Antioch Southern Baptist Church
Order of Worship 11/20/22
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        November 20, 2022 - 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Worthy Of Worship (Judson)
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        November 20, 2022 - 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Your Great Name
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  • How Great Thou Art
  • Introduction

    Mark 7:31–37 ESV
    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.”

    A Private Audience

    Remember the last time Jesus was in the region of the Decapolis?
    Mark 5:17 ESV
    And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.
    His reception this time is much more enthusiastic
    Still can’t fly under the radar. Apparently had a broad healing ministry there. Matthew doesn’t record this specific miracle, but does tell us:
    Matthew 15:29 ESV
    Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there.
    Matthew 15:30 ESV
    And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them,
    Matthew 15:31 ESV
    so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.
    Mark doesn’t mention all that; zeros in on this specific incident
    No word of who brought the man, but given the region (Decapolis), likely Gentiles bringing Gentile
    The man is deaf and mute, likely congenital. Can’t hear, speech wouldn’t develop properly
    At that time in history, no cure. No cochlear implants. Hopeless. And someone in this condition would have been considered mentally handicapped. Jews even assumed deafness/blindness were God’s judgment for some sin:
    John 9:1–2 ESV
    As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
    I used to work with a man born deaf. Could read lips well, hard to understand. Even after cochlear implant. 21st century America, difficult life. Imagine being in that condition 2000 yrs ago
    I love this statement: “And taking him aside from the crowd privately,”
    Jesus treated this man as an individual human being, attended to his pressing need
    For this man’s whole life, he had been scorned. But now he has the private attention of the one who created him
    But how he did it requires some attention:

    A Bizarre Ritual?

    Jesus didn’t simply heal him w/ a word or a touch, like he often had. Look how Mark describes
    English Standard Version Chapter 7

    he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”

    I puzzled over this: why this ritual?
    First, two options: either Jesus needed to go through these steps, or he didn’t
    Ancient healers had elaborate rituals. Saliva even involved, especially from king or holy man
    But I’ve seen enough to know that Jesus surely didn’t have to do all this. So that leaves option 2: Jesus didn’t *need* to perform these steps
    Must be doing them for others’ benefit
    Leads to next 2 options: did he do it for those watching, or for the man himself?
    Easy: first took him away from the crowd privately, so he’s doing it for the man’s benefit
    I was still stumped: why?
    Sinclair Ferguson, little commentary, first clued me in: sign language
    The man can’t hear him speak, so he communicates to him in a way he could understand. Three signs:
    put his fingers into his ears
    spit and touched his tongue:
    Shows what he’s going to do for him. Man would have understood, especially with use of saliva, Jesus intended to heal him
    3. looked up to heaven: shows where the power for his healing will come from
    Then he spoke—more in a second
    But before he spoke, Mark records that Jesus “sighed”; literally “groaned”
    Not a sound of contentment
    Romans 8:23 ESV
    And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
    2 Corinthians 5:2 ESV
    For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling,
    Related to word used in 8:12:
    Mark 8:11 ESV
    The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
    Mark 8:12 ESV
    And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
    In ch 8 he’s groaning over the display of sinfulness
    Here he’s groaning over the effects of sin
    This is a groan of compassion, for a child of Adam whose life has been wrecked by the effects of sin on Adam’s race, and on him in particular
    Jesus not handing out miracles like Oprah, “and you get a healing, and you get a healing, and you get a healing”
    No doubt this man was a sinner. Yet Jesus genuinely feels the pain of this man’s suffering
    Do we?
    This week I heard about a young person coming home from school, talking about two girls here in our town who have announced they are now boys and are dating each other, while their peers applaud them
    Now do not misconstrue what I’m about to say: The sin of transgenderism is, of course, deeply evil and satanic
    To a grown man dressing as a sexually provocative drag queen to read stories to children, I would say, you child of the devil, repent, before you perish
    But for young teen girls, transgender ideology is like a corrosive acid; once the come in contact with it it consumes them. In some way they are as powerless in the face of this adult evil as this man was over his ears and tongue
    These girls aren’t just sinning against God by acting against the sex he created them; they are victims of a world system, esp. education and social media, hell-bent on confusing them and destroying them
    Like the serpent beguiled Eve in the garden, our young girls especially are being deceived
    I bring that up because do you know what the response was of the young person telling about these girls? Tears. He was groaning about the effects of sin
    So do all Christians as we look at the destruction caused by human sinfulness in the world
    Unlike us, Jesus is able to do something about it. And he does:
    Mark 7:34 ESV
    And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”
    And as usual w/ Jesus’ miracles, results are instant and total:
    Mark 7:35 ESV
    And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
    Notice what Mark makes clear: it wasn’t touching ears or tongue that accomplished the miracle. It wasn’t the saliva. It was the authoritative word of the Lord that accomplished it
    Mark even records the original word that Jesus spoke: probably Aramaic, language of Jews of that time. Mark records probably the first word this man had ever heard, and its instantaneous effects
    Mark translates it for his Gentile readers: be opened. It’s the word used, for instance, by Stephen, first martyr, at his stoning:
    Acts 7:56 ESV
    And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
    And his ears were opened, and his tongue was released, literally "the chain of his tongue was broken.” We have an expression, tongue-tied. Not this man, not any longer
    Don’t miss the creator-level majesty of this miracle. Ears didn’t work: ever studied the ear? Know how complex and delicate it is? Likely required creating or connecting nerves to brain, who knows what else
    And didn’t just hear, spoke plainly. When someone gets a cochlear implant now, how many years of speech therapy does it take before they speak plainly? Jesus creates what’s missing in his ears and rewires his brain. No wonder the people’s reply:
    Mark 7:37 ESV
    And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
    Whether they knew it or not, they’re referring to a prophecy about the Messiah

