The human heart is amazing. The heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood day. There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. The average heart beats about 100,000 times per day. The Bible says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
The very heart of the Chrisitan life is to love others. Jesus demonstrated love. Jesus even demonstrated love to a disabled man. Mark 7:32 says, “They brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they implored Him to lay His hand on him.” This man was unable to hear. His lack of hearing caused him to speak with difficulty.
Disabled people had zero rights in the first century. Undoubtedly many viewed him as dumb or slow. He was unable to hear. He was unable to ask questions. There was no sign language in ancient times. He was cut off and isolated- unable to learn. But God reached out and healed him!
In Mark 7:33-34 six verbs describe the love of Christ for this man. First, “Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself…” (verse 33) Jesus was busy. A parallel passage, Matthew 15:30 says, “And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them.” Jesus loved the masses but He also cared for this man. Jesus had time for this man.
Second, Jesus “put His fingers into his ears…” (verse 33) The word put is a strong word. It means “to thrust.” Jesus put or thrust His fingers into the man’s ears.
Third, Jesus spat on His hands. Verse 33 says, “…and after spitting…”. Jesus spit on His hands.
Fourth, Jesus touched the man’s tongue with His saliva (verse 33).
Fifth, “…and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh…” (verse 34). Jesus groaned. The man could see the sighing of Jesus.
Sixth, Jesus said to him, “Be opened!” (verse 34) Jesus was in a Gentile area. Jesus spoke in Aramaic. Jesus loves Jews and Gentiles.
These are strange actions! What was Jesus doing? Our Lord Jesus was communicating with this man with simple sign language. Jesus took him aside. He had time for this person. Jesus put His fingers into the man’s ears. Jesus basically said, “I understand your problem. You are deaf.” Jesus spit on His hands and touched the man’s tongue. Jesus planned to also heal the man’s speech. Jesus sighed deeply. He cares. He prayed. Jesus looked up to heaven. Healing and help come from above. Jesus spoke and the man was healed!
The crowds were amazed. Verse 37 says, “They were utterly astonished, saying, ‘He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.’”
What are the implications? First, Jesus is God. He is a supernatural Person. One person said, “Jesus is not a Person we could invent neither is Jesus a Person we would invent if we could.” He is the God-Man! He is God and became like us yet without sin.
Second, Jesus cares even for you and me. He lived a perfect life. He died a perfect death. This is another example of the righteousness of Jesus. Through faith and repentance His righteousness can be credited to your life today. Let’s follow our Lord Jesus today and every day!
Ethan Hansen is a pastor at Faith Bible Fellowship in Big Lake.