they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on
his knees before Him and saying,
have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill;
for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.
brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him."
Jesus answered and said, "You unbelieving and perverted
generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I
put up with you? Bring him here to Me."
Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the
boy was cured at once.
the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could
we not drive it out?"
He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith;
for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a
mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here
to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible
At first glance, this passage
seems to be contradictory. Jesus tells His Disciples they could not drive
out the demon 'because of the littleness of their faith'. He subsequently
says that with the faith of a mustard seed anything is possible.
On the surface, these
statements are contradictory. When we see what appears to be a
contradiction, it is an invitation to investigate further. Jesus has given
us a riddle to solve – How can the faith of a mustard seed move a mountain
if the Disciples couldn’t cast out a demon because of the ‘littleness of
The key to solving this
riddle is in understanding what the mustard seed represents. The
contradiction exists because we assume that a mustard seed represents a
small amount of faith.
Jesus provides us with a
parable about a Mustard seed:
kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took
and sowed in his field; 32and this is smaller than all
other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than
the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of
the air come and nest in its branches."
At a basic level, this
parable teaches about the death and resurrection of Jesus. In this parable,
JESUS IS THE MUSTARD SEED.
Back to Mathew 17. If
Jesus is the Mustard Seed, then the ‘faith of a mustard seed’, is NOT a
SMALL amount of faith. It is actually the MOST amount of faith.
It is total and complete
The Disciples could not cast
out the Demon because they didn’t have enough faith. Jesus then told them
that if they had total and complete faith, that nothing would be
impossible to them.
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