Expectations

Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre.

He entered a house and didn’t want anyone to know he was there, but it couldn’t be kept a secret. Straight away a woman who had heard about him came in and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit, and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter. She was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia, and Jesus told her, “First you must let the children eat all they want, because it isn’t fair to take the children’s food and give it to the dogs.”

“Lord,” she said, “even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the crumbs that fall from the children’s plates.”

“That’s a good answer.” he said. “And now you can go home, because the demon has left your daughter.”

She went home and found her little girl lying peacefully on her bed, and the demon gone.

Then Jesus left Tyre and went through Sidon, before heading back to the Sea of Galilee and the Decapolis, the region of the ten towns. A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man.

Jesus led the man away from the crowd to get some privacy. First he put his fingers into the man’s ears, then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was freed and he began to speak clearly.

Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he instructed them not to, the more they spread the news and everyone was utterly amazed.

“Everything he does is brilliant,” they said. “He even restores the hearing of deaf people and gives the silent speech.”

Mark

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