Read:

  • Mark 1:21-28
  • Luke 4:31-37
  • Matthew 8:14-17
  • Mark 1:29-34
  • Luke 4:38-41
  • Matthew 4:23-25
  • Mark 1:35-39
  • Luke 4:42-5:11
  • Matthew 8:1-4
  • Mark 1:40-45
  • Luke 5:12-16

“And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” –Mark 1:43-44, ESV

I wonder how often Jesus has tried to get us to be quiet about something He is doing. In an age of social media where I could tell you what a distant friend ate for breakfast, I wonder if we should be doing a little more pondering and a little less proclaiming.

For when this man spoke widely of what Jesus had done, it hampered His ability to enter towns unannounced. He could no longer walk the roads without a crowd clamoring for a teaching or a healing. He retreated to desolate places to pray; I can’t help but think it was to get away from the pressing crowds for a moment. If we pondered more and clamored less, maybe we could join Jesus in the desolate places. Rather than tugging on his cloak for another gift, another deliverance, maybe we could quietly wander out to the hillside and pray with Him. Maybe in clamoring less, we would be able to see that for which He prays and join Him in that pursuit.

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