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A Reason for the Secrecy

43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere. Mark 1:43-45

The man healed from leprosy had two jobs: go to the priest and offer sacrifices. As far as we know, he was disobedient in both. Of course he had the greatest news in the world: he was now free!

This non-action seemed to hinder Jesus’ ministry. Once again, news had spread fast.

As we’ve seen throughout Scripture and from what we know, Jesus needs obedient followers. There was a good reason for this man to do as he was told, but he ignored it. There’s a reason why the Bible teaches us to do things and to avoid other things. It’s for our own well-being and that of the church. I can’t think of there being “rules” in place, as your parents used to say, “just because.”

Everyone reading this knows right from wrong and good from bad, whether it’s dictated in Scripture or not. We’ve read the Bible enough to know to do. We need refreshers every day, but in general, we know. And yet, we can still be disobedient in some of the basic things.

Sin nature rears its head yet again. Pride. Distrust. Unbelief. Worry. Selfishness. They all factor into our disobedience. Catching ourselves before we go too far becomes more of a challenge.

But, once again, the Holy Spirit helps us when we need and we call out for His help. The thing is, we all know the truth, and we also know when we’re vulnerable, which is exactly the time to be calling out.

May the Holy Spirit put a check in your spirit when you’re about to go astray. May you be obedient to His voice throughout each day, every day. Amen.

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