Mark Has Some Good News, Part 30, Do What I Tell You Not To

Mark 7:

Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."

You have to wonder if Jesus was doing all this covert savior stuff to just reverse psychology people into making a big fuss about him. I mean he's an all knowing God he knows they weren't going to listen so why keep asking them to be quiet. I don't know to be completely honest so I can only read this and see how what Jesus transfers over into what I do.

And I think he wants them to keep talking about them. Tryon Edwards once said "Facts are Gods arguments, we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them." And what we keep seeing is the fact that Jesus tells people to be quiet but knows people will not we have to draw a conclusion from what we know as fact.

This gives a scary credence to use a "Do what I expect but not what I tell you" approach in ministry and life. I know in youth ministry this idea might as well be fact. If you tell the kids lights out at 11:00 you know very well they'll fall asleep at 1:00, that just youth ministry 101. Almost every youth pastor worth their salt does it and it works. Some religious neat nick type people will try to tell you that's deception, in essence lying but I don't buy it. Jesus knew about his own importance, fame, reaction, impact. Yet he said one thing and as we can see in His divine character, expected another.

That's Jesus doing what He does best, being God