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Author: Todd Bentley <todd@freshfire.ca> http://www.freshfire.ca
Editor: Teresa Seputis & Elvi Glass

The Deaf & Dumb Spirit

Second Edition

by Todd Bentley

Lesson 7
Jesus and the "Deaf And Dumb" Spirit

Matthew 17:14-15 says, "And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, 'Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic, and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.'"

The word epileptic can be translated as lunatic. It suggests that he had mental illness, insanity, madness, or he was moonstruck. Moonstruck looks like someone who is punch drunk. Have you ever listened to "Rocky" or anybody else who had been punched in the head too many times? They are kind of like "duh". They are dazed and confused. Have you ever met someone that has been in the sun too long? They are slow. That is what I am talking about. I am talking about some sort of condition that makes a person dumb. I am talking about conditions of the brain, whether it is insanity, madness, learning disabilities, or epileptic.

Matthew 17:16 continues, "So, I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him."

The Lord spoke to me about this and said, "That is the same as in Matt 13:58, "and He could do no mighty miracles." It is not that they did not want to cure him, but they could not cure him. It is not that they did not have an impartation of the healing anointing, or that they had not already preached the gospel, healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, raised the dead, and cast out devils. That "they could not cure him" was the same as "and He could do no mighty miracles."

Matthew 17:17 says, "Then Jesus answered and said, 'O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? Bring him here to Me.'" The word faithless means some faith but not enough faith.

Let us look at this same passage of scripture in Mark 9:14-19:

14 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 16 And He asked the scribes, "What are you discussing with them?"

17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher I brought to you my son, who has a mute spirit..."

First he was an epileptic, lunatic, moonstruck, and now he cannot talk. He is mute. He has a spirit that makes him mute. I thought he was an epileptic or lunatic.

18 "... And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So, I spoke to your disciples, that they should cast him out, but they could not."

19 He answered him and said, "O faithless generation!"

(Some faith but not enough faith)

We are talking about the unbelief of a generation. Isn't it interesting that every time we talk about the miracle that needed to take place in this passage, the question is imposed "Why could the disciples not cure him?" The answer is that there was a hindrance. The first thing that Jesus says is, "O unbelieving generation!" There is something that is in a generation, the spiritual climate of a generation.

I know people that have disputed the message of divine healing because of those that they prayed for that did not get healed or died sick. Because of their experience, they say, "I believe God can heal, but does not heal all." I say "How do you know that?" They say, "Because I prayed for a hundred people and only ten got healed; if God wanted to heal all, all would have gotten healed." And I say "Well, I know all kinds of people that died and went to hell; does that mean God sent them there?" No. Should we never preach salvation again because we do not want to get too many peoples' hopes up about getting saved? We do not want to preach too much about what the Bible says about healing because we do not want to get peoples' hopes up about healing. We are careful and want to take an apologetic route and say God can heal and He does heal some. Let's just thank God for the one's that He does heal, but let's not believe and preach that He's going to heal all. Let's not include healing in the covenant. Let's not include healing in the shedding of the blood, death and resurrection of Jesus. Let's not make it a general call for all, when clearly healing is for all.

James 5:14 says, "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."

Jesus told the disciples to heal the sick. What sick? Heal the sick. Whatever town or city you enter, heal the sick there. God never said some of the sick, so why do we? God never made it look like some, He made it look like all. And when He made the promise about healing, He made it for all. We have a "some" gospel because of our experience. What about this experience? The disciples could not heal him, so that proves God does not want to heal everybody? Jesus shows up on the scene and says "No. Just because he did not get healed does not mean that I do not want to do it." That was not why we did not have a miracle. Let's get to the real reason of what hindered the boy's healing.

It is the same in North America and in other westernized cultures. Do not make your doctrine based on the experience of what you walk through. I know that some have been hurt by believing for someone to be healed and they were not. That has nothing to do with God. That preacher may be a man of God, but be careful not to say it was God. He will turn it to good, but I do not believe it was Him. Even in this passage of scripture it looks like the boy did not get healed because God did not want to heal him. They had prayed and healed so many others. The disciples could have sat down and said, "That's it! He did not heal him so I guess God does not want to heal everybody." Then Jesus shows up and says "No, that is not the answer." The answer is "O unbelieving generation". That generation had some faith, but not enough faith.

Mark 9:20-22 records, "And they brought the boy to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling about and foaming at the mouth. And He asked his father, 'How long has this been happening to him?' And he said, 'From childhood. And it has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if you can do anything!'

See the hopelessness and disappointment? The man did not have much faith, confidence or hope. That spirit of this man was speaking through his heart when he said, "If you can do anything." Look at the first thing that Jesus said. It looks a little brutal.

Mark 9:23: "And Jesus said to him, 'if you can!' All things are possible to him who believes.'"

Jesus said, it is not if I can do anything, but if you believe. All things are possible to them who believe. Then, we see the mercy of God.

Mark 9:24: "Immediately the boy's father cried out and began saying, 'I do believe, help my unbelief.'"

That means that the father's unbelief helped keep his boy bound to sickness. We see that the deaf and dumb spirit is connected to unbelief. It is connected to the hindrances of our healing. It is the root of all kinds of sickness and disease. It manifests with dyslexia, ADD, learning disabilities, insanity and all kinds of conditions of the mind; memory, focus, and concentration.

Mark 9:25: "And when Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, 'You deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.'"

Jesus calls the demon a deaf and dumb spirit. I thought it was an epileptic or mute spirit.

After unbelief is revealed, He reveals that the power of the spirit of unbelief is broken because unbelief is repented of and faith is revealed. The spirit of unbelief is what gives strength to a spirit that makes men deaf, dumb and mute. After the unbelief is dealt with, Jesus is able to get to the root; the deaf and dumb spirit. We need not only repent of personal unbelief but also like Daniel, confess the sins of a nation (generational unbelief) and walk in the contrary, the spirit of Faith.


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