I read Mark 7:31-37 today, Jesus returns to the area of Decapolis. Earlier Jesus cast out demons called Legion from a man living in a cave around the area of Decapolis (Mark 5:1-20). Seeing what Jesus had done the people pleaded with him to leave because they are afraid (Mark 5:17). Their hearts are close to Jesus. Now in Mark 7:31-37 Jesus returns to Decapolis and the people there are begging him to heal a deaf and hardly speaking man.
I think about both stories, Jesus made an impact the first time he was near Decapolis. He left behind a witness to His glory by telling the demon-possessed man in Mark 5:1-20 to go home and tell his family what the Lord has done for him.
In Mark 7:37, Jesus heals the deaf man, He looks to heaven and with a deep sigh says, Ephphatha! (Be opened). Not only are the deaf man’s ears and speech opened, but so are the other people’s ears and speech opened to receive the Word of God in their hearts.
“He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak” (Mark 7:37).
Ephphatha! — Be opened to hear and speak God’s Word.