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Mark 9:14-24 – Help Me Where I Need Faith

|| Matthew 17:14-21;[1] Luke 9:34-42

MK9:14 Now when they approached the [other] disciples[2] they saw a large crowd around them, and the Bible Copyists were asking them questions. MK9:15 Suddenly when the whole crowd saw Jesus they ran forward to welcome him. MK9:16 Then Jesus asked the Bible Copyists: “What is your argument with them?” MK9:17 So one in the crowd said: “Lord, I brought to you my son who has a speechless demon. MK9:18 Whenever the demon seizes him he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and then becomes rigid. Now I asked your disciples to exorcise the demon and but could not do it.” MK9:19 Jesus answered him: “O faithless generation,[3] how much longer must I remain with you? How much longer must I tolerate you? Bring the boy here!” MK9:20 Now as soon as they brought him to Jesus, when he saw Jesus, instantly the demon threw the boy into convulsions, and foaming at the mouth he kept rolling on the ground. MK9:21 Jesus asked the father: “How long has he been doing this?” The father answered: “Since he was a child. MK9:22 Often the demon throws him into a fire, or into water to drown him.[4] But, if you can do anything, have pity on us and help.” MK9:23 Jesus told him: “That ‘if you are able’ – everything is possible to the person who believes!” MK9:24 Instantly, the father of the young boy said: “I believe! Help me with my unbelief!”[5]

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[1] Matthew 17:14-21: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] The [other] disciples: That is, those not including Peter, John and James. The other eight apostles have been involved in another matter.

[3] O faithless generation: Jesus includes the eight apostles.

[4] Into water to drown him: Demons become trapped within the material form they inhabit and the only thing left is to drive the person to suicide.

[5] Help me with my unbelief: Many have prayed the same since.

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Preceding

Mark 5 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 5:1-10 – Demon ‘Legion’ Expelled

Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:1-8 – The Transfiguration

Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:9-13 – Elijah Has Come

Matthew 12:22-30 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: the Charge of Demonism

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Additional reading

  1. Today’s thought “According to your faith” (July 8)
  2. Matthew 17:14-21 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed

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Related

  1. Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 223/260: The Father of the Possessed Boy
  2. Coming Down the Mountain
  3. I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!
  4. “Lord, I Believe; Help My Unbelief!”
  5. belief in the middle of struggle
  6. Help my unbelief

Mark 9:9-13 – Elijah Has Come

|| Matthew 17:14-21;[1] Luke 9:34-42

MK9:9 Now as the descended the mountain Jesus ordered the disciples never to tell anyone[2] what they had seen until the Son of Humankind [Daniel 7:13] was raised up from the dead. MK9:10 So they kept this to themselves,[3] discussing with one another what this ‘rising up again from the dead’[4] meant. MK9:11 Then they asked Jesus: “Why do the Bible Copyists say that Elijah must come first?” MK9:12 Now Jesus answered them:[5] “For a certainty Elijah must come first [Malachi 4:1] and will restore everything. [Malachi 4:5, 6] How is it written regarding the Son of Humankind [Daniel 7:13] suffering many things [Psalm 22:6; Isaiah 53:3] and then being rejected? [Isaiah 53:3; Psalm 118:22] MK9:13 But, I tell you: Elijah has already come![6] And they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it was written.”

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[1] Matthew 17:14-21: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] Never to tell anyone: Something like Paul’s own experience. [2 Corinthians 12:4] Peter writes of the experience at 2 Peter 1:16-19.

[3] So they kept this to themselves: This silence on where they went with the Nazarene could have caused the following argument of who was the greatest.

[4] Rising up again from the dead: The subject of the resurrection of Messiah in the Hebrew Bible is obscure and it is only until after Pentecost that Psalm 16:10 is used as the main proof of such. It is likely Isaiah 53:10, 12 also could be used.

[5] Jesus answered them: In his answer, Jesus alludes to several verses from the Hebrew Bible, though these probably escaped the disciples at the time, as it would most Christians today.

