“He took him aside to be by themselves, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle.”

Mark 7:33

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Mark 7:31-37

Jesus took the man aside, away from his friends and the people gathered there. Why? Did Jesus want time to talk to the man alone, to pray with him and for him, to give the man his full attention so that he could heal him from his impediments? Or, was Jesus trying to escape the critical eyes of those who were waiting to scorn him and to accuse him of ill deeds? Whatever the reason, what an opportunity to be alone with Jesus! How wonderful to be able to spend time with him, to have his full and undivided attention, to have his healing hands touch you. If you had this opportunity, what would you say or ask him?

The physical healing, the fingers in the ears and the spittle on the tongue, could very easily have just been verbal healing. Jesus just needed to say the word and it would be done. So what was the symbolism here? At this time in history, the use of saliva or spittle was a well-known remedy. There are other references to using saliva and laying on of hands by Jesus in the New Testament. The ability of Jesus to heal with his hands and saliva is indicative of his divine nature and that faith heals.

We do not have the luxury of experiencing the physical healing of Jesus as this man did, but we do have our faith. The healing in this story seems to indicate that, with faith, Jesus’ healing is available to us. . Often Jesus heals us – perhaps not in the way we wanted or asked for. Maybe you notice that in your own life.

Do you believe that Jesus can heal your impediments, without touch or medication, if you ask him? Is your ultimate trust and faith in God to guide you along your journey, to walk beside you and encourage you?

Dear God,

I pray that my faith in you will be deepened. I pray that you will heal me and open my heart to receive your messages and accept your will. I pray my faith will allow others to see your divine nature and grace.

Amen.

 
Gillian Hugo

Gillian was educated at Pretoria High School for Girls and at Johannesburg College of Education where she qualified as a pre-school teacher. She has taught for more than 20 years in the government and private sectors. Gillian is married and has 2 children. She is training as a mindset and mindfulness coach. Gillian enjoys being creative and her hobbies include watercolour painting, reading, travelling and she loves the beach!

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