The amazing significance of this passage could easily be missed, but it lies in the words that Jesus went off to the territory of Tyre and Sidon and then into the Decapolis – in other words, he went into Gentile country.
The stories make it clear that whilst Jesus’ ministry might firstly be to the people of Israel, it was also for the Gentiles, for all peoples.
In the story of the deaf and dumb man, Jesus shows real pastoral care for the man by taking him aside from the crowd. By Jesus’ actions, the man’s ears were opened and his tongue was released, and at that moment in time, the more Jesus cautioned him not to talk about what had happened, the more enthusiastically he did it.
The command not to speak out no longer applies to us – most of us have ears to hear the message or eyes to read it, but are we as enthusiastic about telling others what Jesus has done for us?
Today’s Thought for Lent is from Derek