Theme: He Has Done All things Well
Mark 7:31-37 "31Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. 32There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. 33After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue. 34He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, "Ephphatha!" (which means "Be opened!"). 35At this, the man's ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. 36Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37People were overwhelmed with amazement. "He has done everything well," they said. "He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.""
The part opens with Jesus leaving the Gentile metropolitan regions of Tire and Sidon went to Galilee. Nevertheless, Jesus and His men don't go straight back to Jewish country. v 31 uncovers to us that they went to "Decapolis". On the off chance that you would check the route that Jesus and His men took, you would see that it was a long route/way around. Researchers show us that an excursion of this nature may have required as long as eight months by strolling or walking. On the off chance that this outing took that long, it would have tended to about 20% of the King's finished service! That is eight months of the King's administration of which we have no record. We can simply envision and estimate what was happening here. I would imagine that He was instructing, preparing constantly them for the coming days and service ahead.
It is moreover fascinating that Jesus goes to Decapolis. If you will review, people of that region had mentioned that Jesus leave their country, Mark 5:17. Jesus had recuperated and conveyed the Gaderene Demoniac named Army and cast the evil presences into a horde of pig and the pigs were completely suffocated into the ocean. Individuals of Decapolis had dismissed Jesus and driven Him out however yet still Jesus visited them indeed. Goodness what a way of adoration is this
At the point when He returns and they happily welcome Him. Why the change? What had occurred? The fitting reaction can be found in Mark 5:19-20. That conveyed demoniac (Army) got back and told everyone he met how Jesus had encouraged him and individuals were energized for Jesus to get back to town, and when He did, they acknowledged Him. What an exercise for the individuals who know the Ruler. We ought to be occupied with amplifying Him! It excites my heart that Jesus returned! They rejected Him and He would have been justified had He never returned. But, Jesus came back and gave them a second chance! Aren’t you grateful that He didn’t write you off the first time you rejected Him? I praise His name that He keeps on loving; He keeps wooing; He keeps drawing; He keeps calling; until He gets what He’s after! Praise His name!
In this passage, Jesus comes to Decapolis and the people bring a deaf man to Jesus for healing. Jesus heals this poor man and the crowds marveled. They saw His power and they were amazed. They said, “He hath done all things well.” I want you to see that He still has the power to amaze those who come to Him. Let’s learn the lessons contained in this miracle here as we study together.
This man, even though he was handicapped, had people around him that cared about him. They heard that Jesus was passing by and they brought their deaf friend to Jesus. They just believed that the man Who had cast a legion of demons out of the demoniac could heal this poor handicapped man! I also want you to know that, there was something in the heart of Jesus that draws Him to the handicapped and people that are marginalized. It is His compassion. He loves people who were often cast aside by others. Also please note the marginalized also seem to draw near to Jesus because he loves them just like they are. They are looking for love that they don’t get from the people. He renews their mind and gives unconditional acceptance. Not only does he do that, he also takes care of their lives. In life don’t scorn people because you never know where they will be tomorrow. That’s why Jesus tells us to love as a church.
When people brought this man to Jesus, He “took him aside”. The crowd expected Jesus to just touch him right there and heal him. But, Jesus is a gentleman! He does not embarrass the man more than he already is. This man is deaf! He probably has no idea what is going on. Have you seen that often people will grow impatient with a deaf person because they are having trouble understanding something. Sometimes people treat the deaf like they are less intelligent than others just because they cannot hear. Often, the deaf are embarrassed by their condition and they withdraw into themselves rather than face a harsh staring public, but Jesus is clever. He didn’t want the man to become a public attraction.
Since the man was deaf He couldn’t hear what Jesus was saying, so Jesus used a bit sign language to raise and encourage the deaf man’s faith by touching his ears and tongue. The sigh was the inward groan showing our Lord’s compassionate response to pain and sin. Rom 8:23 and 8:26. The man did not hear Jesus speak but creation had the command of the creator and the man was healed.
Lesson learnt: Sometimes when we are preaching to people that haven’t received Jesus let’s take them aside to remove any misunderstanding you because they might misunderstand us. Be very patience and loving. Don’t preach and try to shame people Jesus is loving. His love is irresistible. Show love! Jesus is showing this person that you are important to me! I care about you! Jesus doesn’t treat people like they are mere numbers. He shows love. Jesus healed people in different ways but with respect. He touched the leper, spit on the blind, spoke from a distance in some situations.
