Mark 7: 31- 37: Going Private.

“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 spat 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 loosed 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.’” NIV UK

Jesus wants personal time with us. Our condition is such that we are so damaged by sin (32) that we need to ‘go private.’ Jesus performs many of His most effective surgical procedures in the privacy of His ‘theatre’, and not while you are still on the ‘ward’ (or in the hospital cafeteria for that matter!) Don’t you feel the need to ‘go private’? I know I do. I’ve got stuff in me that could spread and do a lot of damage if I don’t regularly book in for the ‘private treatment’ Jesus offers. He is the great Physician. Why, He doesn’t even charge!! He gets great reviews (37). Beyond doubt, He comes highly recommended.

Sometimes, when we pray, we think we know how Jesus should work, and we tell Him (32). Perhaps we can say too much, but the Lord understands our ignorance and frailty, and He is merciful. He didn’t exactly answer their prayer in the way they suggested (33b-35), but He did answer their prayer. Jesus responds to the heart of the prayer, even if not all the words we use are bang on.

Hebrews 11:3 says: ‘’By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.’’ (See also Psalm 33:6 and 9). Whenever we see Jesus giving a command, and then the thing commanded happens, we are being a big clue as to His identity.

He is Lord. Don’t be afraid to place yourself into the Hands of this Surgeon.