In the previous passage, Jesus granted the request of a Greek woman and drove the demon out of her daughter. We learned from this woman that when we cry out to Jesus in humble faith, he will grant our request. That incident took place in Tyre, a coastal port city on the Mediterranean Sea. It was Gentile territory. As this passage opens, Jesus leaves Tyre, goes north through Sidon, down to the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. First, they came to Jesus. He started in Capernaum and went to Tyre, Sidon and then to the Decapolis, it looks like he made a clockwise circle.
EPHPHATHA – BE OPENED!
Ephphatha!, Be opened!
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. Primarily, we see the amazing change in the attitude of the people of the Decapolis towards Jesus. These people had changed in an amazing way. Read verses read. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man.
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Larry Ort. Proverbs Last Sunday we focused on the question: How does one sing a noble song? As we become doers of the word, our hearts are blessed — we are stirred with a noble song. If we are to sing a noble song, we must have the right set of values. They are firmly rooted; they have the right set of values. In the middle of this activity, the Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem criticize his disciples for their failure to wash their hands before eating. Jesus needed to get away.
Protect your website with Sucuri! Click here for more messages from the Gospel of Mark. Click here to return to the Sermons page. This particular incident is recorded for us only in the Gospel of Mark. As with all portions of Scripture, God had Mark record this incident for a reason, so let us take a look at it carefully. Read and pray. I want you to imagine that you are the deaf man in this passage. You are completely cut off from the world of sound. That would be a difficult adjustment for any of us to make. Deafness can be an isolating experience.