Eyewitness: p. 111
Eyewitness Stories: Matthew 15: 29-31; Mark 7: 31-37
New Living Translation: Matthew 15: 29-31; Mark 7: 31-37
In Your Bible: Matthew 15:29-31; Mark 7:31-37
Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and Sidon and entered the coast area of Decapolis. There he walked to the mountainside and as he sat down a large crowd gathered around him. Everyone was amazed as Jesus performed many healings. Indeed, his works are spectacular.
People brought to the feet of Jesus the crippled, blind, mute, disabled, and those with many other afflictions. Really to numerous to count! Jesus healed all of them. Yes, [loudly] they praised the God of Israel.
Healing a Deaf Man
A deaf man with a speech impediment begged Jesus to heal him. He was brought to a private place away from the crowd. Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears, then spat and touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he said, in a deep groan, “Ephphatha!” or “Be opened!” (Mark 7:31-34 Eyewitness).
Yes, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue set free, and he spoke clearly. Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news (Mark 7:36 New Living Translation). Again amazed at healing of this man, the crowd praised God, saying, “All his works are spectacular!” (Mark 7:37a Eyewitness).
Prayer: Father, thank you for meeting all my needs. I must admit that often I hardly notice. But WOW, sometimes you do things for me in spectacular ways. Selah.
Questions: Why do you think Jesus specifically healed some in need apart from the pressing crowd? Notice, the Eyewitness uses the word ‘spectacular’ but other versions verses use the bland ‘has done all things well’. How does spectacular impact you in reading this verse?