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Why Nehemiah kept his mission secret at first:

so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and re-entered through the Valley Gate.  The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.  – NIV Nehemiah 2:15-16

Nehemiah kept his mission a secret and surveyed the walls by moonlight to avoid unhealthy gossip about his arrival and to prevent enemies from being alerted to his plans. Only after planning carefully would he be ready to go public with his mission from God.  A premature announcement could have caused rivalry among the Jews as to the best way to begin.  In this case, Nehemiah didn’t need tedious planning sessions; he needed one plan that would bring quick action.

 

Why Jesus wanted to keep miracles a:

Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.  – NIV Mark 7:36

Jesus asked the people not to talk about his healing, because he didn’t want to be seen simply as a miracle worker. He didn’t want the people to miss his real message.  We must not be so concerned about what Jesus can do for us that we forget to listen to his message.

 

Why did Jesus often act secretly?

However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. – NIV John 7:10

Jesus came with the greatest gift ever offered, so why did he often act so secretly? The religious leaders hated him, and many would refuse his gift of salvation, no matter what he said or did.  The more Jesus taught and worked publicly, the more these leaders would cause trouble for him and his followers.  So it was necessary for Jesus to teach and work as quietly as possible.  Many people today have the privilege of teaching, preaching, and worshipping publicly with little persecution.  These believers should be grateful and make the most of their opportunities to proclaim the gospel.

 

No believers have spiritual knowledge:

the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  –  NIV Colossians 1:26-27

The false teachers in the Colossian church believed that spiritual perfection was a secret and hidden plan that only a few privileged people could discover. Their secret plan was meant to be exclusive.  Paul said that he was proclaiming the word of God in its fullness, not just a part of the plan.  He also called God’s plan a “mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations”, not in the sense that only a few would understand, but because it was hidden until Christ came.  Through Christ it was made open to all.  God’s secret plan is “Christ is in you, the hope of glory” – God planned to have his Son, Jesus Christ, live in the hearts of all who believe in him – even Gentiles like the Colossians.  Do you know Christ?  He is not hidden if you will come to him.

 

©Kingsway International Church 1973.

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