(Note: Questions at the bottom do not always fit every gospel passage.)
Matthew 9:32-34 (New International Version)
The Mute Man
32While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel."
34But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."
- Who was the person in need? The mute man.
- What was the immediate, obvious need? The man being mute.
- Who took the initiative in effecting the healing? Jesus alone.
- How and by whom was faith involved in this healing? Faith wasn't demonstrated in this healing.
- What were the reactions to the healing? The people witnessing this were amazed.
- What led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need? Deep question. One can only guess to Christ's purpose. Perhaps to demonstrate the power of God, in Him, for all to be in wonder of and desirous of learning more. The statements of the Pharisees is the fodder for much of the other Gospel accounts of Jesus' dealings with them. In retrospect, perhaps the healing was for the benefit of the Pharisees.