Jesus, having healed – cleansed – this leprous man, then asks him to keep it quiet. The Bible does not tell us why Jesus wanted Him to keep quiet, though it infers it had to do with the crowds. Jesus’ influence has been building, and building fast.
Perhaps He was interested in the man fulfilling the requirements of the law, by going to the priest and making the offering required by the law. Perhaps it was actually a crowd control move by Jesus.
Here’s the account:
And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away, and He said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.” But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news about, to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas; and they were coming to Him from everywhere. ~ Mark 1:43-45
What happens when Jesus touches you?
Our leprous friend was touched – changed – so deeply and so completely, that there was no way for Him to keep silent. Even with Jesus telling him in no uncertain terms to keep quiet, he is telling everyone.
Now we have a new commandment – commission – “go and preach.”
Jesus has not told you to keep quiet – quite the contrary – “as you go, preach,” “as you go, teach.”
The leper was clean, and wanted to tell everyone.
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