Mark 7: 32 And they brought to Him one who was deaf and who spoke with difficulty, and they entreated Him to lay His hand on him. 33 And He took him aside from the crowd privately and put His fingers into his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, He groaned and said to him, Ephphatha! that is, Be opened! 35 And immediately his ears were opened, and the bond on his tongue was released and he spoke clearly.
[Part 1 of 2] This deaf and dumb person signifies one who is spiritually deaf and dumb, one who is unable to hear the voice of God and praise Him (Isa. 35:6) and speak for Him. His dumbness was due to his deafness. The Slave-Savior's healing salvation is fully able to heal such a one's deafness and dumbness by dealing with his ears first and then touching his tongue. The Slave-Savior's thrusting His fingers into the deaf one's ears signifies His dealing with his hearing organ (Isa. 50:4- 5), and His touching of his tongue with His spittle signifies His anointing the dumb one's speaking organ with the word that proceeds out of His mouth. This was a healing. The deaf and dumb man in 7:31-37 portrays our condition today. Verse 32 tells us that this one spoke with difficulty. [Is this not your situation as a believer to speak the Lord to others or in a fellowship meeting?] I believe many among us will admit that they have difficulty speaking in a [fellowship] meeting. Therefore, the case of the deaf and dumb man in chapter seven depicts the need of us all. [Continued tomorrow] (c) Living Stream Ministry.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 206. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: email@example.com.
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