- Matthew 12:15-21
- Mark 3:7-19
- Luke 6:12-19
- Matthew 5:1-48
- Luke 6:20-36
“Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all and ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah.” –Matthew 12:15-17, ESV
In all the prophecy regarding the coming Messiah, I cannot remember a single one that said He would tell people not to speak of what He had done. Even in this passage today, He healed everyone who came, but He told them not to speak of it. The healing fulfilled prophecy, but the request for silence appears to be apart from prophecy.
In considering God’s will for a life, we would be wise to remember that sometimes His will comes without a specific, step-by-step game plan. God’s will for Jesus earthly life was for Him to live blamelessly, fulfill the prophecies of the Messiah, die a sacrificial death, and be raised to conquer death. It seems that within that will, there were ways Jesus could go about fulfilling those purposes without straying from the will of the Father. In living our lives, in fulfilling the purposes God set before us, it seems the same is probably true. Living in God’s will may provide creative freedom to fulfill His plan in the remarkable uniqueness He created us to possess.