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Mark 7:31-37 (New International Version)
The Healing of a Deaf and Mute Man31Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. 32There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man.
33After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue. 34He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, "Ephphatha!" (which means, "Be opened!" ). 35At this, the man's ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.
36Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37People were overwhelmed with amazement. "He has done everything well," they said. "He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."
- Who was the person in need? The deaf mute.
- What was the immediate, obvious need? To bring a healing to the deaf mute.
- Who took the initiative in effecting the healing? Jesus Christ, Himself.
- How and by whom was faith involved in this healing? The people who brought the afflicted to Christ.
- What were the reactions to the healing? The witnesses told of Christ's miraculous healing far and wide.
- What led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need? The begging of the people who brought the deaf-mute to Him. The people sought His healing...Amen.