Sixth Sunday After Epiphany
Week of: February 12, 2017
Scripture: Mark 1:44-45 *
" 'See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing as a testimony to them.' Instead (the man) went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him everywhere."
(Mark 1:44-45, NIV*)
After healing the man with leprosy, Jesus commanded him to keep silent about it. The time was not yet right to reveal this healing to everyone.
However, caught up in his own excitement, the man did the exact opposite of what Jesus had commanded. As a result this had a potential negative effect on Jesus’ ministry – he could no longer enter a town openly.