Day 37 (Mon, Sept 15, 2014)

Casting Out a Demon

42 total verses: Matthew 17:14-27; Mark 9:14-32; Luke 9:37-45

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

111. Demon is cast out of boy in Matthew 17:14-18; Mark 9:14-27; Luke 9:37-43
112. Disciples ask about the miracle in Matthew 17:19-21; Mark 9:28-29
113. Jesus discusses his death in Matthew 17:22-23; Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:44-45
114. Jesus pays Temple tax with a miracle in Matthew 17:24-27
115. Disciples argue about who is the greatest in Matthew 18:1-6; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 17:14-18; Mark 9:14-27; Luke 9:37-43. When Jesus came down off the mountain with the three disciples, he came upon the other disciples and a crowd. Jesus found out that the disciples had been trying to cast a demon out of a boy, but without success. The boy’s father begged Jesus to help him, and he cast the demon out.

Matthew 17:19-21; Mark 9:28-29. When the disciples asked him why they failed to cast out the demon, we read different answer in the different accounts. In Matthew, Jesus tells them it is because of lack of faith, but in Mark it is because the kind of demon only comes out with prayer (and some manuscripts add “and fasting”).

Matthew 17:22-23; Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:44-45. Traveling through Galilee, Jesus told his disciples that he was going to be killed. But his disciples did not understand what he meant, and were afraid to ask him.

Matthew 17:24-27. Peter was asked about whether Jesus paid the Temple tax. When he went to Jesus, before he could even tell Jesus, Jesus somehow knew. And he told Peter that they did not have to pay the tax, but so as to avoid giving offense, Peter should go fishing, and in the first fish he would catch, he would find a coin that would be enough to pay the Temple tax for both himself and Jesus.

Matthew 18:1-6; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48. The version in Matthew is very different than the version in Mark and Luke. In the latter two, the whole story hinged on the disciples discussing among themselves who was the greatest. In Matthew, it reads more like Jesus initiated it on his own (though it doesn’t explicitly say why Jesus brought up the subject). Then, in all three stories, Jesus talks about becoming like a child. He also talks about whoever receives a child received Jesus. Matthew adds a warning that there would be punishment for whoever caused a child to sin.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

My favorite verses came in Mark 9:23-24, with Jesus talking with the father of the demon-possessed boy. Jesus says “‘All things are possible for one who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!'” (ESV). I like both quotes. The one by Jesus challenges me about the power of faith (and how little I seem to exercise it). The quote by the father is something I related to when I have little faith… Acknowledging the little I do have, and then asking God to help my struggles with doubt.

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