Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 16, 2011

Open Our Mouth

Mark 7:32–35 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. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

Once again we see Jesus spit combined with touch.  But what strikes me about these verses is that Jesus looked up to heaven with a deep sigh.  He must have been tired.  Not only physically from the constant press of people wanting something from Him, but also spiritually from given forth so much.  After He looked up to heaven He only needed to say one word – open.  What power.  In this instance Jesus took the man aside.  I imagine He was moving him away from so much noise.  We also need to move away from so much noise.  We are surrounded with all sorts of noise.  We need to take time away in the quiet and look up to heaven.  We need to pray, listen, meditate, study the scripture and be prepared to open our mouths in love and ministry to those around us.  We are quick to open our mouths to gossip, criticize and complain.  We need to open them to praise, uplift and spread the love and light of God to those around us.  Let us take time alone with God regularly so when we are amidst the noise of this world we can open our mouths and speak plainly of God.

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