“He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
‘Ephphatha!’— that is, ‘Be opened!’ —
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.”
I can imagine a child hearing these words and responding, “Ewww! Gross!” It is all very earthy with fingers in ears, spit, tongue touching, and groaning. The Jesus who is usually seen healing in other gospels with a word and in total command seems here to be a little less like God and a little more like a two-bit magician or snake oil salesman. Sure the man gets healed, but it’s hard to imagine that the all powerful God who created the universe out of nothing by the power of his word would need such paltry tricks to simply heal a person. Maybe this God-man is much more man than God. How embarrassing!