The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible Ver. 14, 15. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken…
Christ's dwelling in Capernaum accomplished a prophecy of the
prophet (Isaiah 9:1,2) and he went and dwelt there, that it might be
fulfilled which he had spoken: the meaning of which prophecy is F24,
that as those parts of the land of Israel, there mentioned, had
suffered much by Tiglathpileser, who had carried them captive,
(2 Kings 15:29) and is "the vexation" referred to; so they should be
honoured, and made very glorious, by the presence and conversation
of the Messiah among them, and which now had its literal fulfilment:
for Christ now came and dwelt in Capernaum, which lay between the
lands and upon the borders both of Zabulon and Nephthalim; was
situated by the sea of Tiberias, beyond Jordan, and in, "Galilee of
the nations"; the upper Galilee, which had in it people of other
nations besides Jews. The ancient Jews expected the Messiah to make
his first appearance in Galilee; which expectation must be grounded
on this prophecy; for so they say F25 expressly,
``the king Messiah shall be revealed (lylgd aerab) , "in the
land of Galilee."''
And in another place F26 explaining (Isaiah 2:19) they paraphrase it
``"for fear of the Lord"; this is the indignation of the
whole world: and for the "glory of his majesty"; this is
the Messiah; when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth,
when he shall arise and be revealed (lylgd aerab) , "in
the land of Galilee": because that this is the first place
to be destroyed in the holy land; therefore he shall be
revealed there the first of all places.''
Here Jesus, the true Messiah, made his first appearance publicly;
here he called his disciples, and began his ministry.
F24 See my treatise upon the "Prophecies of the Messiah"… p. 147, &c.
F25 Zohar in Gen. fol. 74. 3.
F26 Ib. in Exod. fol. 3. 3. & 88. 3.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Matthew 4:14". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=004&verse=014>. 1999.