March 14, 2010
By the time of the first century, the Jewish people had been anticipating the arrival of God’s kingdom for a long time. Christ’s healing of the deaf and mute man, as Alistair Begg explains, was an illustration that the longed-for reign of God had come in Jesus, just as the prophets had foretold. As with this man, God miraculously intervenes in our lives still today, saving us from our sinful condition and unstopping our ears so we can hear His voice.
31Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36And Jesus8 charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
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