Why did Jesus tell the people he healed not to tell anyone?
This is a curious thing, isn’t it? Especially in light of the fact that Jesus has commissioned us to make him known. We find that on several occasions during his earthly ministry that Jesus told the people whom he healed not to let anyone know about it.
This was not always the case, however. For instance, when Jesus delivered the Gerasene demoniac from the power of Satan, and the man “begged that he might be with him… Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you’” (Lk. 8:38-39). So here’s one time, at least, when Jesus told a man to tell everyone.
But on most other occasions he told people not to tell. In Matthew 9 we read about two blind men whom Jesus healed. It says, And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it” (Matt 9:30).In the first chapter of Mark we read of a leper who was healed; and it says, Jesus sternly charged him and sen…
The Bible doesn't expressly forbid the practice of cremation, but the examples we have in Scripture of the people of God caring for the remains of the dead are decidedly in favor of burial. And of course the burial of our Lord Jesus Christ serves as an example which Christians have generally wished to follow.
in Scripture, burning the dead was a sign of a person’s having died under God’s
curse. It was a punishment inflicted upon the corpse of a particularly
egregious offender. We see this punishment commanded, for instance, in the case
of Achan. By the command of God, Achan was stoned for his offense of stealing
from God, and his body was burned (Josh. 7:15,
25; see also Lev. 20:14;
number of cultures, both ancient and modern, have at different times practiced
cremation for various reasons—some for practical and others for religious
seems at first to have been the usual custom among the ancient Greeks; but
later cremation became widely practiced, e…
What does Jesus mean when he says that we are the salt of the earth?
In the ancient world salt was considered essential for maintaining life. The Roman author Pliny said, “Without salt human life cannot be sustained.” The book of Sirach (180 B.C.) has it that “The basic necessities of human life are water and fire and iron and salt and wheat flour and milk and honey, the blood of the grape and oil and clothing” (Sir. 39:26). In a certain Rabbinic writing, it is said, “The world cannot endure without salt.”
So valued was salt that in different cultures it was sometimes used as a form of money. No doubt you have heard the phrase, “So and so is not worth his salt.” The saying has its origin in workers being paid at least a portion of their wages in salt. If someone is not worth his salt, he is not worth what he is being paid. We have a reminder of this historical fact (salt as money) in our word “salary,” which comes from salarium, the Latin word for salt.