This is YOUR chance to be involved!

This is YOUR chance to be involved! This is where YOU can ask me ANY question! Then, from time to time, I will post some of the best questions and answers. Keep logging in to see if I post YOUR QUESTION!

Here’s the first one…

“In Mark 1:44, Jesus tells the leper, ‘do not tell any man but the priest, go your way, and say nothing.’ But, in Mark 5:19, Jesus told the man possessed by Legion, after Legion was gone, to go, tell your friends what glorious things I have done, go your way and tell.’ Why?

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This is a GREAT question! Why does Jesus say one thing to one person and then the total opposite thing to someone else? Where’s the connection?

I think that the secret to understanding the conflict between Mark 1:44 and Mark 5:19 is possibly found in John 5:19&20.
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.”

It may be hard to accept at first, but the Bible teaches that part of the humility that Jesus took on in the often quoted Philippians 2:5-8 passage is no longer knowing everything.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Jesus, then, paints the picture of what our relationship to God ourselves should be: total trust and constant communication with God. “…the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing.” Jesus often knew the hearts of the people around Him, but only because God told Him. (Hard to accept? Read Luke 2:52 and ask yourself how Jesus could know everything but still increase in wisdom. Isn’t everything everything?)
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”

Keep that in mind as we continue. God revealed to Jesus His calling to the people of Israel (He quoted Isaiah 61), but not necessarily His calling to ALL men. This explains His amazement at the faith of the centurian (Matt. 8:5-13) and the faith of the Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:24-30). [Side note: He admits that others (non-Jews) will come from far and wide (Matt. 8:11-12) to feast with the chosen (Jews), which fulfills Isaiah 59:19, but He also knows that (to that point) He is called only to the Jews (Mark 7:27), which fulfills Isaiah 59:20.]

Then, God reveals to Jesus that His calling is for the whole world (since NO ONE can come to the Father unless He draws them (John 6:44) in John 12:20-22 and Jesus immediately realizes that the time of His death and the fulfillment of the promise has come. (John 12:23-26).

So, what does this all mean? There WAS a difference between the two people. Jesus wanted His message to be heard among the Jews, and have the Gospel backed up by His miracles, not the other way around, or else His Gospel message would have been lost (see John 6:25-29; they chased Him not for His message, but for the benefit of His miracles). But, for the non-Jews, they were free to say what they wanted. Jesus Himself would not go to the land of Gadarene, but this man (instead of following Jesus) could go and tell all that Jesus had done for him. Not only would this spread the Glory of God, but would also fulfill many prophesies. (see Isaiah 49:5-6 and others.)

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