Ephphatha! Be opened!
Key Verse: 7:34
“He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, ‘Ephphatha!’ (which means, ‘Be opened!’).”
Jesus had just helped a woman’s daughter be cured of a demon. The woman had been a Gentile woman and undeserving of God’s mercy. But she had faith and came to Jesus with such humility of heart such that Jesus praised her. After that, Jesus decided to go to a most peculiar place— a region called the Decapolis— another Gentile area. There, he heals a deaf and dumb man. Generally this story seems no different from any other healing Jesus had been doing all along. So what’s so different in this story which compelled Mark to record it here and now? That’s the beauty of … Read the rest