Matthew 17:7-21 It would help your understanding if you begin reading at verse one.
What do you suppose the disciples thought when Jesus “raised them up” and they now saw no one but him any longer?
John the Baptist came “in the spirit of Elijah” but (somewhat like Christ for whom he was a forerunner) he was rejected.
If folks today were honest I fear that many would have to admit what this man admits to Jesus in verse 15! Notice Jesus’ response (v. 17). Have you ever felt like this?
Note carefully Jesus’ response to the disciples as to why they couldn’t heal the boy: 1) the littleness of your faith, 2) if you would exercise even the tiniest amount of faith NOTHING would be impossible to you, 3) it takes a life of trusting God, not just an hour a week (v. 21 prayer and fasting practiced often).
For those who want more on why verse 21 is missing in your Bible or why the footnotes to it, ask and I’ll post.
I had a request that I do a post on my sermons. I will list my text and just a few comments. The hope is that others of you will comment (both those who were there and heard as well as any who have questions or relevant comments).
Three important facts from these first three verses:
1) Peter’s attempted rebuke of Jesus falls right on the heels of his confession of Jesus as the Christ (Messiah, Annointed One promised of old).
2) This is based on his acceptance of the false teaching of his day that the Messiah would be a conquoring king (the suffering servant of Isaiah 53 was totally neglected).
3) God and His will, as indicated in His Word, must be first in our minds and lives. This is emphasized in the following four verses.
The final verse of this text does not indicate “THE last day” when Christ returns to judge all humanity, but it points to His return in judgment in the destruction of Jerusalem on the generation who not only refused Him, but also crucified Him.