In Mark 5:42 to whom did Christ give the order not to publish about the resurrected girl?
From the parallel story of the event . Luke 8:51-56, Jesus instructed the parents of the girl , not to tell any one what had happened. But why?
Luke 8:51-56 (NASB)
51 "When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with
Him, except Peter and John and James, and the girl’s father and
mother. 52 Now they were all weeping and lamenting for her; but He
said, “Stop weeping, for she has not died, but is asleep.” 53 And they
began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died."
54 "He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Child,
arise!” 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and He
gave orders for something to be given her to eat. 56 Her parents were
amazed; but He instructed them to tell no one what had happened."
Why did Jesus instruct them, not to tell anyone what had happened.
His humble approach fulfilled the prophetic words of Isaiah.
Isaiah 42:1-2 (NASB)
God’s Promise concerning His Servant.
42 “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul
delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice
to the nations. 2 “He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make
His voice heard in the street.
Obviously Jesus did not want to magnify his name, or create sensational reports about his miracles, that would draw attention away from God and his preaching of the good news of the Kingdom of God. Further ,apparently Jesus wanted to convince people that he was the Christ, the Messiah himself , and not from rumors based on his miracles.
Luke 4:43 (NRSV)
43" But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom
of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.”