Casting Out Silence – chapter 5
Refer to Mark 9:14-29 where you have a contrast between the power of silence and the power of speech.
- done through the body of a boy
- the boy has been silent
- the boy
- seeking help
- the crowd
- only witnesses
- overecomed and awed
- the disciples
- front and center in narrative
- was questionable about Jesus??
- couldn’t deal with the spirit
- their lack of faith
- Jesus rebukes them for their lack of faith, he was provoked to talk about the faithless generation
- the scribes
- appears only for an
- are argueing
- was here to supervise
- the venue of the contest
Jesus silences the Demon
- was Jesus the “real doctor”
- faith to bring the boy to sppech
- unfaith of the disciples
- “have pity on us…and HELP US!”
- Jesus masters the destructive spirit
- all can be done for the one who believes
- Jesus says:
- for mortals it is impossible, but not for God
- for God all things are possible (Mark 10:27)
- possibilities is for the person of faith
- is it only from God?
- Ref: (Gen 18)
- for this to happen, God must be at work
- Jesus tells the spirit “come out of him, and never enter him again!”
- The boy was healed and freed
- Jesus can restore
- We don’t know if the boy can speak
- he is raised up as like Easter
Who Caused this?
- What caused this “issue” for the boy?
- his mutenesss?
- reducd in the U.S. society???????????????????
- white racism
- discrimination of colored people
- sees themselves as less than fully first-clas human persons
- could not benefit from American capitalism
- what does “this boy” mean to colored people
- is he ruthlessly reduced to silence
- by power?
- Was his father like MLK?
- his mutenesss?
The Need To Believe
- Is Prayer a refusal to settle for what is
- an act of hope
- Jesus say “and fasting” Verse 28….In Mark
- More talk about bread
- yeast of Pharisees and Herod
- the “one loaf”
- being nourished by the broken bread of life
- robbed of distinct identity
Jesus Breaks Silence
- did Jesus distance himself from Rome by fasting?
- the boy can now stand
- not immobilized by feae
- no longer powerless
- Jesus though disciples could share in emancipatory actions????
- Does this boy represent the power of being forced to be silent?
- Thus, Jesus breaks the silence.