The Deaf Hear; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy!

With more people coming into the area, our rest ended. Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. It took us about a day’s travel.

“I wonder if we’ll see the two former demoniacs?” Bartholomew asked.
“Someone’s coming,” Matthew pointed.

A group brought to Jesus a man who was deaf and could hardly talk. “Please heal him. We have heard about what you did the last time you were here.”

Jesus took him aside, away from the crowd and us. I watched as Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!

Which means “Be opened!”

“I can hear!” The man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak plainly.

Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. As we traveled, we kept hearing about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Mark 7:31-37

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