“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.”
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.
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 😀