Moving Mountains In The Gospel Of Matthew, Mark, And Thomas

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What does it mean to have faith that moves mountains? This phrase is found throughout the bible, particularly in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Thomas. When we study this phrase, we can see that when we focus on our problems God looks small, but when we center our attention on God the problems look small. When we turn to Jesus, he takes the weight of our burdens in order to heal us. In the Gospel of Matthew, 17:14-20, Jesus heals a boy who is possessed by a demon after his disciples failed to caste out the demon. Following this miracle, Jesus explains that even little faith can move mountains. The story of The Healing of a Boy with a Demon in the Gospel of Matthew is relayed differently in Matthew compared to Mark, contains unique Matthean …show more content…
The story began with Jesus, Peter, James, and John approaching a crowd after the transfiguration of Jesus. Upon Jesus’ arrival, the father of a boy who was possessed by a demon was pleading for Jesus to have pity on his son. The father says, “Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water” (Mt 17:15). The disciples were unable to cure the boy. Jesus exclaims, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you?” (Mt 17: 17). Following this exclamation, Jesus rebukes the demon out of the boy. Then, Jesus explains to the disciples that their inability to cast out the demon was due to their little …show more content…
The disciples in Mark frequently misunderstand Jesus and his teachings. In contrast, the disciples in Matthew are portrayed as understanding. Yet, they are not perfect because they do exhibit ‘little faith’ periodically throughout the gospel. In addition, like in Mark the disciples are also companions of Jesus. Harrington explains the role of the disciples in Matthew’s Gospel, he says, “The Gospel of Matthew tries to combine two perspectives: The disciples share in the power of the risen Lord and faithfully transmit the teaching of earthly Jesus” (19). Matthew furthers the role of the disciples by having them serve as models for Matthean

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