Matthew 17:16 “I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.” Keep in mind, these very disciples had been able to heal and cure and restore in (Matt.10)
These disciples had returned to their Lord greatly excited, and saying, “Even the devils are subject to us in thy Name.”
We may have healing power only when Jesus is present. Jesus had been away on the mount with Peter, James and John.
Aaron had failed in courage and in faith when Moses was absent on Mount Sinai, and he was left in charge of the people.
The disciple in this setting had failed while Jesus was absent. Without Jesus we can do nothing, but without us Jesus can do everything “All power is given unto me in heaven and earth.” (Mt.28:18)
Rest assure, Jesus never put evil into any man, always he sought to cast it out, “And Jesus rebuked the devil, and he departed out of him” (v.18)
Note, a parent in trouble. We see the man bring the child to the disciples “And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.”
Jesus himself was out of reach, let us keep in mind miracles was still taking place “there appeared unto them Moses and Elias taking with them.” (v.3)
Secondly, the disciples had received a commission to work miracles in (ch.10:8) “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”
The people of Christ should be helpers of the distressed.
The church is the natural home of the helpless. The church is expected to have restoring energy “Brethren, if a man be overtake in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” (Gal.6:1)
It is sad to see the miserable so disappointed by the failure of the church to help in there time of trouble.
When disappointed, the man appeals to Christ. Note, he does not despair, he does not give up all efforts to have his child healed. The apostle Paul declared, “ I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:14)
Nothing in the world is so persevering as love “Many water cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.” (S.S 8:7)
When people fails, Jesus may yet be appealed to.
It is a great mistake to allow our disappointment with Christians to blind us from the goodness and power of Jesus Christ.
People must learn to turn from Christ’s imperfect followers to Jesus himself “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,” (Jas.5:16.)
The disciple were humiliated. God’s people are not always successful in the eyes of men. The disciple tried to cure the sick boy, but they failed.
We may be true Christians, and yet we may meet with bitter disappointment in our efforts.
The servant of Christ is often humiliated at the failure of his attempts to serve his Master or benefit his fellow-men.
Christians are weak in the absence of his Master. If Christ had been with them, the encouragement of his presence would have fortified his disciples.
They who would do effective work for Jesus must cleave close to him. The failure of work may be due to the failure of our faith.
James tells us that faith without works is dead. Difficult Christian work is only possible when accompanied by prayer “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (Jas.5:16)
The mistake of the disciples may have been that, while they lost faith in God, they were to confident of their own powers “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (I.Cor. 10:12)
Jesus will always come to our rescue. Jesus rebukes unbelief. He came when he was most need. He sees a defective condition of mind in the disciples and in the people generally. Jesus see’s all things in us. He heard the cry of Hagar son “And God heard the voice of the lad, and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? Fear not, for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.” (Gen.17:21)
That generation was faithless, it was perverse, crooked, warped by invincible prejudices and inveterate obstinacy.
Human nature is the same in all ages. According to the scripture we all are faced with “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eye, and the pride of life.” (I.Jh.2:16)
Jesus said, “Bring him hither to me,” The disciple might fail, Jesus could not fail when it pleased him to exercise his healing energy, for he was God Almighty.
The demon despised all the disciples, but the demon must obey the Lord “ But Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.” (v.18)