As I grow in Christ, I began to ask God for deeper questions to be answered about who we are as sons and daughters and what it means to fully surrender, no matter how the world may identify you.
In Exodus 4:8-17, God asks Moses to perform a miracle, but he struggled with his voice. God didn’t waste time idling over his voice, but gave him a pep talk but stating how God designed him for a specific purpose for a specific time. Through this, Moses understood his identity as he learned of God’s goodness and faithfulness in his weakness. This also shows that Moses wasn’t afraid to address his struggles to God.
What does this mean in terms of identity? This pep talk with Moses soothes my idea of deafness. But also soothes my thoughts of being able to speak. Almost everyone I’ve met can’t tell I’m deaf because of my voice, I’ve even had doctors accuse me of faking being deaf. In other words, my voice is a blessing in disguise. God will use my voice in timely situations, but also use my ability to relate to the deaf. But it’s not a 100 percent on either side of the deaf/hearing world, no matter how hard I try.
If you read the Gospel, Jesus repeatedly told people who witnessed miracles he performed to not tell people of all he’s done. Jesus was often stressed because he had many people flocking after him, often bringing unwanted and unnecessary attention. And often times, it’s during his time he needed to be alone with God. The other reason is because Jesus knew the Pharisees were after him and knew unwanted attention would bring more trouble. Especially since he knew what would happen to him shortly after.
The only time the healing of a deaf and mute man in the Bible, is in the Book of Mark. Why only in Mark? Because it was to demonstrate how Jesus took the man aside for healing, not for privacy for than man but for safety of Jesus. Jesus knew he didn’t need to the attention.
It’s commonly interpreted as Jesus wanted to respect the deaf and mute man by pulling him aside and giving him privacy to pray for his healing. This is the only healing story mentioned of being pulled aside. However, many healing stories are by faith alone or engaging in prayer with God. The Roman Soldier is a perfect example of healing by faith.
Why don’t some people believe healing is possible? Most likely because of what Exodus 4:11 specifically says of how God made us. But other passages also mention how God has the power to also make hearts hard and stubborn as a way of testing. Not because he wanted people to remain this way. Jeremiah 17:14 says if you are healed, you are healed. If you are saved, you are saved. There is no room for doubt but abundance of faith.
We need to recognize how Jesus was compassionate not pitiful which is common in the hearing world. Even in times he wanted to be alone or on Sabbath, he often felt a great burden to heal and care for the people following him. He felt the suffering in those who were healed and took it upon themselves. He didn’t want them to live a life of oppression and a world of apathy.
One of the most random things that came up in my study this past week; why did Jesus use saliva for the tongue and ears of the Deaf and mute man? From the Hebrew culture, it’s an indication of the first-born son and his father and the healing powers he received. In which Jesus inherited. Jesus at the time, needed to find a way to indicate his sonship and often used saliva. Notice the disciples did many healings as well, but never used saliva? It was also an indication of anointing or baptism.
I have much to learn about God’s identity, characteristic and promises.