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The Deaf Mute of Decapolis

Healing of the Deaf Mute of Decapolis, Bartholomeus Breenbergh, 1598-1657

Our story today takes place in the area around the Sea of Galilee known as the Decapolis, which means ten cities because the Decapolis was comprised of ten cities. (The names of the cities are in black on the map.)

They brought a man to Jesus who was deaf and had a speech impediment. That means he could not hear nor speak plainly. Those who brought him begged Jesus to put his hand on him and heal him.

Jesus did not do this miracle in front of a lot of people, but took him aside, away from the multitude to heal him. Here's what he did. He put his fingers in the man's ears, then he spit and touched the man's tongue.

Looking up to heaven Jesus sighed deeply and said Ephphatha which means "Open up". At once he began to hear and could speak plainly!

As he had at other times, Jesus told them not to tell anyone, but you know what happened. They were so eager to share the good news they went about telling everyone.

People were amazed. They said, "He does everything well! He even makes deaf people to hear and causes those who cannot speak to be able to speak plainly!"

This is the twenty-first recorded miracle of Jesus.

Mark 7:31-37

Zip Code 0700

Memory Hook

A man is sitting at my table. He has horns on his head because he has a demon inside him. He cannot hear or talk. What a terrible malady!

Across the room 5000 people are having a feast and joyfully sharing a magnificent meal of tasty fish and bread. All this man has is a 7 Up drink in his hand.

hand+7 = Mark 7

This zip code means the account is found in the 7th chapter of Mark (7). It is not found in Matthew (0),Luke or John (00).

(Remember this hook)
  • Head = Matthew
  • Arms = Mark
  • Waist = Luke
  • Feet = John


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Boy With Demon

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