Jesus has just healed two blind men, now Matthew tells us this:
“And as they were going out, behold, a demon-possessed man who was unable to speak was brought to Him. And after the demon was cast out, the man who was previously unable to speak talked; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.'” – Matthew 9:32-33.
An the hits just keep on coming. Jesus continues to heal and amaze people in this scene. Let’s dive into it.
As Jesus and His group are walking out the door, someone brings in a demon-oppressed man who is mute. Specifically, the demon oppressing the man was causing him to be unable to speak. Demons were understood as a fact of life in Jesus’ day. Those who attempted to cast them out often faced great difficulty in doing so. The fact that Jesus could simply order them to leave impressed everyone who saw it of His great power.
It’s unclear what makes this specific exorcism so fantastic to the crowds. Jesus had cast many demons out before this moment. It may have been the ease with which He did so or the impressiveness of the mute man suddenly being able to speak.
This is another miracle that points to Jesus as the Messiah. Isaiah wrote that in the Messianic age, “the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy” (Isaiah 35:5–6). Jesus has now accomplished all these miracles, indicating to those who believe that the age of the Messiah has begun.
Again…an incredible example of Jesus’ love, kindness, compassion and strength. He is the Messiah. He is the one of whom Isaiah had written about. He is the one who is the ruler of our lives and the hope in our lives today.