As we see Jesus do yet another type of healing miracle today, we remain ever in awe of the love and power of our Savior. Jesus’ healing of a deaf and mute man reminds us that there are no parts of our fearfully and wonderfully made bodies that are beyond the authority and care of our Lord.
The Text (Mark 7:31-37)
31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. 32 Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. 33 And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. 34 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”
35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. 36 Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
After heading southeast of Galilee into another Gentile region, Jesus does a new type of miraculous healing. So far in His ministry, He has made the lame to walk, the sick to be well, and even the dead to live again. But now Jesus makes a deaf and mute man able to hear and speak clearly. By touching the man’s ears and tongue, Jesus was using a type of sign language to help the man know what He was doing. Jesus could heal people with just the sound of His voice. But here and in other situations, His touch showed personal compassion and concern. Jesus wanted the man to know that He saw and loved him. Jesus then warns the healed man to stay quiet about the miracle, probably to keep large crowds from restricting His ability to keep traveling and ministering freely in the area.
God has full power and authority over every part of our bodies and health. This miracle shows us again that Jesus could and still can heal anyone of anything. In His mysterious providence, God does not always will to heal someone, but He still calls on us to pray for His healing work, believing that He can do all things. Whatever physical or health-related struggles you and your loved ones are facing, texts like this urge us to keep calling out to Jesus, our Great Physician. Our lives our in His hands, and He cares for us.
Of the four gospel writers, only Mark records this specific healing. Perhaps the event made a particularly strong impression on Simon Peter, the apostle whose eyewitness memories Mark used as he wrote this gospel from Rome. That Jesus could open the ears of the deaf and loose the tongues of the mute must have truly impressed the plain fisherman from Galilee. Peter surely remembered how he himself had been made into a great preacher by the power of Christ in his life. God still makes ordinary people into great witnesses for Him when they submit to His will in their lives. You may not feel like an excellent speaker, but God can give you the words to say on His behalf from His Word, the Bible, and His Holy Spirit in you. Praying that God would open our ears and mouths for Him today.