Miracle 18:
Casting out the “Speech Impaired” Spirit


Matthew 9:32-34 - As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. 33And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying,  It was never so seen in Israel. 34But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.[i]

Intro: Here we have another case, which was very sad. This man was under the power of the devil. In this particular instance, he was disabled from speaking, v. 32.

Let’s notice the calamitous state of this world, and how various the afflictions of the afflicted are! The Lord has no sooner dismissed two blind men, but he meets with a dumb man.

How thankful should we be to God for our sight and speech! Notice the malice of Satan against mankind, and in how many ways he shows it. This man’s dumbness was the effect of his being possessed with a devil; but it was better he should be unable to say any thing, than be forced to say, as those demoniacs did (ch. 8:29), What have we to do with thee? Of the two, better a dumb devil than a blaspheming one.

When the devil gets possession of a soul, it is made silent as to any thing that is good; dumb in prayers and praises, which the devil is a sworn enemy to. This poor man they brought to Christ, who entertained not only those that came of themselves in their own faith, but those that were brought to him by their friends in the faith of others.

Though the just shall live eternally by his faith, yet temporal mercies may be bestowed on us with an eye to their faith who are intercessors on our behalf. They brought him in just as the blind man went out.

Notice how unwearied Christ was in doing good; how closely one good work followed another! Treasures of mercy, wondrous mercy, are hid in him; which may be continually communicated, but can never be exhausted.[ii]


The connection between spiritual evil and physical illness is clearly illustrated in this incident. [iii]


A. Progression Stated: Logical

Mathew shows us the miracle and the responses to the miracle.  Cause/effect relationship.

B. Presentation Summarized:

1. Content

a. Cause  9:32

1.                   Greek word kophas can mean mute, deaf or deaf and mute (deafness which resulted in a speech problem).  Here, however, only the speech seems to be affected.

2.                   What is left out of this miracle is the man’s faith, Jesus’ method, His words, etc.  What is emphasized is the response of the people and leaders.   So let’s look at the responses:

3.                   His cure, which was very sudden (v. 33), When the devil was cast out, the dumb spake. Note, Christ’s cures strike at the root, and remove the effect by taking away the cause; they open the lips, by breaking Satan’s power in the soul.[iv]

b. Effect  9:33-34
1.         Response - The man spoke. We know nothing about his spiritual response.
2.         Reception - The masses marveled.  “It was never so seen in Israel.”
a.     The multitudes marvelled; and well they might; though few believed, many wondered.
b.     The admiration of the common people is sooner raised than any other affection.
c.     It was foretold, that the new song, the New-Testament song, should be sung for marvellous works, Ps. 98:1
d.     Psalm 98:1 A Psalm.  O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
e.     They said, It was never so seen in Israel, and therefore never so seen any where; for no people experienced such wonders of mercy as Israel did.
f.       There had been those in Israel that were famous for working miracles, but Christ excelled them all.
g.     The miracles Moses wrought had reference to Israel as a people, but Christ’s were brought home to particular persons.[v]
3.         Rejection
a.     The leaders reject Him.  The leaders have seen the same thing, but they attribute the power to Satan.
b.     9:34 is an important part of Matthew’s argument.  It is interesting that Jesus doesn’t deal with the leaders rejection here.  He will wait until 12:30f.
c.     They did not deny that He had caused the dumb to speak and the blind to see and the crippled to walk. What they accused Him of was that He did these things by the power of Satan.[vi]
d.     The Pharisees blasphemed, v. 34. When they could not gainsay the convincing evidence of these miracles, they fathered them upon the devil, as if they had been wrought by compact and collusion: he casteth out devils (say they) by the prince of the devils—a suggestion horrid beyond expression; we shall hear more of it afterwards, and Christ’s answer to it (ch. 12:25);
e.     Only observe here, how evil men and seducers wax worse and worse (2 Tim. 3:13), and it is both their sin and their punishment.
f.       Their quarrels with Christ
1.       For taking upon him the power to forgive sin (v. 3),
2.       For conversing with publicans and sinners, (v. 11),
3.       For not fasting (v. 14), though spiteful enough, yet had some colour of piety, purity, and devotion in them;
4.       But this (which they are left to, to punish them for those) breathes nothing but malice and falsehood, and hellish enmity in the highest degree; it is diabolical all over, and was therefore justly pronounced unpardonable.
5.       Because the people marvelled, they must say something to diminish the miracle, and this was all they could say.[1]


·          Jesus not only has the power over Satan, but he can cure the effects of Satan’s power.  He can liberate and heal.

·          In spite of this, the leaders, who should have been a channel of God’s blessing to Israel, now censure it.

·          The multitudes marvel, but don’t believe.


·          He can deal with causes and not just symptoms.

·          Liberation from sin and Satan is a cause for great testimony.  “Nothing like this has ever been done before.”

·          Wonder doesn’t necessarily result in salvation.
















[1]Henry, Matthew, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers) 1997.

[i]The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.

[ii]Henry, Matthew, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers) 1997.

[iii]Thomas Nelson, Inc., King James Version Study Bible [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1988  by Liberty University.

[iv]Henry, Matthew, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers) 1997.

[v]Henry, Matthew, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers) 1997.

[vi]J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1981 by J. Vernon McGee.