O faithless and twisted generation

On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astonished at the majesty of God. Luke 9:37-43

Talk about a quote from Jesus that fits today’s culture and this is a butte. Jesus has just come down from the mountain after the Transfiguration. Three of His disciples have witnessed it as well as Jesus talking to Moses and Elijah and hearing God the Father commend Jesus. What does Jesus walk into? He finds a father and his son who is possessed by a demon. At least nine of Jesus closest disciples have tried and failed to rid the son of the demon. Now these are the same disciples that Jesus had sent out to the villages and towns with the power to heal and power over demons. None of these men could help the son. They had lost faith in their abilities and gifts.

Throughout the New Testament we see Jesus’ frustration with the lack of faith shown by the disciples as well as the Jews in general. Here we have people who have direct personal contact with the Messiah and they constantly fail to recognize this fact. God being frustrated just doesn’t sound right does it. But remember that though Jesus is fully God He is also fully human.

Today we may have the excuse that Jesus no longer walks among us but we also have the completed Word of God as well as many other evidences for who Jesus is. We are without excuse for our unbelief. Which leads us to our generation. Too many people today feel like believing in God is wrong. They think we no longer need a God because people like Richard Dawkins tells them so. Since the 1960’s we have seen society fall deeper and deeper into a free for all where everyone is entitled to their own truths and no one is supposed to hold anyone accountable. We have become an “it’s not my fault” culture and look for someone else to blame.

I believe the root cause is the West’s distancing ourselves from God. We take prayer out of public discourse. We think all morality is situational. We take sin out of the equation. And the sad thing is that this is not happening in just society in general but in our churches. Pastors no longer talk about sin from the pulpit. We fool ourselves into believing that what God calls sin in the Bible no longer applies in our enlighten age. Meanwhile school shootings are a monthly occurrence. Not a day goes by a teacher or other trusted adult is accused of inappropriate relations with a child and the list goes on and on.

The more we try to take God out of our lives the worse off the world becomes. When Jesus talked about a faithless and twisted generation he was talking about first century Palestine but He could have just as well been talking about us.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to O faithless and twisted generation

  1. Jesus was not just frustrated David , He was righteously angry and He had every right to be, those who questioned Him were mocking God. Pentecost had not come yet, the Disciples had Spiritual gifts, but not the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, they still walked in the Carnal flesh as we all do until we put it to death (Romans 8 :12-15-Colossians 3:4-6 -Galatians 5:24 -26)

    As the Scriptures confirm, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was one with The Father He had His seed not man’s, this is why Jesus never sinned and so could be our Sacrificial Lamb and redeem us, yes He was put to the test as, Job,Peter, Paul etc and we are too but He had the empowering of The Spirit to overcome, as we have when Jesus lives His life in us. Jesus had our physical flesh through Eve but not Adam’s seed like we do until we are Born Again of God’s seed and the old has gone and the new has come……….

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    Jesus became fully human on the cross with the weight of our sin, this is why God could not fellowship with Him, good and evil can not co-exist they are not in Unity but how wonderful that now Jesus has set us free from the slavery of sin so we can choose not to sin and by His empowering we do not sin and so we can be in full Unity with God, He tells us He sees sinners from afar but His Redeemed Children are in His arms.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  2. dwwork says:

    I was just talking to my daughter rand son in law this morning about how Jesus got angry at the temple and other times when people just did not get it. Thanks for your wonderful comment. David

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