Our Bible text this week is from Mark 7:31-37 (http://www.esvbible.org/Mark%207%3A31-37/ ): Then He returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to Him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged Him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, He put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, He sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more He charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
Today, I want us to focus in on that first sentence. Jesus went to the area of the Decapolis (10 towns around the Sea of Galilee). Think back a few chapters to the encounter with the man who was severely oppressed by a demonic force known as Legion (Mark 5:1-20 - http://www.esvbible.org/Mark%205/). In Mark 5:20 we see the man has been healed by Jesus and been sent into this same area (The Decapolis) to tell them what Jesus had done for him.
Have you ever wondered why God has us do some things? Many times we don’t ever fully know…but other times we get a ‘hindsight view’ that gives us an ‘aha’ moment. I believe that is what happened for us as we see Jesus go to the area where he had left the healed man. This man was left to witness to what Jesus could do so that when Jesus came to that area there would be an understanding of His Power and Authority.
Most of the time, we do not see the connection between what we are doing and how it might help the greater cause of God’s Plan on the earth. It shouldn’t matter. The Biblical record shows us so many examples like this that we should gain a trust that when God says to ‘go’ or to ‘stay’ then He has a greater purpose for our time and energy than what we may see. Other times, we may get the opportunity to have the ‘aha’ moment when we get a hindsight view of how God used our life to bless others or open doors that were shut. Those are special times to celebrate! Can you think of a situation where God has used your life in this way? Can you prepare yourself to follow Him even when your view doesn’t answer all of your ‘why’ questions?
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