God works His power through our expressions of faith – Part 3

Previously when I wrote on the fact that God works His power through our expressions of faith, we looked at the woman who had the issue of blood for years. She believed, acted upon it, and Jesus apparently was only indirectly involved (as she simply touched His cloak after believing that would heal her). Then we examined a woman whose daughter was possessed, and God’s active involvement through the expressions of our faith. This time we will look at another example of God working His power through our expressions of faith in a slightly different way.

In our first case study, we saw that the woman believed and acted, with Christ apparently not being aware of what she did until it was over. It is probably safe to assume it was His earthly human side that did not know, or else He simply was giving the woman a chance to claim her faith verbally. In the second case study, we saw that Christ knew and told the woman because of her statement, made in faith, that the spirit had left her daughter.

This time we see another example of the power of God working, but its a little different. This time, like last time, we see someone with faith. In this case, some people have faith and ask healing for a deaf man who could hardly talk. It is uncertain whether the man being healed had faith, or merely the ones who brought him. We also see Christ doing something physical to help in the healing.

Mark 7:31-37

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 him to place his hand on the man.

 33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit 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 loosened 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.”

Notice, that the people begged Christ to put His hand on the man needing healing. And He did. Christ put his fingers in the man’s ears, spit on His own finger and touched the man’s tongue, and then said “be opened”. This begs the question of whether Christ needed to touch the man or say anything at all, or whether this was merely for the benefit of those who had asked for healing. Did Christ limit Himself to the need for physical interaction, or did Christ merely express His power in ways the people could understand or accept, or in ways they expected? We do not know.

We DO know that Christ worked His power in response to the faith of people. We know that often, we put God in a box where He DOES choose to limit His interaction with us in ways we expect, or can understand, or can accept. We put limits on God, and He honors them. The trick is to not do so. We must have FAITH that GOD can and will do what we ask, if we ask with the right motives and if we ask for what God wants, and IF we persevere in our prayers.


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