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…
Our Father in heaven, we
confess that you alone are God and that all authority in heaven and on earth belongs
Your dominion is an everlasting dominion, and your kingdom endures from
generation to generation.
You change times and seasons; you remove kings and set up kings.
You execute judgment, putting down one and lifting up another,
and no one on earth wields power without having received it from you. Therefore, we acknowledge
that it is by your will that Donald Trump has come to be the president of the
United States. We pray that he may
recognize this as well and that the thought of it would humble him and cause
him to tremble under the weight of so great a responsibility, remembering that
he shall one day have to give an account for the sacred trust you have given
him. May he see himself as your servant, called to do your will. May he seek
you with all his heart, and find you. Hear him, when he prays to you.
And please hear us, too, as we pray on his behalf. G…