Mark 7:32-35 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
I love the stories about the healing miracles of Jesus. He healed hurting people and restored them to life. The man in this story had probably never heard or spoken. To the Lord, he was still that little deaf boy. This is a perfect picture of our lives when we are away from the Lord. We can’t hear His voice and we are so bound up we can’t express ourselves. When He opens our ears our lives are filled with His sweetness and our tongues are loosed to sing His praises. Here are Matthew Henry’s words about this wonderful miracle.
“His case was sad. There were those that brought to him one that was deaf; some think, born deaf, and then he must be dumb of course… He was mogilalos (tongue tied); some think that he was quite dumb; others, that he could not speak but with great difficulty to himself, and so as scarcely to be understood by those that heard him. He was tongue-tied, so that he was perfectly unfit for conversation, and deprived both of the pleasure and of the profit of it; he had not the satisfaction either of hearing other people talk, or of telling his own mind. Let us take occasion from hence to give thanks to God for preserving to us the sense of hearing, especially that we may be capable of hearing the word of God; and the faculty of speech, especially that we may be capable of speaking God’s praises; and let us look with compassion upon those that are deaf or dumb, and treat them with great tenderness. They that brought this poor man to Christ..”
They brought this poor man to Christ. Have you come to Christ? You may say “I prayed the prayer”. This is more than a formula or words we recite, this is coming to the most magnificent of all beings. Let me ask again, have you come to Christ? If you have, surely your ears are open and your tongue is singing His praise.