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A close reading of the text and meditation on the words confirms—opens up one might say—this deeper meaning of the story. This word order parallels the Greek, which is significant because the command is most immediately addressed to the deaf man, as one interpreter points out.
First, here is the key sentence from Mark , as recorded in the Revised Edition of the New American Bible: “Then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, ‘Ephphatha! Although we learn soon in the next sentence that his ears have been opened, the word order gives the immediate impression that the man himself must in some sense be opened.
Mark readily supplies a definition: Why keep the Aramaic original, especially when the Greek equivalent is provided?What has stiffened our tongues so that we hesitate to respond fully in faith and love?Let us pray that Jesus opens our ears and mouths to the message of the gospel. Let us pray for all this knowing that Jesus has already opened up the heavens for us and even now is interceding for us in heaven.(See this post here and this definition here.) Yet another more specific meaning of that word tells us even more about what kind of opening Jesus asks of us.The word appears a total of eight times in the New Testament.His Ph D thesis was on isotope ratios in meteorites, including surface exposure dating.