Mark records in his Gospel and in chapter 8 verse 26 this “Then He sent him away to his house, saying, ‘Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.”
He says, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town,” another command to keep quiet about the miracle. This was not a universal rule but was limited to Bethsaida. Why? Christ had done many mighty works there, but the townspeople had rejected them in unbelief. As a result, He had pronounced a woe upon them (Matthew 11:21). In Jesus’ command to the healed man, Bethsaida received a mild but significant judgment for not responding to His works.
Rejection of spiritual blessing causes loss of spiritual privilege. If we do not want God in our lives, He will let us follow our free will, and He will leave. Today, the descendants of the ancient Israelites, who should know better, should beware as their legislators and courts ban God from their nations. If they continue to reject God, He will surely respond with a stern rebuke. If that happens, woe to Jacob’s descendants!
We must all contemplate this judgment on Bethsaida and on all those who fail to honour their spiritual privileges. It is never too late to turn to God in repentance which is truly wonderful and there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus.
So as we go about our daily activities at work (or play) may I encourage all of us to reflect on the wonderful privileges we enjoy as Christians and not to become complacent. Also I encourage those reading this who don’t follow God and who have not accepted Christ as Saviour to re consider carefully please, as one day God will simply leave you alone!