Speculation as to why this was done is fruitless. Read Mark 9:1 commentary using Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. See under preceding verses and also further comment on this episode in my Commentary on Matthew, Matthew 17:1ff. Such a desire, even if it were possible of fulfillment, should not prevail. A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. If thou canst do anything ... By such a remark, the father of the afflicted boy would have made the burden of responsibility for his son's healing to rest upon the Lord; but he was not correct in such an insinuation, as Jesus' following words quickly showed. In this passage, Jesus also heals a demon-possessed boy. Mount Tabor, the traditional site, was not high, being only about 1,500 feet in elevation. But I say unto you that Elijah is come, and they have also done unto him whatsoever they would, even as it is written of him. There are many in all generations who would like to shift the burden of all betterment to some other than themselves, but they too are wrong.  Cranfield is wrong, for Luke records that "they feared as they entered into the cloud" (Luke 9:34). I brought unto thee my son, who hath a dumb spirit; and wheresoever it taketh him, it dasheth him down: and he foameth, and grindeth his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast it out; and they were not able. James was the first to seal his testimony with his blood; Peter preached the first sermon; and John remained on earth the longest and delivered the final prophecy. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/mark-9.html. John the Baptist, or some great one, as in Mark 8:28); and, if all of the Twelve had been given this overwhelming proof at that time, they might have blazed it abroad with such rashness as to upset the divine schedule. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? However this was not a problem that the Lord confronted only once. bring him to me. Here also is seen the necessity for it. The word Gehenna (which is translated as "hell" or "hell-fire") refers to the Valley of Hinnon near Jerusalem, a place where the city's garbage was burned, and a valley tarnished by many unsavory memories for the Jews. The Bible Christianity Origins The New Testament The Old Testament Practical Tools for Christians Christian Life For Teens Christian Prayers Mount Hermon is a snow-capped peak 9,200 in altitude.  Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Sermons (New York: Funk and Wagnalls Company, Vol. Even the greatest miracles performed by Jesus were done so in answer to prayer (John 9:31; John 11:41); and, although the mention of the Saviour's prayers in connection with his mighty deeds was not always included by the sacred writers, the assumption must ever be that all of them included the Saviour's asking of God in prayer the accomplishment of the wonders recorded. These verses show the Lord's great need for privacy and the opportunity to instruct his apostles regarding the forthcoming Passion. Salt is good: but if the salt has lost its saltness, wherewith will ye season it? At Mark 8:34 Jesus “called the crowd to him with his disciples". The independence of the gospel narratives is further emphasized by the reversal of the names Elijah and Moses, and by Mark's mention of the conversation without naming the subject matter, and Luke's giving the content of it. For he taught his disciples and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered up into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he shall rise again. Dorris stated that argument as follows: In order to deny the thesis so logically advocated by Dorris, one must hold the Lord of Life to have been in error in his alleged meaning in Mark 9:1. Persons guilty of such a breach of the will of God would be better off drowned in the sea. And suddenly looking round about, they saw no one any more, save Jesus only with themselves. And when Jesus saw that a multitude came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I command thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.