“Help My Unbelief!”

Despite their past success in confronting evil spirits, the disciples find themselves at a complete loss in dealing with a demonized boy and his desperate father. The tension in the air is thick—the disciples feeling a sense of personal failure, the father’s fragile faith waning, and the taunted boy on the verge of total destruction. Jesus’ display of power to rescue the boy is gracious and direct and provocative, but it begs questions regarding why the disciples could not rise to the occasion as did Jesus.