The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible Ver. 1 And after six days…
That is, so long after Christ's
conversation with his disciples at Caesarea Philippi, Peter's
confession of him, and the reproof he gave him, upon his intimating
that he should suffer and die, and Christ's resentment of it; after
he had discoursed about his disciples taking up their cross, and
following him; and of men's losing and finding their lives; and
after the promise, or prophecy, that he had given out, that some
then present should not die, until he came into his kingdom. Mark
says the same as here, (Mark 9:2) but (Luke 9:28) says, it was about an
eight days after, which may be reconciled in this manner; Matthew
and Mark leave out the day in which Christ delivered the above
sayings, and that in which he was transfigured, and so reckon but
six days; and Luke takes them both into the account, and makes it
eight days, so that they all agree; and it appears, in short, to be
that day seven night.
Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother:
Peter is taken,
though he had so lately offended his master; Christ did not bear the
offence in mind, but freely forgave him, and still loved him: James
was not the brother of our Lord, who was of that name, but the Son
of Zebedee; as appears from John being his brother, who was the
beloved disciple; these three were all favourite disciples, and were
at other times admitted to be with him, when others were not,
(Matthew 26:37) (Mark 5:37) . Such a number was taken, as being proper and
sufficient to bear witness of the truth of the following account of
and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart.
Luke says, to
pray; as he was wont to do, in such places. This mountain is
generally said to be Tabor; but for what reason does not appear.
Christ was going to Caesarea Philippi, when he had that discourse
with his disciples, which this account is connected with; and though
it was a week after, yet we have no intimation of his removing from
these parts, with his disciples; only of his leading them up into a
mountain: and quickly after this, we hear of him at Capernaum, which
was ten miles from Mount Tabor. Dr. Lightfoot F26 thinks, that this
was the mountain, which Caesarea was at the foot of; where formerly,
the first idolatry was set up, one of Jeroboam's calves; and now the
eternal Son of God is shown, in the confession of Peter, and in the
illustrious demonstration of the Messiah. Since the goodly mountain
Lebanon, and which was a very high one, was in those parts which
Moses had a sight of before he died; why may it not be that, which
he now descended upon, to be one of the witnesses from heaven, of
F26 Hor. Heb. in Mar. ix. 2.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Matthew 17:1". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=017&verse=001>. 1999.