Mark Day 21
And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” Mark 7:34
Once again, the faith of a crowd brings the need of a man to the feet of Jesus. There is a passion and compassion of faith that causes us to bring people to Jesus. Love moves the heart and hands of God, but faith releases the power and glory of God on the earth. Jesus works with our belief. Even when Jesus heals this man, He speaks to him through sign language so that man can believe too. Jesus spits on the ground and touches the man’s tongue and ears. The man knows what Jesus is working on, now he can believe with Jesus and the crowd. Jesus commands the man’s ears to be open completely and they are opened. There is a healing and lesson here. We cannot speak if we cannot hear. The Bible says the man’s ears were opened and his tongue was loosed, and he could speak plainly. It’s difficult to speak when we can’t hear. The hope, help, and healing of God works through hearing God. Faith comes by hearing… Jesus was specific in healing people. He didn’t speak to a general need but to a specific need. The crowd had a specific request, heal our friend of deaf and mute situation. That’s a good prayer for all of us. Lord, heal our ears that we might speak of your glory. We get faith by hearing but we see faith by speaking through our mouths and our lives. Let your faith motivate your love and your language.