As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!”
But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.” — Matthew 9:32-34.
This seems to have occurred as soon as the blind men which had been healed left him. Possibly it was from what they had observed of his power in healing the two blind men which encouraged the friends of the demon-possessed mute to bring him to Jesus for healing. The dumbness was not natural, but was the effect of the demon possession.
Jesus strikes at the root case of the malady; He ejects the demon from the man. Immediately, the mute man becomes normal and speaks!
The multitudes are amazed because many wonders had been seen in Israel, but not as many as those performed by one person, Jesus. “It was never seen like this in Israel!”
Pharisees: “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.”
The Pharisees are unable to deny obvious visible facts and — in order to prevent the effect of Jesus’ marvelous works from convincing the people that Jesus is truly the Messiah and following Him — are moved by bitter spite to imply that instead of being the Messiah, or a prophet, He casts out demons by the help of their ruler (Beelzebub, cf. Matthew 12:24; Luke 11:15).
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.