There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk…(32)
Just because someone can’t hear does not mean they can’t talk. Most who can’t hear can talk but their speech is impaired, it’s a little more difficult to understand them.
Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (33,34)
Ephphatha = be opened.
In order for me to have something helpful to say I must be able to hear, to listen. My ears and heart must be open. If I speak before I hear (really hear, not “In one ear and out the other”) my words will be impaired, distorted. “Let us be quick to hear and slow to speak…”
There are two types of hearing, one with the ear and the other with a humble heart. If my heart is humble then (motivated by love, respect, and a desire to show honor) I will want to understand (hear) the other person thoroughly rather than make sure they hear me. Silence will birth my words.
There are so many opportunities to be misunderstood when using words. There are also many opportunities to misunderstand when using our ears.
Most of us in the ministry have been trained to talk rather than listen. I need Jesus to stick his fingers into my ears. I need Jesus to put his spit on my tongue. I need Ephphatha.
Jesus, help me to hear. Open both my ears and my heart. I want to listen more than talk. I want to understand others more than wanting them to understand me. I need your supernatural help to do so. Help me Jesus.
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