Monday, September 15, 2014

Doing What You Said to Do - Mark 1:40-45 Post 6

Chalkboard: Mark 1:40-45 Post 6You told him not to tell anyone.
You told him that his testimony to "them" (to the priests or the people?) was to go to the priest and offer the sacrifices (Mark 1:40-45).

That was the proper way to behave after being healed of leprosy.  I don't know WHY, but it was.  And You wanted him to do it that way.  But he

It's easy for me to forgive him for telling when he wasn't supposed to because I recognize myself.  
Because I understand his excitement, his desire to tell everyone.
Because it seems like it was only logical to tell. 
Because it seems to me that it would be better for Your ministry for him to tell.
Because I think: He doesn't HAVE to tell, people are going to NOTICE, people are going to ASK.
Because I don't fully understand why it was a big deal for him not to tell.

But just because I don't understand or can't see, doesn't mean it doesn't matter.
I don't always fully understand how or why the results of my disobedience matter - but they do.

I wonder a lot of things:

I wonder if the healing would have been less well-known but had greater legitimacy if he had done as Jesus said?
    maybe the priest would have been impacted 
      maybe the priest speaking FOR him would have been more powerful and effective 
      maybe he's not very good at getting his information straight or getting his point across. 

I wonder if people drew the conclusion that You were a healer and missed that You were a teacher - and much more?
I wonder if You would have been able to enter towns openly for a while longer yet if he had listened to You?
I wonder why that even matters if people were coming to You anyway?

What You asked him to do wasn't hard.  It's not like You sent him on some major quest...
Well, ok, maybe it WAS hard.

It's hard not to tell when something wonderful has happened, especially when others are allowed to tell, and even more when you don't understand WHY you can't tell.

And maybe that's the point.  Sometimes obeying You means setting aside my logic, my justification for what I want to do, my longing for what I want to do and just - obeying You.

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