Mark 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; 44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.
Our relationship with God starts by faith with a belief and a confession (Romans 10:9, 10). Faith and belief are of the heart and invisible to men. Our belief is seen in our outward obedience, and it may be observed by men. Some say they believe God’s Word is food for our spirit but feeding on it every day shows your belief. Actions of obedience speak louder than words and mere lip service.
There was a great miracle that happened, but there was also disobedience.
- v. 43 ‑ Jesus straitly charged and forthwith sent him away;
- v. 44 ‑ And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man….
- 45 ‑ But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city….
As a result of his disobedience, the ministry of Jesus in that city was affected. The leper possibly didn’t understand that God sees the overall picture. God is all knowing (Omniscient), and God sees the end from the beginning while we, at times, only see part of the picture or only know in part.
It is forever recorded in Scripture: the leper was wrong and Jesus was right.
In closing, we live in a generation who are always wanting reasons, always wanting alternatives or options to choose from, always wanting to know what are the benefits in it for me. If the reasons are reasonable, if the options are acceptable, if the benefits are appealing, then we’ll obey. But remember, these two thoughts:
1) God seldom gives us all the reasons for His commands to obey, and
2) God is smarter than we are.