Mark 7:31-37 NLT
Jesus left Tyre and went up to Sidon before going back to the Sea of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns. A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him. Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly! Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news. They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.”
Reflection . . .
What stands out in this story at least in this moment is the response Jesus gives to the amazement of the crowd! Don’t tell anyone! Was Jesus just playing reverse psychology on them, or did he really not want them to spread the news and joy they experienced? His popularity was growing and so was the opposition from the religious leaders, so perhaps Jesus didn’t want the report of his popularity to add to the negative response of the religous leaders.
At any rate, Jesus heals the deaf and mute man! He opened the ears and loosed the toungue of the man they brought to him. Perhaps a good application of this story for us is to consider, “What or whom do we need bring before the Lord to be touched by his healing hands?”