The First Commission.
SUMMARY.--Christ in Nazareth.
Teaching in the Synagogue.
Rejected by the Nazarenes.
The Twelve Sent Forth to Preach.
Their Preaching and Work.
King Herod's Opinion of Jesus.
Account of the Death of John the Baptist.
Feeding the Five Thousand in the Desert Place.
Praying in the Mountain Alone.
The Disciples in the Storm.
Christ Cometh and Saves.
1. Went out from thence. From Capernaum.
Came into his own country. Nazareth, where he had been brought
2. When the sabbath day was come. For notes on his reception at
This was the second time he was rejected here
3. Is not this the carpenter?
reads "The carpenter's son." This shows that Jesus also had worked at
the trade. It was the custom for every Jew to be taught some trade by
5. He could do there no mighty work.
states the reason: "Because of their unbelief." It was not from want of
power, but of the conditions that he required. Those in need of help
must either have faith enough to seek his help, or their friends must
have faith. As faith is the condition of the salvation of the soul, so
Christ required it as a condition of the salvation of the body from
disease or death.
6. He marvelled because of their unbelief. See note on
Went round about the villages. See note on
7. He called unto him the twelve. For the commission of the
twelve see notes on
Matthew's account is much the fullest.
8. Save a staff only. Only the staff that each had already.
forbids a supply for future use.
9. Be shod with sandals.
forbids shoes, instead of which they were to wear sandals. The ancient
shoe resembled the modern; the sandal was a sole tied on the foot. The
latter was usually worn by the common people and they were to dress
13. Anointed with oil. Matthew says nothing of this. Oil was a
symbol of the Divine grace; to anoint with it, of the Holy Spirit. Its
use implied that God was the healer.
14. And king Herod heard of him. For Herod's opinion of Christ
and the death of John the Baptist, see notes on
17. For the Herodias' sake. This states why John was cast into
prison, on account of the instigation of the adulterous woman, a fact
omitted by Matthew.
19. Would have killed him. The wicked woman sought his murder,
but could not kill him because Herod refused to consent.
20. Herod feared John. Was in awe of him as a holy man, and
feared the indignation of the people if he slew him.
21. When a convenient day was come. For the execution of the
plans of the vengeful woman.
27. Sent an executioner. One of his body guard. Under Oriental
monarchs the captain of the guard was the executioner.
31. Come ye apart into a desert place. For notes on the feeding
of the five thousand see
Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-14.
give this account.
32. Departed into a desert place. An uninhabited place; in this
case the small plain of Butaiha, just east of where the Jordan enters
the lake of Galilee.
45. To go to the other side before unto Bethsaida.
says, "toward Capernaum." Capernaum was the ultimate point to be
reached; but on the way there they were to sail along the coast in a
northwest direction, and touch at Bethsaida, take into the boat Jesus,
who would go there by land, and then sail southwest to Capernaum. The
ruins at Bethsaida are found near where the Jordan empties into the Sea
of Galilee, and not very far distant from the scene of the miracle. For
notes on the storm and Christ walking on the sea, see