Still with the Gentiles. He has been for several months. Some think that the trip from Tyre through Sidon lasted about eight months as he ministered to the Gentiles in that area.
The term used means “deaf/stammerer” Stop and think about what it would be like to have the condition of the person being healed.
(1) The manner
(2) The method
They want him to lay hands on him, but He does it a different way. He touches the ears and then touches his tongue (spits) and then touches the tongue of the other. Perhaps this is a way of communicating visually with the man what He was about to do.
It is the command which heals not the power of the saliva. The most repeated method of healing in the miracles is the “WORD” of God.
(3) The miracle
A complete healing. All of the miracles are complete healings except one which is accomplished in two steps for teaching purposes. That separates true miracles from what we witness on TV today.
(1) His request
He tells them not to tell anyone. Perhaps to keep the multitudes from looking for a miracle worker. He was looking less for a following than for people of faith to follow. We like crowds (quantity). He likes quality.
(2) Their response
Astonishment but not salvation.