Be Opened

September 14th, 2015 by MMiller

Rev. Dr. Melanie Miller

September 6, 2015

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Biblical Testimony: Mark 7:31-37

Then Jesus returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

Contemporary Testimony: excerpts from “Ephphatha”  by Wayne Saffen

Now listen to this, you hucksters of religion, all you faith healers, gatherer of crowds, who come to smite the populace with miracles, spectaculars; when Jesus healed a deaf man he took the man aside, privately, away from gawkers

Repeat the procedure exactly. Try the sequence in proper order. Isolate the experimental subject. Stick finger into ear. Spit on finger. Place finer on tongue. Look heavenward. Sigh. Say the magic word. Got it? Try it. Ephphatha! Be opened!

Now that we have rehearsed the event, do we understand it better? Of course not. Let’s start with something easier. Try listening to what others say. Experience the loss of your own deafness. Say how you feel, and watch your tongue come untied. Get somebody you can trust to practice on.

You already know how to sigh. Now learn to open up.