    Prophecy Fulfilled

    Mark used an interesting word to describe this man’s condition. English translation just says he “had a speech impediment”
    Word mogilalos, only used here in the NT
    Used one other time, in Septuagint:
    Isaiah 35:5 ESV
    Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
    Isaiah 35:6 ESV
    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;
    Mark writing for Gentiles, doesn’t refer to OT much, but think he does so here intentionally
    Worth considering that prophecy
    Isa 34 contains prophecy of judgment on the nations
    Isaiah 34:1 ESV
    Draw near, O nations, to hear, and give attention, O peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it.
    Isaiah 34:2 ESV
    For the Lord is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host; he has devoted them to destruction, has given them over for slaughter.
    Only gets worse from there
    But then, in ch 35, promises to bring the ransomed back, makes the promises we saw about the blind and the deaf and the mute
    And listen to this specific promise:
    Isaiah 35:1 ESV
    The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
    Isaiah 35:2 ESV
    it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.
    See that word Lebanon? Guess where that is?
    Right there in what Mark has called the region of Tyre and Sidon. Right where Jesus has just opened the ears of the deaf and loosed the tongue of the mute
    Mark is telegraphing that the glorious end of the age has drawn near with Christ
    He’s showing that the promises of God, that even Gentile Lebanon will be included in his salvation, have begun to be fulfilled. Salvation is coming even to the Gentiles. And all my Gentile friends said, “Amen”
    No wonder the people can’t keep silent though Jesus tells them to
    Let’s just close with that command:
    Mark 7:36 ESV
    And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.
    Here it is again: the Messianic secret, Jesus not wanting people to spread the news about him and his miracles. Before we’ve seen him tell Jews to keep the secret, now we see him telling Gentiles. Why? Same reason as we’ve seen before, and same for both groups
    For Jews, and Gentiles, it’s not enough to know about Jesus as a miracle-worker.
    If you’re going to truly have faith in him, you have to know what he’s done on the cross
    He didn’t just come to hear the deaf; he came to save sinners
    But as Mark tells us, this man and the crowds couldn’t contain themselves
    Maybe you say, if I saw a miracle like that, I couldn’t keep quiet about it either!
    If you have been saved by faith in Christ, you have seen such a miracle. You’ve seen an even greater miracle
    You saw, in your own life, a resurrection. You saw a dead person, dead in trespasses and sins, brought to life by the Spirit of God through faith in Jesus Christ
    And friend, Jesus hasn’t commanded you to keep quiet about what he’s done. He’s told you the opposite: go spread the news
    So imitate your ancestors in the faith in this passage, and zealously proclaim it
    Something connected to sermon
    Someone down front
      • Mark 5:17ESV

      • Matthew 15:29ESV

      • Matthew 15:30ESV

      • Matthew 15:31ESV

      • John 9:1–2ESV

      • Romans 8:23ESV

      • 2 Corinthians 5:2ESV

      • Mark 8:12ESV

      • Acts 7:56ESV

      • Isaiah 35:5ESV

      • Isaiah 35:6ESV

      • Isaiah 34:1ESV

      • Isaiah 34:2ESV

      • Isaiah 35:1ESV

      • Isaiah 35:2ESV

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