Impossible to Escape Notice: Mark 7:24
“24) Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of Tyre. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; yet He could not escape notice.” Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭24‬ ‭
The popularity of Jesus was exploding. Everywhere He went caused traffic jams and stampedes of people. The region of Tyre represented new turf.
As this verse reads, He entered a house seeking rest and solitude. He tried to travel under the radar. This verse is profound, it says “He wanted no one to know of it, yet He could not escape notice.”
We now deal with the phenomenon of what caused the gospel to spread? The answer is that people who Jesus touched were telling their stories. Everyone was talking about Jesus.
We call these people “witnesses.” Those healed, set free from demonic oppression or impacted by His teachings were telling their stories.
But let me make an observation, the same thing happened in the book of Acts. The gospel spread and exploded because the witnesses were excited and telling their stories.
Acts 1:8 captures this divine strategy; “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”” God wants His people to tell their stories.
Faith is not intended to be a private or personal matter. Those saved by the gospel and the power of God are expected to tell their stories. Soon others will be impacted by the gospel and start sharing their stories as well. As momentum builds the result can become an awakening.
Two principles accompany faith in the Bible. These principles are seen in Hebrews eleven and throughout the Bible. They are simply that “faith speaks” and “faith acts.” Faith is never intended to be silent or passive.
As you read about the hero’s of faith in Hebrews eleven, they all took bold action. They became witnesses for God. The book of Acts might serve as the Hebrews eleven story of faith for the New Testament believers. The four Gopels are the faith stories of those impacted by the public ministry of Jesus.
So what can we glean from this often overlooked and obscure verse in Mark 7:24? It screams of the impact of the witnesses!
When people start talking about Jesus and what the gospel has done for them, great things begin to happen! The wind of the Holy Spirit begins to blow on their stories and phenomenal things start happening. Soon It can resemble a mighty forest fire and spread through the land. Many people can be engulfed by its spread.
Your story is a spark. Sparks start fires. Fires are powerful as they spread. The Great Awakenings started with a few fire brands for the glory of God!
If Jesus and the gospel has impacted your life, then tell your story as you go through life. The wind of the Holy Spirit will take over and do the rest. Saturating your life with prayer and the Word of God will be like adding gasoline to the fire.
Don’t swallow the lie that faith is a private matter! Shout it from the rooftops! Go tell it on the mountain! Tell your story often enough and God will use you to start a tsunami for His Glory!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

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