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…
What does Jesus mean when he says in Matthew 5:23-24, “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift”?
He’s referring to bringing a sacrifice or an offering to the temple to present as a gift to God as an act of worship.
And he says that if while you are doing this you remember that someone has something against you, you must first go and make it right, or God will not find the act of worship acceptable.
Now, I suppose the question largely has to do with what Jesus means when he speaks of someone “having something against you”.
We should be very clear about this. He doesn’t mean that your worship is unacceptable to God just because your neighbor is upset with you, regardless of why he is upset. He means that your neighbor has a legitimate grievance against you because you have sinned against him. You have br…
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…