Thursday 9 November, 2017
31 Then Jesus left the area of Tyre and went through Sidon. He went down to the Sea of Galilee and into the area known as the Ten Cities. 32 There some people brought a man to Jesus. The man was deaf and could hardly speak. They begged Jesus to place his hand on the man. 33 Jesus took the man to one side, away from the crowd. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 Jesus looked up to heaven. With a deep sigh, he said to the man, “Ephphatha!” That means “Be opened!” 35 The man’s ears were opened. His tongue was freed up, and he began to speak clearly. 36 Jesus ordered the people not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were really amazed. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes deaf people able to hear. And he makes those who can’t speak able to talk.”
Jesus took the man who was deaf and could hardly speak aside, and simply healed him. Then he (Jesus) told the man and his friends, not to tell anyone. What? I think people might notice that there has been a change…
And asked them not to tell others… really he can now hear and speak… healed to hear and to speak …what else would he want to do with his new found voice then talk about this miracle that has completely transformed him…and to hear what others are saying about the man who has done so for him…what else has he done? Who is he? What will he do next? Jesus, is by far the most amazing thing happening to talk about… He has done all things well… He has even made the deaf hear and mute speak.
The irony of this story makes me reflect on the miracle of what Jesus has done for me, he has done all things well, I too should not be able to suppress my enthusiasm for him.
Jesus, you are the best thing that has ever happened to me! You have done all things well. Please help me to know this afresh today. May I not be able to stop thinking and talking about you. Amen
Written by Zoe Stewart
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