[quote="Bezant, post:1, topic:315492"]
Now that I have your attention :) have a look at Matthew 9:27-31. Two blind mind follow Jesus, begging him to heal them. After doing so in private,
However, Jesus has already become well-known in his travels, and he has performed a number of public miracles:
It's also interesting that, unlike in the previous miracles, Jesus questions the faith of the blind men.
My question is, given the previous events, 1) why do you think Jesus insisted that the miracle be kept a secret, and 2) why did he question their expressed faith?
My take, based on the commentaries I have read, would be this:
In Mt Jesus often asks people to keep His identity and works quiet [8:4; 9:30; 12:16; **16:20 (// Jn 6:14-15); 17:9]. Mt 16:20 seems to contain the gist of it: “Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Messiah.” This parallels Jn (6:14-15): “When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, ‘This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.’ Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.”
The same is true in Mk (1:24-25; 32-34; 43-45; 3:11-12; 4:10-12; 5.43; 7:36-37; 8:25; 29-30; 9:9; 10:48)
This seems to be a real part of Jesus ministry to the crowds.
Mt 4:23-24 is a summary statement which does not convey a great deal of detail. There are several other of these in Mt (9:35-36; 14:34-36; 19:1-2; 21:14).
Other passages in Mt do mention faith in connection with accounts of individual healings (8:18; 9:2; 22; 13:38).
Mk is especially emphasizes the role of faith. The section 5:21-43 has one account sandwiched in to another and both deal with faith: “Daughter, your faith has saved you.” (v 34) and “Jesus said to the synagogue official, ‘Do not be afraid; just have faith.’” (v 36)
Also especially powerful in Mk are (6:23-24; 7:24-30; 11:22-24).
I think Jesus is drawing attention to the need for and the power of faith.