We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. All Rights Reserved. Commentary on Mark 9:14-29 (Read Mark 9:14-29) The father of the suffering youth reflected on the want of power in the disciples; but Christ will have him reckon the disappointment to the want of faith. Many remain ignorant because they are ashamed to inquire. What Does Jesus Mean by 'Their Worm Does Not Die' (Mark 9:44, 46, 48)? The poor man had brought his child to the disciples, and found them unable to do anything with him. The disciples must not think to do their work always with the same ease; some services call for more than ordinary pains. Many have been like the disciples, ready to silence men who have success in preaching to sinners repentance in Christ's name, because they follow not with them. Proud member : This is one of the texts which very soon became misunderstood, the ascetic addition, καὶ νηστείᾳ, being at once a proof and a cause of misunderstanding. God owns Jesus, and accepts him as his beloved Son, and is ready to accept us in him. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. We shall be called to account about our discourses, and to account for our disputes, especially about being greater than others. Surely it is beyond compare better to undergo all possible pain, hardship, and self-denial here, and to be happy for ever hereafter, than to enjoy all kinds of worldly pleasure for a season, and to be miserable for ever. If thou canst believe, it is possible that thy hard heart may be softened, thy spiritual diseases may be cured; and, weak as thou art, thou mayest be able to hold out to … This Jesus taught them by a sign; whoever shall receive one like this child, receives me. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 9:30-40 The time of Christ's suffering drew nigh. THE TRANSFIGURATION. Whom Christ cures, he cures effectually. Mark UNBELIEVING BELIEF Mark 9:24. The time of Christ's suffering drew nigh. Here is a prediction of the near approach Christ's kingdom. that while the Saviour teaches so plainly the things which belong to his love and grace, men are so blinded that they understand not his sayings. Christ does not leave the soul, when joys and comforts leave it. The traditional idea has been that Jesus here prescribes a certain discipline by which the exorcist could gain power to cope successfully with the most obstinate cases of possession, a course of prayer and fasting. Alas! The vision, being designed only to introduce the voice, when that was delivered, disappeared (Mark 9:8) Suddenly when they had looked round about, as men amazed to see where they were, all was gone, they saw no man any more. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Like the sacrifices, we must be salted with salt; our corrupt affections must be subdued and mortified by the Holy Spirit. He alone gives us this part of the conversation between our Lord and the afflicted child’s father. We have here the discourse between Christ and his disciples, as they came down from the mount.(1.) But Satan is unwilling to be driven from those that have been long his slaves, and, when he cannot deceive or destroy the sinner, he will cause him all the terror that he can. (2-3) Jesus is transfigured before His disciples. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. Some believe that Jesus refers to sinners as worms and says that those people would never die but would live on in agonizing torment. Those who say this fail to notice that Jesus does not call wicked people "worms," but speaks of " … Mark 9:29. τοῦτο τὸ γένος, etc. If sinners are brought to repent, to believe in the Saviour, and to live sober, righteous, and godly lives, we then see that the Lord works by the preacher. A torrent of appeal breaks from his lips as soon as the Lord gives him … Jesus explained to the disciples the prophecy about Elias. Had he been delivered into the hands of devils, and they had done this, it had not been so strange; but that men should thus shamefully treat the Son of man, who came to redeem and save them, is wonderful. Very much is promised to our believing. If thou canst believe, it is possible that thy hard heart may be softened, thy spiritual diseases may be cured; and, weak as thou art, thou mayest be able to hold out to the end. "Questioning" (KJV) or "disputing" (NKJV) in Mark 9:14 is translated from a Greek word that implies confuting, that is, attempting to disprove or deny. Doubtless, remorse of conscience and keen self-reflection are this never-dying worm. Our Lord blamed the apostles, reminding them that he who wrought miracles in his name would not be likely to hurt his cause. Those that have the salt of grace, must show they have a living principle of grace in their hearts, which works out corrupt dispositions in the soul that would offend God, or our own consciences. It is good to be away from the world, and alone with Christ: and how good to be with Christ glorified in heaven with all the saints! The success of Christ, however, countered the failure of the disciples, shutting the mouths of the critical scribes. (41-50). We owe to Mark’s Gospel the fullest account of the pathetic incident of the healing of the demoniac boy. of (14-29) The apostles reproved. It is repeatedly said of the wicked, Their worm dieth not, as well as, The fire is never quenched. The transfiguration. Mark 9:2 - Mark 9:13. (30-40) Pain to be preferred to sin. Therefore we must own and accept him as our beloved Saviour, and must give up ourselves to be ruled by him. This was very suitable to the ill usage of John Baptist. Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. He charged them to keep this matter very private, till he was risen from the dead, which would complete the proof of his divine mission, and then this must be produced with the rest of the evidence, v. 9. Those that complain of unbelief, must look up to Christ for grace to help them against it, and his grace will be sufficient for them. And besides, he, being now in a state of humiliation, would haves nothing publicly taken notice of, that … But when it is well with us, we are apt not to care for others, and in the fulness of our enjoyments, we forget the many wants of our brethren. Those who are most humble and self-denying, most resemble Christ, and shall be most tenderly owned by him. This idea … All rights reserved. Very much is promised to our believing. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Mark 9 – The Transfiguration A. Jesus is transfigured. 1. Salem Media Group. Still observe that when Christ spake of his death, he always spake of his resurrection, which took the reproach of it from himself, and should have taken the grief of it from his disciples. Had he been delivered into the hands of devils, and they had done this, it had not been so strange; but that men should thus shamefully treat the Son of man, who came to redeem and save them, is wonderful. All three Evangelists are careful to date the Transfiguration by a reference to the solemn new teaching at Caesarea, and Mark’s ‘six days’ plainly cover the same time as Luke’s ‘eight’-the former reckoning excluding in the count, and the latter including, the days on which the two incidents occurred. © 2020 Christianity.com. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. (1-13) An evil spirit cast out. A glimpse of that kingdom was given in the transfiguration of Christ. The father of the suffering youth reflected on the want of power in the disciples; but Christ will have him reckon the disappointment to the want of faith.