Keep Your Mouth Closed!
Luke 8:54-56 NIV
But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
We are at the final verse of this passage of scripture and ironically, I am not exactly sure what to say or how to respond to the final instruction that Jesus gives to the parents of this little girl who was on her death bead but is now up and eating. Jesus tells them, in essence, to KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSED...do NOT tell anyone what has happened.
How could they keep their mouths closed? How could they be silent about the raising of their daughter from a deathly sleep? How could Jesus possibly expect them to obey such a strange instruction to keep this good thing to themselves? This was a MIRACLE - a supernatural occurrence - in their own home that had happened right before their eyes and Jesus tells them to keep it to themselves.
Jesus instruction seems to be the exact opposite of what these parents should do. I mean, think about it. If it was YOU, wouldn't you want to tell somebody and almost anybody or everybody about this GOOD thing, this GOD happening in your life? In fact, people might even beg you to tell your story. What happened in that room? What did Jesus say? Did the disciples help him? What was her first meal or her first words? Do you think Jesus will stop by my house next?
But in order to stop the chatter before it starts, Jesus ORDERED these parents NOT to tell anyone what had happened. Jesus ORDERED these parents to KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!
Well, that is a really great question BlogFam! And I cannot say
that I definitely know the answer to your really great question. However, I will say this about that: There are miracles that happen in our lives for which we could never offer a satisfactory explanation for why or how they happened and I want to suggest to you that it is in those times that we are to keep our mouths shut and let the miracle speak for itself/herself/himself.
I do believe that perhaps, this is where we find ourselves in this last verse of Luke 8. We find these parents SPEECHLESS because no words that they could have used would have been adequate to enough to articulate the miracle that they had just witnessed. And so, Jesus orders them to just be quiet. And I do think that this is a piece of advice for all of us. YES, I do believe that we should testify about the goodness of the Lord but I also believe that there are some things that will happen in your life that you could NOT explain even if you tried. There are also some things that will happen in your life that even if you tried to explain, people probably would not believe you anyway. Therefore, there are times, just as we see here, that we must keep our mouths shut and let the miracle speak for itself!
Friends, I know that this might seem hard. I know that it might not even sound or feel like the right thing to do. I know that you do not want to feel embarrassed or act ashamed of God's goodness towards you. I understand all of those thoughts running through your head and more importantly, so does Jesus. And yet, for whatever holy reason, Jesus orders these astonished parents to be silent and we must do the same. I do not think this applies to every time God works things out on our behalf but I do believe that our silence will be golden and in divine order when we find ourselves as the recipients of certain blessings from the Lord.
BlogFam, KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSED because it is OK
to let certain miracles SPEAK for themselves!
God Loves You and I Do Too!!!
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