63 Jesus does spectacular miracles.

Matthew 15:29–31; Mark 7:31–37

Jesus was highly regarded by some prestigious, wealthy people. Why would he walk instead of having a donkey, or even a horse (Matthew 15:29)?

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On the mountainside, where did Jesus sit in relation to the crowd, above the people, below, or in their midst (Matthew 15:29)? Why is that most likely?

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How did people learn where Jesus was (Matthew 15:29)?

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Why did people want to see Jesus (Matthew 15:29)?

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Why might the deaf man have thought it important for Jesus to lay his hand on him (Mark 7:32)?

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Being deaf, how was the man able to speak at all (Mark 7:32)?

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Why would Jesus take the deaf man to a private place and not heal him in front of the crowd (Mark 7:33)?

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How might Jesus’ actions compare to what the man expected (Mark 7:33–35)?

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If Jesus knew that people would spread the news, why did he tell them to keep quiet (Mark 7:36)?

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How many miracles do people have to see before then can believe (Matthew 15:31)?

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After Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and Sidon, he walked back toward the Sea of Galilee, to an area of the Decapolis. He went up on a mountainside and sat down. A large crowd gathered. People brought to the feet of Jesus the crippled, blind, mute, disabled, and those who suffered many other afflictions. And he healed them.

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Matthew 15:29–30 After Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre, he walked back toward the Sea of Galilee. He went up on the mountainside and sat down. A large crowd gathered. People brought to the feet of Jesus the crippled, blind, mute, disabled, and those who suffered many other afflictions. And he healed them.
Mark 7:31 After Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and Sidon, he walked back toward the Sea of Galilee, to an area of the Decapolis.
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Matthew 15:29–30 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:
Mark 7:31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.

A deaf man had difficulty speaking and begged Jesus to lay his hand on him. After leaving the crowd for a place more private, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears, then spat and touched the man’s tongue. Looking upward, he said in a deep groan, “Ephphatha!” which means “Be opened!” Immediately, the man’s ears were opened. His tongue was set free, and he spoke clearly.

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Mark 7:32–35 A deaf man had difficulty speaking and begged Jesus to lay his hand on him. After leaving the crowd for a place more private, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears, then spat and touched the man’s tongue. Looking upward, he said in a deep groan, “Ephphatha!” which means “Be opened!” Immediately, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was set free, and he spoke clearly.
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Mark 7:32–35 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

Jesus told the people not to tell anyone, but the more he told them to keep quiet, the more they spread the news.

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Mark 7:36 Jesus told the people not to tell anyone, but the more he told them to keep quiet, the more they spread the news.
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Mark 7:36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

The crowd was thoroughly amazed when they saw the mute able to speak and disabled people made whole. The crippled walked, and the blind could see. So they praised the God of Israel. “All his works are spectacular,” they said. “He even causes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot talk.”

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Matthew 15:31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute able to speak and disabled people made whole. The crippled walked, and the blind could see. So they praised the God of Israel.
Mark 7:37 The crowd was thoroughly amazed, saying, “All his works are spectacular. He even causes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot talk.”
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Matthew 15:31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
Mark 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.