A leper healed (6 of 8)
Mark 1:43 (KJV)
And he straitly¹ charged him,
and forthwith sent him away
From other translations:
And Jesus charged him sternly (sharply and threateningly, and with earnest admonition) and [acting with deep feeling thrust him forth and] sent him away at once, [AMP] And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, [ESV] Jesus dismissed him with strict orders: [MSB] Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: [NIV] Then Jesus sent him on his way and told him sternly, [NLT] And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, [NKJV]
Now let us see what this verse is telling us.
Only in Mark.
Luke 5:14 has ‘commanded’.
Mark’s word occurs also in Luke 14:5 and in Matthew 9:30 and John 11:38 .
It is a strong word for the snorting of a horse and expresses powerful emotion as Jesus stood here face to face with leprosy, itself a symbol of sin and all its train of evils.
It seems strange that the Lord Jesus now suddenly addresses the healed and cleansed man so strictly (cf. Mark 14:5; Matthew 9:30).
The Lord Jesus immediately sends him away because he must first have himself declared clean by the priest before he is allowed to go back to the people.
The reason for Jesus’ severity may have to do with the fact that He does not want His healings to take the center stage. We often come across such a prohibition to make Jesus known. (see Mark 7:36 and more or less also Mark 8:26; cf. also Mark 8:30).
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