A Command that Didn’t Make Sense (Mark 1:40-45)


Mark 1.40-45“STOP!” I stopped. I didn’t ask questions, I just stopped. I was learning how to drive and my dad told me to stop. I don’t remember why. I probably missed hitting a car, or a pedestrian, or running a red light, but whatever it was it was very important!

A man who had leprosy—a highly contagious and fatal skin disease—had just boldly approached Jesus and asked for healing. Jesus was moved with compassion and healed him, of course! But then Jesus did something strange.

And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
Mark 1:43-44

This didn’t make sense to the man who had just been healed, so he didn’t listen. Perhaps he went to the priests, but he didn’t keep silent about it! It was just his natural impulse—to tell the world what Jesus had done for him. But even though the man did it out of thanks, it was against Jesus’ specific command.

But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.
Mark 1:45

That man’s disobedience, even with good intentions, caused Jesus to have to remain in desolate places instead of being in the towns. It made Jesus a celebrity, but decreased the amount of good He could actually do.

Sometimes God’s commands don’t make any sense. Still, we need to be sure that if God asks us to do something, we do it—even if it doesn’t make sense. Jesus always has our best interest in mind, and I’m so thankful for that!

Something else my parents taught me—“Obey first, ask questions later.”

Timmy Baze 😀

sCRIPTURE PORTIONS TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION, COPYRIGHT © 2001 BY CROSSWAY BIBLES, A DIVISION OF GOOD NEWS PUBLISHERS.
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2 thoughts on “A Command that Didn’t Make Sense (Mark 1:40-45)

  1. Hi Timmy, now that you are a good driver would you accept on blind faith the urgent command of a 12-year old passenger in your car to “STOP!” ? Would it matter if stopping would put you on train tracks with the locomotive fast approaching? What if (I am not saying they would! Just what if…) your parents asked you to steal some building materials to build a graven image to Lucifer in your church sanctuary — on the Sabbath?
    Now that you have matured, as a man and a Man of God, would you still “obey first and ask questions later?”
    I don’t disagree with your post. At all. In theory.
    But isn’t it a lot tougher, in practice at least, to ensure the voice we hear or command we think we have been given — comes from God rather than… some other less-savory source?
    It seems to me that if we were to be completely truthful, we often make this decision based on the religious affiliation of the person claiming to have heard God’s voice…rather than really trying to determine if someone is following God’s will.
    For example, I might allow or even help an Adventist do something on my property if they claimed to have been commanded to do it by God… Where I might reject the exact same proposal out-of-hand if it came from a baptist, or Muslim, or the Pope…
    or some profanity-using fisherman who I witnessed cutting some dude’s ear off and denying Christ three times after promising not to?
    Just because I challenge you (and am argumentative and obnoxious), don’t think I don’t enjoy your posts immensely and look forward to them. While I often disagree, I eagerly read your well-written and well-reasoned posts, you make me really consider and evaluate my faith, your posts stretch me and make me grow, and your words have deepened my relationship with God and people.
    At the end of the day, that is what the words of a Man of God should accomplish, right?
    Thank you for your valuable time and energy you devote to this blog. For us. I appreciate it greatly and am sure many other do as well. Scotty b.

    • Hey Scotty! I sure do appreciate your reading this blog! You’re right–when it comes to obeying first, it’s good to consider the source. And you sure are right–it’s right hard sometimes to figure out what that source is! So we’ve got to be discerning and figure out the source before we just blindly obey it. We’ve got to get some proof that the source is legitimate. Jesus proved Himself when he healed the man of leprosy, but the man still didn’t listen. And you know what I find neat? Jesus didn’t come back and reprimand the guy. He didn’t curse him and reverse the miracle, sending the man back into the throes of leprosy. He didn’t do anything of the sort!
      I continually stand amazed at God’s patience with us.

      Thanks so much for reading our blog–your words sure do mean a lot to us and help us to have the motivation to keep going! I’ll look forward to more comments from you–even if you do disagree 🙂

      God bless,
      Timmy Baze

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