WHY THE SECRET?

 

“And He cured many who were afflicted with various diseases; and He drove out many demons, but would not allow the demons to talk because they knew Him”

Mark 1:34 AMP

 

“And said to him, See that you tell nothing [of this] to anyone; but begone, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your purification what Moses commanded, as a proof (an evidence and witness) to the people [that you are really healed].

Mark 1:44 AMP

 

 

Jesus commands silence on three types of occasions. 

1.     The first involves demons, who “knew who he was”.

2.     The second involves people who have been healed, who may not understand who he is, but who do have a story to tell about what he has done.

3.     The third occasion involves the disciples after they confess him as “the Christ” (Mark 8:30;  9:9)

 

What is the purpose of all this secrecy?  Let’s take a closer look.

 

The disciples, whose confession Peter states in Mark 8:29, had come to recognize Jesus over a period of time.  They had followed him around, heard his teaching, observed his miracles and gone out to do the same at his command.  Their faith had grown during that time.  More important, Jesus had been able to define for them how he saw his own mission.

Unfortunately, Judaism did not have the same clarity about the Messiah and his mission.  Some groups among the Jews were not looking for any Messiah.  The golden age had come with the Maccabean victories in 164 B.C.  As long as the temple functioned, deliverance, for them, was not needed.

Others (for example, the people who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls) believed in two Messiahs.  One would be a descendant of David who would rule as king, while the other would be a descendant of Aaron who would purify temple worship as high priest.  For both groups Scripture and the experience of Hasmonean priest-kings from 164 to 163 B.C. had proved that the roles of ruler and priest could not be combined.  Still others were looking for a warrior-king who would deliver them from the Romans.  In fact several people presented themselves as candidates for the office (Acts 5:36-37 has only a partial list), and one, Simeon Ben Kosiba, would lead the Jews to a final defeat in A.D. 135.

 

Therefore the title “Christ,” or “Messiah,” was a dangerous one.  It would immediately excite people’s preconceived imaginations about what that figure was supposed to do.  It would mark him out to the Romans as a rebel leader.  And it would close people off to Jesus’ own self-definition of his role.  Because of this Jesus always referred to himself as the “Son of Man.”

In Ezekiel this phrase means “human being.”  In Palestinian Aramaic it could simply be a modest way of saying “I”.  But it also appears in Daniel 7:13 for a being who receives power and authority from God.

Therefore the phrase had three possible meanings, and only context could determine which was intended.  Because of this ambiguity, people had to listen to Jesus to see how he used the term rather than attach to it their own preconceived meanings.  This is precisely what Jesus wanted and needed until he had accomplished all he had to do.  So he told his disciples not to say anything until he had “risen from the dead”; he did not need their semi-understanding assistance in explaining who he is.

 

Fortunately, for us today, He does not want us to keep His identity secret.  He wants us to shout it from the rooftops; teach of Him in our homes, work places, in the marketplace, or where ever the opportunity comes.

Are you keeping Him secret?

 

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Carrie Bradshaw 7 years ago from Manhattan

Hi Whezo!  1 Corinthians 2:8 states "for it they had known it (the truth of His identity), they would not have crucified the Lord of glory!"  Jesus had to hide his identity so the will of the Father would be done to save all of us who believe on HIs name and receive His Holy Spirit!  Now we CAN and are COMMISSIONED to shout it from the rooftops! There is no stopping Him now! AMEN!


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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

Amen.


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Wehzo 7 years ago from Detroit, MI Author

Amen! Thank you Carrie for your valued contributions and insights.

Thank you too, fortunerep, for your support and gracious comments.

God Bless


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Carrie Bradshaw 7 years ago from Manhattan

Always a pleasure to read your material ~~ so glad we're connected here!


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Wehzo 7 years ago from Detroit, MI Author

Like iron sharpens iron, so does man sharpen man; or woman :). It is my pleasure and honor to know you, albeit through the internet :).

God Bless


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Nicely done! You certainly have a clear understanding of Scripture and a discerning spirit. You're a good writer, too, and I enjoy all of your Hubs.


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Wehzo 7 years ago from Detroit, MI Author

Thank you very much James; I appreciate your uplifting comments and support. I am honored to call you brother.

God Bless You


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no body 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

Insightful and always a pleasure to read my brother. Love ya man.


Wehzo 7 years ago

Thank you no body, I appreciate your continued support. I might also add ... "This is how we'll know each other, the love we have for one another", love you too brother.

God Bless You


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Born Again 05 7 years ago from Honesdale

Praise the Lord! Enjoyed your hub. I share the 'secret' at every opportunity!


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Wehzo 7 years ago from Detroit, MI Author

Thank you Born Again 05, for your gracious commets and support to this hub. Especially your support to the Word of God.

God Bless


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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado

I continue to take this all in. Thank you!


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Wehzo 7 years ago from Detroit, MI Author

Thank you Katie39, for your gracious comment.

God Bless You


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Great hub. I'll follow your hubs.


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prayzpoetess 6 years ago from Jefferson

Thank you dear brother!!! I am proud to scream to the world that Jesus is my savior!

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