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Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples:
and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to
the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.... 102
The Law of the Lord is perfect, convertiing the soul : the
testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple :
the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart :
What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there
of circumcision ? Much every way: chiefly because that
unto them were committed the oracles of God
What then ? Are we better than they?
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also : know-
ing that tribulation worketh patience ; and patience ex-
perience; and experience hope ; and hope maketh not
ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our
I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Com-
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall
we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we
believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son
FAITH, THE GIFT OF GOD.
MARK ix, 24.
AND STRAIGHTWAY THE FATHER OF THE CHILD CRIED OUT, AND
SAID WITH TEARS : LORD, I BELIEVE : HELP THOU MINE UN
The narrative, from which this passage is taken, is one of those many accounts, contained in the gospel, of miraculous cures performed by our Lord upon persons possessed with devils. The incident in question occurred upon the return of Jesus from the mountain, where his transfiguration had taken place. It was on that occasion, that “when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the Scribes questioning with them. And he asked the Scribes, what question ye with them ? And one of the multitude answered, and said; Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; and wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him; and he
foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O! faithless generation, how long shall I be with you ? how long shall I suffer you? Bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago
since this came unto him ? And he said of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him : but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe ; help thou mine unbelief.” Such is the account given by St. Mark of this transaction : which, as a mere story, might well interest us, from the unaffected plainness, and natural sincerity, with which the simple narrative is related : but which justly puts forth far weightier claims to our attention, referring, as it does, to Him, who is the Author of our salvation; and containing instruction, certainly not unimportant, and by which, through the blessing of God, we ourselves may well profit.