In reading through the gospel of Mark recently, I ran across a peculiar passage.
Mark 1:40-45 is the simple story of Jesus healing a leper. Stories of this nature are strewn throughout the Bible. What struck me was not the miracle itself or even the Lord’s compassion, but the Lord’s instructions to the leper after He healed him.
And sternly charging him, immediately He thrust him out, and said to him, See that you say nothing to anyone… –Mark 1:42-43
Why did Jesus charge him not to tell anyone?