What Jesus Did! 'The Touch of His Hand' — Mark 7:31-32

Friday, May 6, 2016

Then Jesus left the area around Tyre and went through Sidon. Jesus went to Lake Galilee. Jesus went through the area of the Ten Towns. While he was there, some people brought a man to him. This man was deaf and could not talk. The people begged Jesus to put his hand on the man {to heal him}.
— Mark 7:31-32 NLT
Illustration of Mark 7:31-32 NLT —  The people begged Jesus to put his hand on the man {to heal him}.

Key Thought

Jesus' reputation as a miracle worker is now driving his ministry. He is well known as a healer in Galilee, the region of Tyre and Sidon, and also Decapolis (the area of Ten Towns). Jesus can no longer operate in secrecy. It seems as if everyone has heard of him. However, as Mark will show in subsequent verses, the issue of Jesus' concern has to do with the perception of the people. How can he call them to deeper discipleship if they see him only as a personal miracle worker? Jesus will re-assert his concern that people really know him as he wants to be known. This will mean conflict and misunderstanding in the following episodes in which we find Jesus. Yet despite this concern, he consistently shows personal, tender, and compassionate concern for the individuals in need while trying to keep his ministry from becoming a traveling healing show.

Today's Prayer

Father, with so many demands on my time, please help me to not cave into the demands of others to be the person they want me to be. I want to please you. At the same time, dear Father, please help me deal personally and compassionately with people as your Son did. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 1:35-42
  • John 2:23-25
  • John 6:22-27


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.