The deaf, tongue-tied man’s only hope for healing was to get to Jesus (Mark 7:31-35). He had to have a personal encounter with Him.
Let me note that this man was not like those Paul describes: "Having
itching ears . . . they shall turn away their ears from the truth" (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Nor did this man have "the spirit of slumber . . . and ears that they should not hear" (Romans 11:8). He was not like those described in Acts 28:27:
"Their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest
they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears." Nor was he
like those present at Stephen's stoning, people who "stopped their ears"
The fact is, this man wanted to hear. He wanted desperately to be healed. Yet, we read, "They bring unto him one that was deaf" (Mark 7:32,
italics mine). This man didn't get to Jesus on his own, he had to be
brought to Him. Clearly he must have known who Jesus was and that He had
power to heal.
Moreover, this man knew how to communicate, either through sign
language or writing, and he could get around on his own. Yet he never
made the effort to come to Jesus himself—"they" had to bring him.
Who were "they" in this verse? I can only speculate that they were
the man's family or loving friends, people who cared enough to bring him
to Jesus. I believe this scene says so much about the situation with
our young people today. They won't go to Jesus on their own. They have
to be brought to Him by their parents, their friends, their church
family. Like the deaf man's parents, we also must bring our children and
loved ones to Christ. How? Through daily, believing prayer.
There's only one cure, one hope, for our children and loved ones to
hear truth and that is a personal encounter with Jesus Himself. "And
they beseech him to put his hand upon him" (Mark 7:32). The Greek word for beseech here means to implore, to pray. These parents begged Christ, "Please, Lord, touch our son. Put Your hand on him."