Today in Mark 7: 31-37, we see Jesus perform another miracle:
Jesus Cures a Deaf Man
31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into 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 And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
I’m always fascinated with the way that Jesus chooses to heal people. There are some instances where Jesus doesn’t even show up on the scene, He simply says that someone would be healed and they are healed. There are other times when He speaks a word and healing occurs. And then there are times like today when He uses some object as an instrument of healing.
Today, He does that. And look what it is? Spit.
Why? That’s a great question. I’ve done some reading about that, and there’s not really a great answer. There at two that I like through.
One is this. It was a common thought in the culture that saliva had healing properties. So, in doing using this, He was doing and visible, recognized act that all would understand. This was not “magic” or superstition, this was Jesus Christ, using the power at His disposal to bring healing.
Another is that the tradition of the elders (and we’ve already seen how Jesus is pointing to truth there) said that spitting was an insult. So, perhaps just was “insulting” the disease the man had. Showing this disease that it was not all-powerful, that it was weak, that He was in control, not it. Or perhaps in doing this He was showing that not all the teachings of the religious leaders were true.
He was truth, not the teachings of the religious leaders.
But in the end, the fact that we don’t know and it’s a mystery, that’s ok. That’s good. That’s the way that it’s supposed to be. Some things (many things) should be a mystery. Afterall, we aren’t God. We aren’t all knowing. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.
You don’t have to know everything. I don’t have to know everything. It’s ok. God knows everything.
Trust in that. He knows what He is doing, and it is good. Trust, even when you don’t understand.
Tomorrow we’ll look at Mark 8:1-10.
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