Jesus Does Everything Well

Mark 7:31-37

31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.

33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.

In today’s story we read about Jesus healing a man who cannot hear and who cannot speak.

Some miracles are enacted parables. I think this is one of them. Jesus makes people able to hear things that they could not hear before. (You could say this with reference to any of the senses) and Jesus make people able to communicate truth and life to others in a way that they never could before. This is input and output!

 

So, Jesus enables a new input into our lives.

  1. Jesus Opens Ears
  2. The senses need to function

What is reality? How do we discover what is really real?

The senses act as a metaphor for the ability to experience what   is most real.

People understand reality in different ways.

“Dirt, water and electricity.”

Purpose and meaning are a person relative illusion.

How do we live best?

In a world with many competing voices, we need a solid foundation for life giving values and truth!

Ecclesiastes 12: 11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. 12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.

Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

God is real. God has spoken. God is Creator, Judge and Redeemer!

 

  1. The brain needs to properly interpret

        We have a filter that filters out the majority of all sensory input. We would go crazy if that were not the case. How do we    decide what is important?

 

        Phil 4: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

 

  1. Sin warps senses and brain

The desire for physical pleasure

The desire to gain enough money or possessions to guarantee a   safe and comfortable future.

The desire to gain the approval and praise of people and to compete with others for this.

 

Be just in your actions with others

Be merciful in your actions with others

Trust God in humility to care for your needs.

 

  1. Jesus Changes the Way We Speak
  2. Our words are important

The power of life and death are in the tongue.

Believe what is not true and you give it power in your life.

Proverbs 16: 21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
and gracious words promote instruction.

23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
and their lips promote instruction.

24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

 

  1. Words direct the world

Words and thought are connected. Our words combine with others words and we share what we believe we understand.     People combining their words makes both of them more.

God’s Word expresses what is true.

God uses His Words to create. We can do the same! Just         because we do not have God’s creative ability, does not mean   that we do not have the ability to help bring order to chaos, light     to darkness, form to what lacks purpose and meaning, and         fullness to what is empty.

When we connect our words with God’s Words then we      are unleashing God’s Words to others!

 

My words to myself direct my own inner man!

Psalms 42:5, 11 and 43:5 say the same thing:
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Lamentations 3: 24 I say to myself,

“The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

As you know Jesus and the Bible, the Holy Spirit speaks God’s Word to your soul.

 

  1. Words impact interactions

Forgiveness, humility

Anger, hatred

Cooperation, wisdom

Competition, jealousy, gossip

Are you your words? Do your words express who you are? If they express who you are to others, how about to       yourself?

SPEAK WHAT IS TRUE

Please notice the irony of Jesus telling someone who is      just given the gift of speech to not talk about it.

 

III. Jesus is Overwhelming

37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.

Their minds are captured by the unusual nature of this event to the point of the greatest intensity.

  1. A new perspective on life

New sensory input

New understanding

New life output

New life impact

 

  1. A new personal definition

I am not a deaf person

I am not a mute person

I see God at work in my life

I say what is true about God, myself, my circumstances,                      my past and my future.

 

  1. Hear and speak sweet sounds

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound!

God has done this for me as a gift of life.

I want to share this with others.

I want to use this grace to help others.