Summary: Father of a demon-possessed man
IMMEDIATE FAITH (MARK 9:15-29)
There was a devout Christian mother who was always teaching her daughter lessons of faith and trust, especially telling her that she need never be afraid at any time because God was always near. One summer evening she tucked her little girl in bed after her prayers, put out the light, and went downstairs. Then an electrical storm came rolling out of the west with vivid flashes of lightning and a reverberating roar of thunder. Suddenly there was a simultaneous blinding flash and a deafening crash, and when the echoes died away, the mother heard the little girl calling desperately, "Mama! Mama! Come and get me."
The mother found her trembling, little girl in tears. After she had soothed her somewhat, she thought it might be an opportune time to teach a spiritual lesson, and said, "My little girl, has Mother not taught you many times that you need never be afraid, that God is always near, and nothing can harm you?" The little one put her arms around her mother’s neck and said, "Yes, Mama. I know that God is always near, but when the lightning and the thunder are so awful, I want someone near me that’s got skin on him." (from Illustrations of Bible Truths # 231)
Mark 9 tells the story of a father of a demon-possessd man whose dream for his son’s healing almost grounded to a halt but for his awakening to faith. No one but Jesus could help him. Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and commanded the spirit to come out of the boy. How was his faith awakened? What stirs and not sinks a person’s faith? How does faith surface and shine against the greatest odds and obstacles?
Dare to Invite Yourself in Hope
15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. 16 "What are you arguing with them about?" he asked. 17 A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not." (Mark 9:15-18)
Sophie Tucker the dog must have nine lives. The grey and black cattle dog fell from a yacht on a rough trip in poor weather. After searching for an hour off the Queensland coastal town of Mackay, the owners regrettably and reluctantly expected the worst, but the dog had a mind of its own.
The determined pet swam six miles of shark-infested waters and landed on an island, where she survived for more than four months on wild goats for food. Before too long, a handful of people living on the island reported seeing a dog running around. When the bodies of several young goats were found, locals contacted wildlife rangers and word of a dog on the island reached the ears of Miss Griffith and her family.
When the owner heard that a dog had been caught in an island, they went to have a look. They waited at the marina as the rangers’ boat came in - and there in the cage was a grey and black dog. Miss Griffiths said, "We called her name and she went crazy - whimpering and banging on the cage, so they let her out and she ran over to us and almost knocked us over with excitement. She was a house dog and look what she’s done, she has swum over five nautical miles, she has managed to live off the land all on her own. We wish she could talk, we truly do."