* he took.
5:40 8:23 1Ki 17:19-22 2Ki 4:4-6,33,34 Joh 9:6,7
This was clearly a symbolical action; for these remedies
evidently could not, by their natural efficacy, avail to
produce so wonderful an effect. As the ears of the deaf
appear closed, he applies his fingers to intimate that he
would open them; and as the tongue of the dumb seems to be
tied, or to cleave to the palate, he touches it, to intimate
he would give loose and free motion to it. He accommodated
himself to the weakness of those who might not indeed doubt
his power, but fancy some external sign was requisite to
healing. It was also thus made manifest, that this
salutiferous power came from Himself, and that He who by one
word, [ephphatha [,] had healed the
man, must be Divine.