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Why did Jesus tell the recently healed blind man not to return to the village in Mark 8:26?



      

Mark 8:26

NKJV - 26 Then He sent him away to his house, saying, "Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The narrative indicates that multiple people had brought this man to Jesus for healing, but that Jesus had made a point of taking the man away to a separate location outside the village, where those people would not be present.

In my opinion, Jesus' instruction to the man to go directly home without going back into the village (where those who had brought him to Jesus would undoubtedly be waiting) was similar to other instructions He gave in connection with His acts of healing that the individuals tell no one what had happened, because He was performing those acts out of love and mercy, and not for the purpose of publicizing or bringing glory to Himself.

He had shown this same mindset earlier (again, in my opinion) when He had refused Satan's temptation to throw Himself off the pinnacle of the Temple (although Mark did not relate that specific temptation in his gospel), which would not only have been putting God to the test, but also would have been seeking to gain notice or fame by means of a public spectacle, rather than by addressing people's needs for physical and (more importantly) spiritual healing.

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