Sometimes we share, sometimes not

One of the earliest missionaries in the Bible is the man who was healed by Jesus from being demon-possessed (Mark 5). He had been troubled for many years before he met Jesus by the river and He commanded the demon (which we are told that there are many) to leave the man and sent them to the nearby pigs. After that , the man became sane and whole again.

Naturally, as would many of us nowadays do (or claim to be), he wanted to follow Jesus. Instead Jesus told him not to, and commanded him to go back home and tell his friends the great things which He has done for him. The man obeyed, and many marveled. That’s truly good news.

Later in the same chapter, Jesus healed a little girl at her home. Only her parents, Peter, James and John were present when Jesus commanded her to “arise”. Everyone had thought that she was already dead by then. But “… arose and walked…” (v. 42). This is a great miracle! However, this time around, Jesus strictly forbid those who witnessed it to tell anyone about the whole healing.

Why was it that the demon-possessed man who was healed was told to share with his friends, but on the contrary, those who saw the little girl being raised from the dead were told to be silent about it? What is the difference between these two incidents of healing that warrants a totally different response from the one being healed?

 

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