Matthew 17:14-20New Living Translation (NLT)
Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy
14 At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”
17 Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well.
19 Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?”
20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.[a]”
In this passage, Jesus heals a boy who was said by his father to often fall into the fire or into the water. The disciples could not heal him because Jesus said they didn’t have enough faith. Then Jesus tells them also if you just have a little faith…. Just a little. You can move mountains.
However there is another point in this passage. Jesus obviously becomes annoyed with the situation at hand. He calls the people faithless and corrupt. Digging deeper into this passage, the boy had to be an empty vessel in order for a demon to possess him. That means this boy knew nothing of faith, meaning his father undoubtedly loved him, but he didn’t have faith or know about Jesus until this time.
A little faith can run through generations! Ask Abraham. Let’s have faith today. Be blessed.