A Daily Study forum: Jesus begins His ministry - Matthew chapter 4 verses 12-22
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|After His temptations were ended, Jesus found out that John the Baptist had been thrown into prison......
12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison (John’s Ministry was now finished; he had properly introduced Christ), He (Jesus) departed into Galilee (where would be the central core of His Ministry);
13 And leaving Nazareth (refers to His rejection there [Lk. 4:16–30]), He came and dwelt in Capernaum (made this city His Headquarters), which is upon the sea coast (refers to the Sea of Galilee), in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim (refers to these two Tribes bordering the Sea of Galilee):
My notes: A lot of people for some reason, don't see Jesus in the Old testament. But The Lord is faithful to remind us that He told us thru the prophets in the Old Testament , repeatedly about His coming Saviour.
14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the Prophet, saying (Isaiah prophesied of Christ more than any other Prophet),
My notes: He even told us exactly where it would happen.
15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea (Sea of Galilee), beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles (the great Roman Road ran near the Sea of Galilee from Damascus; almost all Gentiles traveling in this direction did so on this road; the Headquarters of Christ was within the confines of the Tribe of Naphtali);
My notes: And He tells us what the people would experience.
16 The people which sat in darkness (implies a settled acceptance of this darkness; the moral darkness was even greater than the national misery) saw great Light (Christ is the Light of the world, and the only True Light); and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death (spiritual death is the result of this spiritual darkness)
light is sprung up. ---(spiritual illumination in Christ)
17 From that time (from the time of the move to Capernaum)
Jesus began to preach (the major method of the proclamation of the Gospel), and to say,
Repent (beginning His Ministry, the first word used by Christ, as recorded by Matthew, was “Repent”): for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (the Kingdom from Heaven, headed up by Christ, for the purpose of reestablishing the Kingdom of God over the Earth; the Kingdom was rejected by Israel).
My notes: Now this is where I began to see My Lord and His precious dealings with people.
18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two Brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishermen.
19 And He said unto them, Follow Me (the Messiah’s advent was signaled by three great words: “Repent,” “Follow,” and “Blessed” [Mat. 5:3]), and I will make you fishers of men (the greatest call of all).
20 And they straightway (immediately) left their nets (their fishing business), and followed Him.
21 And going on from thence, He saw other two Brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them (the first three called, Peter, James, and John, were the closest to Christ).
22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed Him
My notes: As a new Christian, I wondered with amazement that Peter and Andrew would just leave their business and their father, to follow a stranger. But, as I studied Mark, Luke and John's accounts of the gospels, I found that Jesus was indeed not a stranger to them, they had indeed met Him before that day.
Let's see when...................
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