Faith…

I’ve been studying “faith” this morning in the Bible. I find the following passage interesting from Matthew 17. Traditionally, I think that it is read one way, but today it occurred to me perhaps it refers to something else:

14 ¶ And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he afalleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

17 Then Jesus answered and said, O afaithless and bperverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your aunbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have bfaith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this cmountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be dimpossible unto you.

21 Howbeit this akind goeth not out but by prayer and bfasting.

I have often heard reference that verse 21 signifies that certain miracles won’t happen unless you pray and fast (which are true and essential acts).

But today it struck me that perhaps Jesus could have been referencing this statement, “O faithless and perverse generation…” when He said: “Howbeit this kind goeth not out by by prayer and fasting.” Perhaps the Savior was meaning that an unbelieving heart is the thing that requires fasting (and prayer) to change sufficiently, which then always leads to miracles.

He himself said that the most minute particles of faith, such as the size of a mustard seed, could cause a mountain to move. So perhaps it is not that deep fasting and prayer force fruition of miracles. That would seem almost contradictory (Christ Himself said that miracles only require a particle of faith to occur). Perhaps the Savior simply was saying that it is perverse unbelief that requires prayer and fasting to be removed.

Just a thought that struck me today.

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