A deaf and mute man was brought to Jesus (Mark 7). Interestingly, Jesus takes him off to the side — away from the crowd. He could have healed him in front of the crowd, but he may have wanted his disciples to clearly see what he was going to do — to see this miracle as a sign of things to come. He touched the man's ears and tongue. Then he said "Ephphatha," — "Be opened." And suddenly the man could both hear and speak. Notice this: Jesus spoke to the man before he could hear. It was that spoken Word from the Lord Jesus that made it possible for him to hear.