Howbeit¹ Jesus suffered him not²,
but saith unto him,
Go³ home⁴ to thy friends,
and tell⁵ them how great things the Lord
hath done for thee,
and hath had compassion⁶ on thee.
¹) But, moreover.
²) Sent him away, did not permit him, allowed him not.
³) Go away, depart.
⁴) To your house.
⁵) Make known.
⁶) To have mercy on…
But Jesus refused to permit him, but said to him, Go home to your own [family and relatives and friends] and bring back word to them of how much the Lord has done for you, and [how He has] had sympathy for you and mercy on you. [AMP] And he did not permit him but said to him, "Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." [ESV] but he wouldn't let him. Jesus said, "Go home to your own people. Tell them your story--what the Master did, how he had mercy on you." [MSB] Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. [KJV] Jesus did not let him, but said, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." [NIV] But Jesus said, "No, go home to your friends, and tell them what wonderful things the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been." [NLT] However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you." [NKJV]
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Howbeit, Jesus suffered him not,
Jesus did not allow him to follow Him, as He wanted him to be a missionary for Him, in the region where he was so well known.
This was a far nobler calling, than to follow Him where nobody had ever heard of him, and where other trophies not less illustrious could be raised by the same power and grace.
Now let us reflect on this
Jesus told him: “Tell them what great things the Lord has done for you” (Mark 5:19).
The healed man from Gadara would have loved to go with the Lord.
He had become bound to Him by His powerful acts.
What a miracle it is, when the Lord gives a new way, out of grace alone.
The man had neither asked for it, nor looked for the Lord.
But the Lord Himself had come to him from sheer goodness.
As with us, the Lord loved him before this man loved Him.
No wonder that after experiencing so much love, He was connected to Him.
Yet the healed man was not allowed to come along.
He was to go home with a message to his family and tell of the great things the Lord had done to him.
That was the Lord’s command.
In this the Lord would be glorified and at the same time the healed man had to learn, to live by faith. No more, and nothing else, was left to him but the Word of God.
That was what he had to learn, that is also what all those who work for the Lord, who are preaching salvation, must learn. And that was also necessary for the disciples later on.
The Lord was taken up into heaven and they were left on the earth with orders to preach. But they were not left alone, as orphans. They received His Holy Spirit filling them, and they had His Word too. And that’s enough.
The Word is the rod with which His own may go on His way.
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