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Jesus Heals a Mute, Demon-Possessed Man

As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him.

Matthew 9:32
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signs of the messiah

In Matthew 9, Jesus healed a paralytic, two blind men, and a mute man. Thematically, these miracles are important because the Old Testament highlights the healing of the lame, the blind, and the mute as signs by which to recognize the promised Messiah: “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert” (Isaiah 35:5–6).

Fast-forward a few hundred years, and we see John the Baptist preparing the way for the coming Messiah. John began to doubt, however, when he spent time in prison, so he sent his disciples to ask if Jesus was the Messiah for whom they had been waiting.

Jesus responded with words reflective of Old Testament prophecies, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them” (Matthew 11:4–5).

miraculous healings

When two blind men begged Jesus to have mercy on them, He healed them (Matthew 9:27–31). When people brought a demon-oppressed man who was mute, Jesus cast out the demon and the mute man spoke (Matthew 9:31–32). The word Matthew uses for “mute” could indicate that this man was deaf, mute, or both. Whatever the case, the man was unable to talk until Jesus cast out the demon.

The crowds who observed this healing were amazed because “never was anything like this seen in Israel” (9:33). Jesus was the Messiah who had come to bring restoration, to make everything new. The lame could now dance. The blind could behold their creator. Even the dead were being raised to life! Yet, sometimes things don’t work out quite like we expect. John the Baptist found this out the hard way after being thrown in prison for confronting sinful leaders. Many of us know the anguish of losing a loved one, going through a painful breakup, or getting fired from a job. Others of us live day in and day out with a debilitating disease that diminishes our energy. It becomes all too easy to wonder if and when God will bring renewal. Take your doubts directly to Jesus. Don’t be afraid to ask your tough questions. John, the very one who proclaimed the Messiah had come, expressed doubt over Jesus’s identity. Yet, what was Jesus’s response? He reminded John of his miraculous power.

We can trust the One who healed the blind, the deaf, and the mute to bring spiritual sight to blind hearts and provide streams of water in every wilderness.

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I’m not sure how to define my "own spiritual wilderness." I know I have not reached the pinnacle of my faith and relationship with God – but I am striving toward that peak.

As we are all struggling with the COVID-19 health (and related economic) crisis right now, I guess I could say just resting that this is in God’s hands and trusting in His timing and healing of our nation.

In my failed marriage. Will I ever get married to the right man. Maybe the one God intended for me in the first place. Need still to heal from my last one.

We are to cast all of our cares upon him, for he careth for you. We are to trust in him. We are not to lean unto our own understanding.

Yes, I need to trust that Jesus is in control-he’s our Almighty Savior & healer. It may not be in my timing so I need to be patient, knowing that He is always there for me in all struggles & painful times. Maybe there is a reason that he is waiting on me to grow stronger in faith-helping me to realize my insecurities & to focus on Him more than my pain or tribulations. I am to lean on Him!

I need to trust God in the next steps for my family, and for my journey. I’ve trained myself to enjoy the season and chapter I’m in, but sometimes when the anxiety and/or frustration sets in, it’s easy for me to want to look to the next milestone, the next chapter, the “when I have this, or when this happens” hypotheticals, and become discontent and discouraged. When the negativity seeps in, is also when I pull away and the doubt looms over me. Daily walking with God can help my unbelief, and help me appreciate what I do have.

I want to trust Jesus that he can heal my son who is unable to speak well. He was born with brain damage, therefore I have been praying for this for ten years. But I believe with God nothing is impossible.
God bless for your hardworking for Jesus.

there is a minister named Ricky Roberts who was born a mongoloid with an I.Q. of 26 and after 16 yrs. was healed by the power of his mothers prayers and faith in Jesus Christ. He has a book out ‘Trail of Tears’ you should read it .He finished high school all honors and received $ degrees from college-Theology’ old Hebrew and i forget the others. HE pastors 2 church’s-in Jacksonville, Fl. and Douglas ,Ga. God is good and Living!

I need to trust his plan. I need to be more attentive to listen to what his plan is for me. Every part of our life is for a reason, all the good times and the bad. It’s trusting that God is going to use it for good and showing me what exactly I am to do in that season!!

I think the biggest thing is my future and my kids hearts these are the two biggest areas that I need to trust Jesus in rather than taking so much into my own hands if I slow down and waited for the Lord I know my future will be taken care of and if I continue to pray for my kids and the healing in this blended family I do believe that can happen

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