with an implied threat. "disciples" - Dative of indirect object. ek paidioqen "from childhood" - The preposition here is temporal; "ever since he was a child", CEV. "[has] he [been like this]" - [this has happened] to him. subj. The father affirms his willingness to rely on Jesus, but exposes his humanity in identifying himself with the "faithless generation". "This kind/type" of unclean spirit, a powerful kind (Mark has made this point in his description of the boy's symptoms), necessitates prayer. After they went out, they are recorded as having cast out many devils. Adverbial use of polluV. The use of Sinai images in the account of the transfiguration story are patently obvious, but is the return of Jesus to the gathered crowd below imaging the return of Moses to the gathered people of Israel? Probably "most of the crowd", even "all the crowd", BAGD, "all who were present", Cranfield. tw/ pneumati tw/ akaqartw/ dat. katalabh/ (katalambanw) aor. According to the Oxford Annotated Bible, Jesus statement that potent faith comes from prayer and fasting is to be contrasted with the argumentative attitude on display in verse 14. A typical long winded Aramaic introduction with the attendant participle treated as virtually redundant, as NIV. This exorcism story is unusually detailed and profound. The "they" refers to Jesus and the three disciples who witnessed the transfiguration. The word is a strong word and made stronger by the prefix ek producing an awe/amazement/wonder of extreme emotional distress and wonderment, reinforced by a perfective aspect, ie. This is an analysis for Jesus Heals an Unclean Spirit (Mark 9:14-29). Note, also used of resurrection, ie. Jesus' question to the father demonstrates empathy and interest, yet after the disciples' failure, the Father's plea now carries with it doubt. Here expressing opposition. They, like the rest of the generation, were faithless. "-" - that [may you cast it out]. pas. idonteV (eidon) aor. "for him who believes" - to the one believing. ii] Structure: This passage, Faith and Unfaith, presents as follows: The healing of the boy with the unclean spirit, v14-29: This healing / exorcism narrative, as usual, points beyond itself, although here the focus is not so much on the exorcism, but rather the issue of faith which is drawn out in the developing discourse. "never enter again" - no more may you enter [into him]. 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