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Matt 16:20; Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.

Mark 8:29; And He continued by questioning them, "[COLOR=red]But who do you say that I am?[/COLOR]" Peter *answered and *said to Him, "You are the Christ."
Mark 8:30; And He warned them to tell no one about Him.

Matt 9:29; Then He touched their eyes, saying, [COLOR=red]"It shall be done to you according to your faith." [/COLOR]
Matt 9:30; And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: "[COLOR=red]See that no one knows about this!" [/COLOR]
Matt 9:31; But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land.

Luke 5:13; And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, "[COLOR=red]I am willing; be cleansed.[/COLOR]" And immediately the leprosy left him.
Luke 5:14; And He ordered him to tell no one, "But go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."

Luke 8:56; Her parents were amazed; but He instructed them to tell no one what had happened.

I just wonder.... why did Jesus often tell people not tell anyone what He did for them?
Of course many of them told many people anyway. But why... do you think He told them not to?

Matt 12:16; and warned them not to tell who He was.
Matt 16:20; Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.
Mark 1:43; And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away,
Mark 3:12; And He earnestly warned them not to tell who He was.
Mark 8:30; And He warned them to tell no one about Him.
Luke 9:21; But He warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone,
 
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God loves to help the needy, but is not boastful. He hates people coming to see 'Jesus the miracle worker' vs Jesus, our best friend / the guy over there who wants to know how we are doing / cares about and loves us. It is the whole reason mankind is on earth, whilst He is in heaven. He wants us to have 'faith' in His power. But 'know' His love.

1 Cor 13:4 [COLOR=#4d4dff]Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud[/COLOR].

1 John 4:8[COLOR=#4d4dff] Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=#404040]All the passages you have quoted in your OP must be contrasted with these two:

Matt 7:22 - 23[/COLOR] [COLOR=#4d4dff]Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers![/COLOR]

[COLOR=#404040]Matt 16:4[/COLOR] [COLOR=#4d4dff]A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah." Jesus then left them and went away.
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I just wonder.... why did Jesus often tell people not tell anyone what He did for them?
Of course many of them told many people anyway. But why... do you think He told them not to?
I thought about this many times and what I come to understand the reason he did:
  • He performed miracles because of purity and his love for another and he was gaining notoriety which he was Leary of.
  • He performed miracles because of his perfect faith and love; he didn't do it for notoriety.
  • Also, being truly man and at the same time fully knowing what his mission was, he was concerned about something happening sooner than it should. I think this shows that he was also truly man and could worry. I think it is appropriate here that the Bible said he even sweated blood because of distress.
 
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