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Open your Bible, if you will, to Mark 7, come to the last paragraph in the seventh chapter of Mark, working our way with great blessing through this account, this historical account of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.

While you're looking up Mark 7 and verses 31 to 37, I'll give you a riddle. Who is permitted to speak but not able, and able to speak but not permitted? That's a paradox and I'm not going to leave you hanging, I'll give you the answer. The answer is in the passage before you. We're going to meet the man who was permitted to speak, but not able and then able to speak but not permitted. Verse 31, "Again He...being Jesus...went out from the region of Tyre and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee within the region of Decapolis. They brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty. And they implored Him to lay His hand on him. Jesus took him aside from the crowd by himself and put His fingers into his ears. And after spitting, touched his tongue with the saliva and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He said to him, 'Ephphatha!' that is, 'Be opened.' And his ears were open and the impediment of his tongue was removed and he began speaking plainly. And He gave them orders not to tell anyone but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it. They were utterly astonished, saying, 'He has done all things well, He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.'"...

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