[...] Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went
by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the
Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment
in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He
took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers
into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue.
Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to
him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."
And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue
was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to
tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously
they proclaimed it.
They were astounded beyond measure, saying, "He
has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the
mute to speak."
This healing really wasn't for dramatic effect, since
Jesus took the man "aside in private." It is
possible that the deliberate moves were really more for the benefit
of the man being healed. Since this man could not hear, Jesus
uses touch and gestures to communicate the healing. A loving God meets
us where we are and treats us with undeserved respect and dignity.
Now that's something to go tell everybody about!
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