Don’t Tell Anyone

— Aaron

Why did Jesus tell people that he healed to not tell anyone about it? The following is one of many examples. Matthew 8:1-4

“Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.””

So, isn’t telling people about the good things He does for us usually a good thing? So why wasn’t it a good thing these times? (One thing worth noting: He only told His fellow Jewish people not to tell anyone. Whenever He healed a Gentile, He specifically commanded them to tell others.) It really makes me wonder why.

My speculations:

  1. The Jewish people grew up hearing stories of the miracles done. Hearing it second or third hand wouldn’t change their life any more than the Scriptures they’d already heard and which they didn’t let change them.
  2. If the people really got excited about it, perhaps they would have had the response, “Let’s go see this guy – it sounds like he puts on quite a show!”
  3. Maybe the crowds were already so big Jesus just didn’t want to them to get any bigger, for the safety of the people in the crowds.

None of these speculations fully satisfy me, though. What do you think?

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One thought on “Don’t Tell Anyone

  1. Thats a good question, I never really thought about it. I would think that since Jews were still bound to the law (since Jesus hadn’t yet dies and rose again), that He was commanding them to follow the law as they were obligated to. Perhaps making a big scene out of it would have cause the Jews to forsake the law and God (as they have done before) and only worship the miracles of Jesus, ignoring who He was and the sacrifice He eventually had to make.

    I hope you get more comments on this, I’m very interested to see what people think.

    -Rich

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