The challenge of speaking through translation
What Mark is helping us to see
- This is the second time Jesus was at the Decapolis: The first time he encountered the demon possessed guy that got cast into the pigs
- This was a Gentile region
- Jesus want to speak to us in our language and in ways we can understand.
Where we meet Juss this morning (Mark 7:31-37)
- A bit of debate about what it all means
- Some thoughts about what it all means.
- Jesus takes the man aside
- Jesus puts His finger in the man's ears
- Jesus spits
- Jesus touches the man's tongue
- Jesus looks up to heaven
- Jesus sighs
- Imagine what this would be like watching it play out in a silent movie. What is being conveyed?
- Jesus isn't just healing the man.
- He is entering the deaf man's world.
- Jesus is speaking to the man in the man's time of need and in ways the man could understand.
What we see about Jesus?
- Jesus speaks to us in our times of need in ways we can understand and by entering our world
- A couple of implications
1. You can understand Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Jesus wants you to understand Scripture.
- Jesus intends for us to know Him.
- God intends to communicate with us.
2. You think about your theology (2 Timothy 2:7)
- Think about God
3. You must know that you will have times of prayer that are conversational
- Monologue vs Dialogue
- Possible because God speaks your language (Acts 9:10-19)
- He wants to speak to you
Do you listen, pay attention?
Do you think He will speak to you?
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