Chapter 4 Part 7
More Scripture Fulfilled
Matt. 4:13 And leaving
Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast,
in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14 That it might be fulfilled
which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15 The land of Zabulon,
and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles; 16 The people which sat in darkness saw great
light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is
The above quotation is
taken from the book of Isaiah. Is. 9:1 "Nevertheless the dimness shall
not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly
afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward
did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in
Galilee of the nations. 2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a
great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon
them hath the light shined." Jesus is that light that the people saw
who had previously been in darkness. That God's people were at one time
in darkness and now a light has shined unto them is proven by the
1. Lk. 1:78 "Through
the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath
visited us, 79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the
shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
2. Acts 26:16 "But
rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this
purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things
which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear
unto thee; 17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles,
unto whom now I send thee, 18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from
darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may
receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are
sanctified by faith that is in me."
3. Rom. 13:12 "The
night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the
works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light."
4. 1 Cor. 4:5
"Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both
will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make
manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have
praise of God."
5. 2 Cor. 4:6 "For
God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in
our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in
the face of Jesus Christ."
6. Eph. 5:8 "For ye
were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as
children of light:"
7. 1 Pet. 2:9 "But ye
are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you
out of darkness into his marvellous light:"
Chapter 4 Part 8
Matt. 4:17 "From that
time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of
heaven is at hand."
From the above we draw
the following conclusions:
1. Jesus preached the
same message as John.
2. He affirmed the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3. He preached
Chapter 4 Part 9
Jesus calls his disciples
Matt. 4:18 "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 fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of
men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, 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. 22 And they immediately left the
ship and their father, and followed him."
We make the following
observations based on the above:
1. We see the
sovereignty of God in the calling of his disciples.
2. Those whom Jesus
called are not who men would have called.
3. The disciples must
first be followers, before they can be fishers of men.
4. The disciples
immediately responded and left their ships and their father and followed
The sovereignty of God
is also manifest in the calling of Paul to preach the gospel. Acts 9:1
"And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the
disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him
letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way,
whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto
Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly
there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the
earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest
thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am
Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the
pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou
have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city,
and it shall be told thee what thou must do." Also we note that Paul is
not one that the church would have called to preach the gospel.
Men would not have
called fishers to be leaders of a movement. They would have chosen
salesmen, or politicians, or corporate leaders, etc. God's ways are not
Chapter 4 Part 10
Matt. 4:23 "And Jesus
went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the
gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner
of disease among the people. 24 And his fame went throughout all Syria:
and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers
diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and
those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed
them. 25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee,
and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond
The power of God is
manifest in the healings that Jesus performed on the people. This
included the power to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of
disease among the people. This also shows forth the wisdom of God in
that he knows about all sicknesses and about all diseases and what it
takes to heal them.
This passage tells us
four things that Jesus did. He went, he preached, he taught, and he
There were great
multitudes that followed the Lord. As we will see in the next chapter,
the multitudes followed the Lord because of his healings, not because
they wanted to hear what he preached and taught.