This miracle is mentioned in the book of Mark. The message in it is clear. They were beyond measure astonished.
When Jesus is present, people, are astonished, they marvel at His speech, His boldness, by the mighty miracles that occur.
Jesus again, is moving, from place to place, the news of His power and grace, going before of Him.
They brought Him a deaf and dumb man, (one who could not speak).
They beseeched, begged, and pleaded that Jesus would heal this man.
Do we care enough, or believe enough to bring people to Jesus. By prayer, the laying on of hands, or by anointing with oil.
We don’t need to bring them to church, Christ in you, is the hope of glory. Our presence, should be bringing Christ to them.
We need to act on our faith.
Jesus took him aside. Sometimes we need to get away from the unbelieving, believers. We see this often, the need to find a quiet place, a place we can beseech Jesus to act.
It isn’t pretty, but the effectual fervent prayers of righteous men, availeth much.
I have no idea why He spit, but I do know the laying on of hands, the personal touch, works.
The sigh, the Aramaic word Ephphatha, which means be opened. Dramatics? I don’t think so.
He was dismayed, why?
Did He sense this was a test, that they did not really believe, how would they react, would they rejoice or try to kill Him?
Immediately the man, could hear and speak, there was no long recovery period. When Jesus, saves, heals, or comforts, it happens now, straightway, immediately.
We talk of the Church being a hospital, a place where we recover from sickness, or sin… This should not be.
Jesus, was a Fix-it Shop-Filling Station God. Immediately He heals, when we ask, straightway we are filled with His Holy Spirit.
If Jesus is present in our lives, people should be astonished. The Power, the Love, Peace, and Joy of the Lord, is our strength.
People should see, consider, understand and believe, that the Lord is our God. Amen
“And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.
And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.
And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;
And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.
And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.
And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;
And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.”