The Word Of The Lord
Sunday September 8th, 2013
GOSPEL: Mark 7:31-37-14 NIV
Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.
After 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. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!”(*) At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.
Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
(*) “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”)
What Does Mark Mean?
Think about something. More than half of the first seven chapters of Mark, including this one, end with Christ healing. It seems that Mark assigned a particular importance to this gift by Jesus. And the healings include many types of infirmity, including physical (lameness or blindness), mental (casting out unclean spirits) as well as spiritual healing (of doubt and anguish). But there is another thing to note. Throughout Mark, he relates that Christ always admonished the one healed not to reveal how the cure took place. And yet, as human beings, the first thing we do when we are overjoyed, is to spread the news of our joy, which is exactly what each of these people did. And it was this testimony that served to spread the name of Jesus and who He was, throughout the lands!
Isaiah 35:3-7 NIV
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs……
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