Matthew 17: 17


#1

Regarding this verse (before Jesus goes to heal demon-possessed boy):

“17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.”” (RSV: CE; Matt. 17:17)

This verse has always confused me…is this in reference to the fact that his disciples couldn’t heal the boy because they did not have enough faith (see Matt. 17: 16)? Basically, Jesus is affirming to how long he has to put up with people who do not have faith in God?

It’s probably simple but I’m just not getting it.


#2

It is indeed a reference to 17:16. He is disappointed because he many times has told them that even the littlest faith can accomplish great things.


#3

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