I always wondered why Jesus told the little girl’s parents not to say anything about the miracle of bringing her back from the dead. I always assumed and read in a few places that the reason was because Jesus wasn’t ready to begin heavy confrontations with the religious leaders. I’m sure this was part of it, but one of the notes in my Bible also suggested that Jesus also wanted to have the actions of His miracles speak for themselves. People were swarming all around Jesus and it was clear that He could heal the sick. He wanted people to come to Him freely, which is exactly how He wants us to come to Him now. He does not want us to be forced, but He wants us to make Him a part of our lives.
2012 Day 33 – Mark 5
02 Thursday Feb 2012
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Brian Manning said:
Today’s reading is interesting because the ending of the two stories are completely opposite. In the story of the possessed man, Jesus told him to go and tell everyone about what had happened to him. In the story about the little girl, Jesus instructed them to tell no one. The only link I can possibly make is that He knows that different people can receive the truth in different ways. Some can be persuaded by stories while others have to actually see the miracle for themselves. It could be that these contrasting stories are told together to teach us that it’s important as we go along to both tell people how we have been changed by Jesus, but to also live a life that reflects that change as well.