He may have saved you and me by a similar blood and a similar Gospel, yet I promise you that He utilized various strategies in every one of our lives. You can't place Him in a container! He doesn't generally work a similar way! I need you to realize that You are uncommon to Him and He will work in your life in an alternate way with a typical outcome since you are exceptional. Jesus wasn't hesitant to contact the debased. He realized that disorder and passing needed to respect His heavenliness and force. Jesus will contact us even now, where we were!
After touching him, Jesus looks toward Heaven. This act served two purposes. First, it told the deaf man where the healing was coming from. Jesus was looking to His Father and He was telling this man, via sign language, that his healing was coming from above. This act of looking toward Heaven also demonstrated the Son’s dependence upon the Father. Jesus often looked to Heaven for the help He needed. He did this at the tomb of Lazarus, John 11:41. Jesus lived a life of close communion and the Father used Him!
If you and I would be as effective as we could be, we must also live our lives in close communion with the Father. We will be more effective in our outreach and we will be more effective in our ministry to others if we live in close communion with the Lord. If you want to be used of the Lord, stay close and stay clean! Spend time with Him and spend time in His Word. He blesses those who make Him a priority!
You know, In the wake of looking toward Paradise, Jesus “sighed”. This word signifies "to moan or to groan". The hard of hearing man couldn't hear the sigh, yet he could see Jesus when He did it and it talked volume to him. The moan said "I care about you and what you are experiencing!" I acclaim the Master that we have a Deliverer Who cares! He is "a man of distresses, and familiar with pain", Isa. 53:3. He is "contacted with the sensation of our ailments", Heb. 4:15. He thinks often about you and what you are looking in your life, 1 Pet. 5:7; Matt. 11:28. Despite what you are confronting today, you will discover help and expectation in Him! Regardless of what you are facing today, you will find help and hope in Him!
The nearer we live to the core of God the more we can feel the grief of our kindred man! The mystery of sympathy is an existence of close fellowship with the glorious Father! The nearer our fellowship with Him the more powerful our service to our general surroundings! I implore the Master will assist us with building up a heart of sympathy that wants to mitigate the necessities it sees. That is His will for us, Phil. 2:4; Rom. 12:15; James 2:8. Phil 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Jesus said, "Ephphatha", and man's ears were healed, and his tongue was loosed. "Ephphatha implies be opened, be delivered" He could hear! He could talk! Goodness, what a Powerful God we save! One order from Jesus and his life changed for eternity! That is the force of the Expression of God! I have seen numerous wonders in my day to day existence through word! This is the thing that our Guardian angel can do when He moves in force! He can do that for you today! These individuals were "incomprehensible dumbfounded" and they summarized what they felt about Jesus by saying, "He hath done everything great!" They took a gander at all they thought about Jesus and they thought about His wonders and His service, and they said, "He hath done everything admirably!"
I can echo the words of that multitude in my own heart today. He hath done all things well! I can look back at the past and tell you that He has never failed me! Even when I was a sinner, He was patiently leading me along to that moment in time when He would save my soul. Praise His name! Since that day, He has been better to me than I deserve. He has blessed me, used me and let me see His power time and time again! He hath done all things well! I look back over the days of my life and I lift my voice in praise to the Lord and I say the same, you always doing all things well my Father.
As I remain here and plan ahead, it gives me certainty to realize that He will keep on doing all things will. We may not see all the exciting bends in the road of the street of life. We may ask why some of horrible occasions in life happen. We may ask why individuals need to become ill and others need to pass on. We do ponder about large numbers of those things. We may have numerous inquiries and less answers today, however I need to reveal to you that when you leave this world either by death or the euphoria and you remain in His essence in Paradise, you will think back over the course of the times of your life and you will say, “He hath done all things well!”
At the point when you remain before Him in wonder, your voice will join the theme of the multitude of holy people of the ages and together will applaud Him for His kindness, effortlessness and goodness and we will yell and say the equivalent, He hath everything admirably. We will adulate Him for His patient, adoring, sovereign work in our lives
The man in this content met Jesus that day and his life was never the equivalent again. I implore God to change your life today. In the event that you will come to Jesus today, you will find that He does everything great. In the event that there is any individual that is tuning in to me now and you have never gotten Jesus as your Master and individual Guardian angel, I need to welcome you to come to Jesus and see with your own eyes. He can save your spirit from wrongdoing and from Hellfire. He can completely change you. He can mend you. He can give you endless life. “He hath done all things well!”
Whatever your otherworldly condition, regardless of whether you are saved or lost, Jesus can help you today! He can convey you from enslavement and desire. He does everything admirably. He can excuse your transgressions and assist you with carrying on with a faithful life. He does everything great. He can lift your weight and give you harmony in your heart. He does everything admirably.