7.15 Healed Dumb, Deaf Epileptic Boy
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May 30 7.15 They returned to the other disciples and saw a large crowd around and scribes arguing with them. When the crowd saw Jesus, they were amazed and ran to greet him.
He asked, “What are you debating?” Someone answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, possessed by a dumb spirit, which seizes and convulses him, then he foams, grinds his teeth and he becomes rigid. It scarcely leaves him, always bruising him. I asked your disciples to expel it, but they couldn’t. Lord have mercy on him, for he’s lunatic and injurious.”
Jesus answered, “O unbelieving generation! How long shall I be with you and endure you? Bring him to me!” They did, and on seeing Jesus, the spirit immediately convulsed, felled and rolled the boy about foaming. Jesus asked the father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered, “Often it throws him into fire or water to kill him. If you can1 do anything, have pity and help us!”
May 31 Jesus exclaimed, ‘“If you can’? Everything is possible for a believer.” Immediately, the father cried out, “I believe! Help my unbelief!”
Seeing a crowd gathering, Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, saying, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and stay out of him!” The spirit screamed, convulsed him violently and came out, leaving the boy like a corpse. Some said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and he rose, and Jesus gave him to his father cured from that hour.2 And all were amazed at the majesty of God.
Later, indoors and alone, his disciples asked him, “Why couldn’t we expel it?”
Jun 1 He replied, “Because of your little faith. Truly if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you would say to this mountain ‘Move from here,’ and it will be removed, and nothing shall be impossible to you.3 This kind can be expelled only by prayer and fasting.4