[6] Elijah has already come: Jesus’ own inspired interpretation of Malachi applies it to John the Baptist.

 

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Preceding

Mark 9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 9:1-8 – The Transfiguration

Matthew 17:14-21 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed

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Additional reading

  1. When you believe Jesus is God, do you think he died?
  2. When you believe Jesus is God: who do you think is the mediator? #2 Firstborn from the dead our advocate
  3. The resurrected Lord

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Related

  1. Aug 6, 2021: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (B)
  2. Coming Down the Mountain
  3. A Glimpse of Glory

CHAPTER NINE:
TRANSFIGURATION, FAITH, GREATNESS,
AND STUMBLING

[“Glory and Greatness”]
Key word: Humility

Mark 9:1-8 – The Transfiguration

|| Matthew 17:1-8;[1] Luke 9:28-36

MK9:1 Now Jesus said to them: “I tell you this truth: Some of you standing here will not experience death[2] until you have seen God’s Kingdom already ruling.”[3] MK9:2 Six days later Jesus took Peter, James and John[4] with him and lead them up into a lofty mountain where they were alone. Then he was transfigured[5] before them, MK9:3 and his garments became dazzling white like snow, whiter than any human clothes cleaner could ever make them. MK9:4 Then they saw Elijah appear with Moses[6] and they were talking with Jesus. MK9:5 Now Peter responded and asked Jesus: “Rabbi, it is outstanding we are all here together! Let us put up three tents – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!” MK9:6 For Peter had no idea what to say for they were all so frightened. MK9:7 Then a cloud came and overshadowed them. And a Voice came from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved Son![7] Listen to him!”[8] MK9:8 And then suddenly when they looked around they saw no one but Jesus alone with them.

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[1] Matthew 17:1-8: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] Some of you standing here will not experience death: That is, will still be alive when.

[3] Until you have seen God’s Kingdom already ruling: These disciples would still be living when Christ begins his rule in fulfillment to Psalm 2:6, Psalm 110:1, and Daniel 7:13. Christ begins his rule upon his ascension to heaven in the year 33 AD. [1 Corinthians 15:24; Ephesians 1:19-22] Compare notes on Matthew 16:28 and Acts 13:33.

[4] Peter, James and John: It is the taking of these three that may later bring up the issue of “who is the greatest.” See notes below.

[5] Transfigured: Or, changed. The Greek is METAMORPHOTHE.

[6] Elijah appear with Moses: Many see these two as representing the Prophets and the Law respectively and their fulfillment in Christ. Others carry it further. See notes on Revelation 11:4-6.

[7] Son: That is, the created and begotten son of Proverbs 8:22-30. Elijah and Moses are not living beings here, for in Matthew it is called a “vision.”

[8] Listen to him: Or, hear, obey. This is the real purpose behind the whole transfiguration vision – to confirm to these three apostles the Sonship of Christ and God’s approval of him. The language echoes Psalm 2:6.

 

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Preceding

Matthew 17 Calvin’s view on the days of spectatorship

Matthew 17:1-9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Transfiguration Vision

Matthew 24:29-35 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Answer Part Two – Sign 2: The Parousia. A Sign after the Great Oppression

Mark 1 – Additional Bible Students notes on Mark 1:9-11 – An Approved Son Baptized

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Review Questions on Chapter Eight

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Additional reading

  1. Who do you say Jesus is
  2. Today’s thought “Do you believe this?” (April 18)
  3. Not About The Name Of The Godhead Of Jesus
  4. The Dead — Where Are They? 15 Moses and Elijah at the Transfiguration
  5. How should we worship God? #13 Transfiguration
  6. Today’s thought “Rise and have no fear” (July 16)

 

