Jesus left Tyre and went up to Sidon before going back to the Sea of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns. A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him. Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly! Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news. 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.”
Although I may not be able to relate to being deaf and mute in the natural, I have found that many times in my life spiritually I have been just that. I immediately think of the Scripture which Jesus repeats numerous times in the Word, “He who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.”
Could I be who one of the ones He is speaking to? I sure am. I have found that times my ears have been very dull at hearing what God is wanting me to hear. For whatever reason, my ears have become plugged up. Maybe through a time of disobedience, or a moment of spiritual neglect. Regardless, I know I have been in the place of this deaf man at seasons in my life. I have also experienced moments of being spiritually mute. It has been a place where because my hearing was dulled, my voice became silent on the things that matter. They go hand in hand.
Yet, you see that when Jesus touches this man, mouths are loosed and not only the mute man’s mouth. Even that of his friends and the crowd. Why? Because they knew they had something to share. They had met a man who changed everything.
How many times have I failed to see the man who changed everything in my life, because I allowed things to block up my hearing and and silence my voice?
My hearing and speaking of what God has done is connected to others seeing and telling as well. My hearing and speaking is part of the miraculous. I have never considered this quite to this degree before. My ability to hear comes from me coming to him and him unstopping my ears. Then I hear what he is saying and speak like the disciples of what I have seen and heard.
How can I apply this? Well, these 40 days can be a step in that direction. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. I want to keep my heart in a place where these ears hear what He is saying, and this mouth testifies of him releasing it.