Questions Jesus Asked # 71

Mark 9:21 – Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

     “From childhood,” he answered. NIV

Jesus is still dealing with the father of the demon possessed boy. It is not a question that Jesus would usually ask before healing someone. It is an assessment question that might be asked to determine if this is a recent situation or if this activity had been going on for some time. It is unclear if Jesus asked the question for His own benefit or for the benefit of the disciples and by-standers. It did show that this demon possession of the boy had been happening since he was a young child and that the father was desperate for his son to receive healing. Continue reading