27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. Matthew 9:27-31
It’s interesting how these blind men referred to Jesus when they first approached, “Son of David.” Word had spread quickly about this healer Jesus. It had also spread quickly about who He was.
So, why did Jesus warn them not to tell others?
Jesus healed these men indoors, which is significant. He could have performed the miracle outdoors for everyone to see, but He didn’t. He was shielding the men from curious onlookers and gazers. Who wouldn’t want to see exactly when two blind men could see and how this Jesus performed the miracle?
At first I thought Jesus was actually giving them approval to go out, much like He was saying one thing but smiling and believing something totally different. The text is, in fact, a stern warning not to tell others. He was trying to protect them and His early ministry. I know, it was a hard thing to ask the men because it’d be natural to want to tell the whole world what happened.
The text also said that the men went out and told others anyways. To my knowledge nothing untoward happened to the men, but that’s not the point. He told them not to tell others for a reason.
The takeaway from this is the obvious one, when God tells us to refrain from doing something or to do something, it’s for our own good. It’s been captured, written, transcribed multiple times, and is now in our Scripture for a good reason. We may not even know that reason but we don’t have to.
Being obedient to what we know to be true is the important part.