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Related

  1. Following Jesus Up And Down The Mountain (Mark 9:2-9)
  2. The Mountaintop
  3. What A Day
  4. Transfiguration
  5. The Transfiguration
  6. Transfiguration and disfiguration
  7. The Transfiguration of Christ
  8. The Transfiguration of the Lord
  9. The Transfiguration of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration
  10. Mark 9: 2 – 13 The transfiguration
  11. Why did the Transfiguration happen?
  12. The Transfiguration of Jesus
  13. The meaning and importance of the transfiguration
  14. Luke 9- The Transfiguration
  15. View from the Other Side
  16. Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus
  17. Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
  18. Aug 6, 2021: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (B)
  19. Friday, August 6, 2021
  20. After the clouds the sunshine
  21. Listen Up!
  22. “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” ~God
  23. “Listen to Him”
  24. Listen to Him
  25. Trust What He Says
  26. Transformation
  27. The Great and Quiet Transformation
  28. The Church, faith is one continuous, joyful repetition of this “it is good for us to be here”, is a plea for the everlasting light, a thirst for this illumination and transfiguration. Fr. Alexander Schmemann
  29. The Glory of the Transfiguration
  30. A Better View of Jesus
  31. A Glimpse of His Glory
  32. Christ’s Transfiguration and Our Transfiguration | Daily Office Devotional 2021/8/5
  33. The Loving Gaze of God
  34. Let Us Retire from the World and Turn to the Creator
  35. That’s Supernatural!
  36. Why Does Jesus Give More To Seers Than To Other Laity?

Review Questions on Chapter Eight

  • What miracle did Jesus duplicate?
  • What warning did Jesus give regarding the Pharisees?
  • Who did Jesus heal in Bethsaida?
  • What was the reaction of Peter to Jesus’ words about his death?
  • What rebuke did Jesus give Peter?
  • What does it mean cw Jesus?

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Preceding

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:1-9 – 4000 Fed

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:10-13 – Pharisees Seek Sign

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:14-21 – Warning About Doctrinal Leaven

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:22-26 – A Blind Man in Bethsaida

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:27-33 – Death Foretold in Caesarea

Mark 8:27-29 Simon Peter said Jesus is the Messiah,the Son of The Living God!

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:34-38 – Disown Self and Follow Constantly

Mark 8:34-38 – Disown Self and Follow Constantly

|| Matthew 16:24-28;[1] Luke 9:23-27

MK8:34 Now after he assembled the crowd, as well as his disciples, he said to them all: “Whoever wants to follow me must first renounce self,[2] and then shouldering a stake,[3] follow me. MK8:35 For whoever tries to preserve the soul will lose it. But, whoever loses the soul in my behalf and the Good News, the same person will preserve it. MK8:36 For what does it profit a person if the whole world is gained but the soul lost? MK8:37 Or, what would a person ever give in exchange for the soul?[4] [Psalm 49:8] MK8:38 So then, whoever is ashamed of me and my teachings among this adulterous and sinful generation the Son of Humankind [Daniel 7:13] will be ashamed when he returns in the glory of his Father[5] [Daniel 7:22] with the holy angels.”[6] [Zechariah 14:5]

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[1] Matthew 16:24-28: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] First renounce self: Or, KJV: deny himself; WMS: say ‘No’ to self; PME: give up all right to himself.

[3] Stake: Or, cross. See notes elsewhere on STAUROO.

[4] Give in exchange for the soul: Possibly an echo of Psalm 49:8.

[5] When he ‘returns in the glory of his Father’: Or, comes, arrives. The Greek ELTHE means arrive and may imply “return.” The same word appears in the 3rd Century BC Jewish Greek version of Daniel 7:22 which foretells the advent of Messiah in his Parousia as his Father’s representative.

[6] With the holy angels: Possibly an echo of Zechariah 14:5.

 

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Preceding

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:1-9 – 4000 Fed

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:10-13 – Pharisees Seek Sign

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:14-21 – Warning About Doctrinal Leaven

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:22-26 – A Blind Man in Bethsaida

Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:27-33 – Death Foretold in Caesarea

Mark 8:27-29 Simon Peter said Jesus is the Messiah,the Son of The Living God!

Matthew 16:24-28 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: A Disciple Must Disown Self

Demanding signs or denying yourself

To follow Christ

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