Daily D – Mark 7:37
They were extremely astonished and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
MARK 7:37 (CSB)
“People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (NIV)
They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.” (NLT)
“Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then the lame will leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy, . ..
(Isaiah 35:5, 6)
Jesus was on his way back to his home turf from the pagan lands where the woman sought healing for her daughter. A deaf and mostly mute man was brought to him. They begged Jesus to heal him (verse 32).
Jesus took the man away from the crowd. He put his fingers in his ears. He touched his tongue. He sighed in the direction of heaven a prayer. He spoke not with a magical incantation, but with a command: “Be opened,” (verses 33 and 34).
Mark then employs one of his favorite words, immediately (verse 35). Immediately his ears were open. He could hear. Immediately his tongue was loosened. He could speak. Jesus “ordered them to tell no one, but the more he ordered them, the more they proclaimed it,” (verse 36).
Some news is too wonderful to keep to yourself.
Funny, isn’t it? Jesus can make storms be still and quiet, but not people who experience him for who he is? He could silence demons, but not those whose tongues were well acquainted with silence. He could command illnesses be gone, but ears once deafened and now opened could not receive the command not to tell everyone about what he had done.
Notice how Jesus worked this miracle. He and the deaf and mute man were alone. This was not done for fun and profit like some of those guys on television. This was nothing spectacular calling attention to Jesus. The focus was on the person with the problem.
People were overwhelmed with amazement. They could not stop talking about what he did. They bottom-lined the miracle with these words: “He has done everything well.”
Jesus gives us something to talk about because he does all things well. How could we keep silent?
Everything he does is wonderful. How could we keep it to ourselves?
Somebody needs to know what Jesus has done for you. Who will you tell today?
I will tell what Jesus has done for me.
Our Father, you do all things well. How could we keep silent? Thank you for good news too good to keep to ourselves. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.