DEAR AND MUCH ESTEEMED BROTHER Beebe: – If it is not asking too much, I would be much obliged if you will give your views through the SIGNS on Matthew ix. 30, 31, especially why Jesus charged those to whom he had given site to see that no man know it, and then that they spread and abroad.
ELIZABETH J. STEWART.
Hoover’s Run, Feb. 18, 1880.
REPLY: – The text reads thus: “And their eyes were opened; in Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.”
This account is given of two blind man who had faith in Jesus that he was able to give them sight, and that if he should exercise his power it would be an act of mercy. Their faith or confidence was implied in their recognition of him as the Son of a David, and in their prayer for mercy and his hands, but still more clearly manifested by the manner in which that mercy was bestowed. “And Jesus said unto them, believe ye that I am able to do this? And they said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened.” Whether these men had true evangelical faith in him as the Savior of sinners, as the Son of God, and that he was there Savior from sin and perdition, or not, it is clear that they had implicit confidence that he was able to open their blind eyes, and enabled them to see the surrounding things of nature; for according to their faith in his ability to give them site, it was done unto them.
Why Jesus charged them to “see that no man know it,” we are not informed, and therefore will not presume to tell; but it is said in prophecy of him, “He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street,” &c. – Isaiah xlii. 2. The success of his mission did not rest on any ostentatious display to make him popular in the estimation of men, and he often retired from the multitudes of men who were anxious to witness the miracles which he so frequently wrought.
It is not said that these men disobeyed the strict charge which Jesus gave them, by letting men know that Jesus had open their eyes; but it is said that they spread abroad his fame in all that country. We are not informed in what way they spread abroad his fame.
But in a spiritual application of Christ’s saving power and grace in giving the light of immortal life to us, when he opened our blind eyes, and shined in our hearts, to give us the light of the knowledge of his Glory shining in the face of our Redeemer, although we felt desirous to let everybody know of it, we soon found that we could not make any others see what we saw, nor understand what we felt; but still it has been the most delightful employment in which we have ever been engaged to spread far abroad the fame of our glorious Deliver.
Elder Gilbert Beebe,
Middletown N Y., May 15, 1880.
Signs of the Times,
Volume 48, No. 10
May 15, 1880