Jesus Sighs

Read Mark 7:33-34

Does it seem odd to you here that Jesus sighs before He heals the deaf, speech impaired man? I think I’ve read this before and kind of tied it back to His, “How long must I put up with you?” (Luke 9:41) commentary. Therefore recently, when I heard a spin on these verses from a wholly different position, I had to do some research. You see, if we look at 2 Corinthians 5:2-4 and see the word groan used it’s (4727) stĕnazō: “to make (be) in straits, to sigh, murmur, pray inaudibly.” So, when we see Jesus sigh here, it could have just as easily been translated groan.

Basically, it’s this inaudible prayer to be released from the captivity that is the human body. Jesus groaned over the man’s non-working ears and stammering tongue. Maybe then there is connection to His commentary previously mentioned; perhaps He too was groaning for a return to His heavenly body to be freed from mortality? Amazing!

Father, thank You that You still heal, thank You that You still move mountains and clothe Your oft times naked and rebellious children. Help us to be more intentional when we study Your Word. Open our eyes to see Your truth. We pray in Jesus’ Name trusting You to give wisdom. Amen!

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