Apr 23rd 2009, 05:41 PM
In Matthew 9:30 for example he said,
And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, "See that no one knows about it."
Why did he say, "Tell no one!" when I thought he would want people to know the miracles that he does.
Can you enlighten me please?
Apr 23rd 2009, 05:47 PM
Because His time had not come yet . . .
Tell folks about miracles and watch the flood rush in . . . including those who would want to kill Him.
Apr 23rd 2009, 05:50 PM
Got this from the ESV Study Bible. It might help you.
"show yourself to the priest. Jesus instructs the man to do what the law required for lepers to return to society. say nothing to anyone. Jesus carefully avoids stirring up a misunderstanding of his messianic identity. Although miracles attest to the authenticity of his message concerning the kingdom's arrival, he does not want to draw crowds who come simply for the sake of miracles. For other instances of what some have called the “messianic secret,”
Apr 23rd 2009, 06:23 PM
There are quite a few instances, especially in the book of John that states that Jesus' time had not come. (7:6;8:30;8:20)
Then there are instances where it is stated that his hour had come to be glorified. (12:23;13:1;16:32;17:1)
Apr 24th 2009, 09:00 AM
Thanks very much for your replies: I can see what you mean now.