In this post I would like to help you understand four concepts about faith in two events that happened in Mark 9 with the help of pictures.
Mountains and Valleys of the Christian Life (Mark 9:2-13)
The Transfiguration of Jesus took place high up a mountain. It’s where the disciples (Peter, James, and John) got to see Jesus in all His glory, saw Moses and Elijah (two important people of the Jewish tradition that also represent the Law and Prophecy respectively), and heard the voice of God! If I was one of the disciples,that experience would have strengthened my faith while on the mountain top, but what awaits us in the valley?
Faithless Generation (Mark 9:14=29)
Jesus and His disciples went back down into the valley, where the deteriorating problems of this world are stagnated, and they saw the other nine disciples arguing with the scribes in front of a crowd and a father with his demon possessed son. In Mark 9:19 Jesus asked a question (and I do believe He asked with a brokenheart) “O faithless generation, how long must I be with you?” I believe He was talking to everyone in that scenario, the other nine disciples included, for trusting in their own strength. The three who were with Him on the mountain, just stood there and did nothing in spite of what they witnessed at the mountain top; the scribes for NEVER believing in Him, and the crowd (including the father and his son) for doubting that He was the true Messiah. Jesus, after being transfigured in the mountains was broken-hearted by the problem all around Him in the valleys.
A Cry of Desperation (Mark 9:14-29)
There are two parts of faith: the objective and the subjective. The father of the demon possessed boy had faith, but it was mixed with human unbelief (Mark 9:24). Objectively he granted that Jesus might be able to help, but he lacked the subjective faith in the power of the Savior. As Christians we fall short as well because of our flesh. But as much as Jesus love that father and his son, He loves us too that He came and died for us even before we were born!
A Picture of the Gospel (Mark 9:14-29)
Much like the demon possessed boy who could breathe but not live, we get attacked by demons of this world (greed, pride, doubt, and lust) as well and it sometimes, if not most times, chokes our spirituality. Other times we try to live by the standards of this world by selective listening and reading instead of the obvious solution which is looking up and listening to Him; the one who is mighty to save, with confident faith.