Do you remember? A leper asks Jesus if He’s willing to heal him. Jesus says He’s willing. Heals the man. Commands the guy not to tell anyone. And then sends him off to see a Jewish priest! Why? Why the command to tell no one what happened, followed by a command to tell someone he’s healed?
How does that work? Tell no one about the healing? And yet, go through the rituals associated with the healing?
It does all make sense.
From a Jewish point of view, seeing the priest is the correct thing to do. It’s important to remember, Jesus was Jewish. And Jesus said He came to fulfill the Law, not to abolish it.
It also makes sense to tell no one, given the larger picture of why Jesus was on earth and what was going on at the time, with the Jewish people and the Jewish leaders.
Do you see the trend? Jewish. For a lot of us, that’s not how we live. Not Jewish. And certainly not 2,000 years ago Jewish! It is something I’ve spent a lot of time trying to learn about though. I have to say, it’s opened up a whole new view of what’s going on in the Bible. And while I’m Christian, it also puts a whole new perspective on what Jesus said. Therefore, on what He means as well. Truly eye-opening.
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