The disciples could not cast out the evil spirit (Lk 9:40-9:40)

“‘I begged

Your disciples

To cast it out,

But they could not.’”


καὶ ἐδεήθην τῶν μαθητῶν σου ἵνα ἐκβάλωσιν αὐτό, καὶ οὐκ ἠδυνήθησαν.


Luke said that this man had begged (καὶ ἐδεήθην) the disciples of Jesus (τῶν μαθητῶν σου) to cast out the evil spirit (ἵνα ἐκβάλωσιν αὐτό), but they could not (καὶ οὐκ ἠδυνήθησαν).  This story about the disciples of Jesus unable to cure the incurable epileptic son can be found in all 3 synoptic gospels, Matthew, chapter 17:16, Mark, chapter 9:18, and here in LukeMark, like the other gospel writers, indicated that this man had asked Jesus’s disciples to cast out this spirit from his son, but they did not have the ability to do so.  Matthew also said that the disciples of Jesus were not able to cure him, just like Luke and Mark.  Why were the disciples of Jesus unable to cure this man’s son?  Have you ever been unable to do something?