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.” (Mark 7:32, ESV)

I love what Mark does in this story of the deaf man with a speech impediment.  Jesus has traveled from the area of Tyre and Sidon, southeast to the area of the Decapolis [Ten Cities] which were scattered to the south and east of the Sea of Galilee.  Then something happens, “they brought to him a man who was deaf.”

This is a very strange “they.”  Mark doesn’t tell us who “they” were.  Were they Jews who lived in and around these cities?  Were they Gentiles who were the greatest number of inhabitants?  How did “they” know about Jesus anyway?  Word of mouth?  Eyewitness?  Men?  Women?  Children? Relatives? Neighbors? Mark gives us literally no information at all about the people who brought this man to see Jesus.

The result?  Jesus heals the man and he can not only hear, but he can speak plainly.  It truly is an amazing miracle as Mark, by his words and description, makes plain.  Look at the testimony of “they” [the same “they” as in vs. 32, different?] in the aftermath of this miracle:  “He has done all things well” (vs. 37)

Here’s the amazing thing, the people who brought the deaf man to be healed were instrumental in all of the people coming to see that Jesus did/does all things well.  If “they” had not brought their friend to be healed, Jesus would not have performed this miracle and no one would have been amazed and astounded.  This took effort on the part of these anonymous people.  The man obviously could not come himself, even if he understood that Jesus might be able to heal him.  They could have gone about their normal lives because no doubt they all had work to get done.  Instead, they sacrificed and brought their friend [brother? father?] to be healed by Jesus.

If you are a follower of Jesus,  He can use you to demonstrate that He does all things well. Who cares if you end up anonymous in the process.  What difference does it make if the world doesn’t know your name when they see the great work of Jesus.  “He must increase but I must decrease” said John the Baptist.  We should embrace the anonymity of being a small part in a great work.  It’s about Jesus Christ and him crucified, not about us.

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