Jesus Heals the Deaf and Mute Man: Matthew 7:32-37
“32) They *brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they *implored Him to lay His hand on him. 33) Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva; 34) and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He *said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!” 35) And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly. 36) And He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it. 37) They were utterly astonished, saying, “He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”” Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭32‬-‭37‬
We now have the story of Jesus healing a deaf and mute man. Of course, he also had a speaking impediment that commonly accompanied hearing problems.
A few unique things stand out about this healing. First, Jesus took him aside by himself. The reason for this is not stated, but it may have been the amount of unbelief among the people. Prayer for healing has to be done in faith. (See James 5:15)
Second, Jesus put his finger in his ears and touched his tongue with saliva. He directed His touch specifically to the two areas of impairment. This was very specific treatment. Jesus used a variety of approaches when treating infirmities.
Third, Jesus looked up to heaven with a deep sigh. It appears that He was moved by the man’s condition. He had sympathy, empathy and compassion for him. The man undoubtedly was the victim of social scorn and bullying from his infirmity. He carried inner emotional wounds.
Finally, Jesus spoke the word “Ephphatha” over him. It is a command meaning: “Be opened.” Sure enough, the man was completely healed. I believe he was healed from all three problems. He had two physical infirmities plus most likely had deep emotional scaring that affected his identity. People are cruel to those with hearing and subsequent speech impairments.
This miracle astonished the people. His hearing was healed and immediately his speech became clear. Jesus bypassed the need for speech therapy. This man had years of communicating to catch up on. I wonder what he had to say? Everyone was talking about Jesus and this miracle.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

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