Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 9, 2018

“He has done all things well”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 7:31-37.

“Again He went out from the region of Tyre, and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, within the region of Decapolis.  They *brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they *implored Him to lay His hand on him.  Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva;  and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He *said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!”  And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.  And He gave them orders not to tell anyone;  but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it.  They were utterly astonished, saying, “He has done all things well;  He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”  Mark 7:31-37.

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Other doctrine is more interested in what it can do well.

But, Reformed Doctrine is much more interested in what God does well and it studies God and His works.

Here are three things upon which we will meditate from today’s Scripture that Jesus did well.

First, and most obvious, Jesus completely healed the deaf and mute man.

Second, Jesus did the “multi-tasking” well in healing both of the separate afflictions in one healing.

Third, Jesus cared about how the deaf and man would feel about the manner of healing and made provision to deal with the man’s feelings by taking the man away from the crowd to obtain some privacy.  Although we do not know why Jesus performed the healing in the odd way through His fingers in the man’s ears and through His spitting (apparently in His own hand) to use His own saliva to touch the man’s tongue, we do understand that all of this means of healing would likely embarrass the man and that Jesus cared about how the man would feel by His action and took him aside from the crowd to eliminate or at least minimize the man’s embarrassment.

“3 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.”  Psalm 145:3-7.


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