32 Jesus teaches a large crowd at the Galilean seashore.

Isaiah 42:1–4; Matthew 12:15–21; Mark 3:7–12

Why did people travel from the region of Tyre and Sidon with no more than hope that they might find Jesus (Mark 3:7–8)?

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What reasons did Jesus have for leaving town and going to the seashore (Matthew 12:15)?

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How many sick people do you think Jesus healed at the seashore (Matthew 12:15)?

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Where might the disciples have gotten a boat for Jesus (Mark 3:9)?

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Why did Jesus not want the evil spirits to tell who he was (Mark 3:11–12)?

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Why might Matthew have connected Isaiah’s words with Jesus’ ministry at the seashore while other gospel writers did not (Matthew 12:17–21)?

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How does Isaiah describe the behavior of God’s chosen servant (Isaiah 41:1)?

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Why would Jesus not argue or raise his voice in the streets (Matthew 20:19)?

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What did it mean that Jesus would not “break off a weakened reed or put out a flickering lamp” (Matthew 12:20)?

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Aware of the threat from the Pharisees, Jesus and his disciples left town and went to the lakeshore. A large crowd from Galilee and Judea followed from Jerusalem, Idumea, and places east of the Jordan River. They also came from Tyre and Sidon—a multitude who had heard reports of the great things Jesus was doing.

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Matthew 12:15 Aware of the threat from the Pharisees, Jesus left town and went to the lakeshore. A large crowd from Galilee and Judea followed. He healed their sick
Mark 3:7–8 Jesus and his disciples left the town and went to the lakeshore. A large crowd from Galilee and Judea followed from Jerusalem, Idumea, and places east of the Jordan River. They also came from Tyre and Sidon—a multitude who had heard reports of the great things Jesus was doing.
King James

Matthew 12:15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
Mark 3:7–8 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea, And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.

After he had healed many people, others who were sick pressed in, wanting to touch him.

Eyewitness

Matthew 12:15 Aware of the threat from the Pharisees, Jesus left town and went to the lakeshore. A large crowd from Galilee and Judea followed. He healed their sick
Mark 3:10 After he had healed many people, others who were sick pressed in, wanting to touch him.
King James

Matthew 12:15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
Mark 3:10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.

To keep the crowd from crushing him, he instructed the disciples to get a small boat. When those with evil spirits saw him, they fell to the ground and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” But he sternly ordered them not to tell who he was.

Eyewitness

Matthew 12:16 but sternly ordered them not to tell who he was.
Mark 3:9 To keep the crowd from crushing him, he instructed the disciples to get a small boat.
Mark 3:11–12 When those with evil spirits saw him, they fell to the ground and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” But he sternly ordered them not to tell who he was.
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Matthew 12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known:
Mark 3:9 And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.
Mark 3:11–12 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

This event fulfilled what the prophet Isaiah wrote long ago: Here is my chosen servant, my beloved in whom I am well pleased. I have put my Spirit upon him to bring justice to the people. He will not argue or raise his voice in the streets. He will not break off a weakened reed or put out a flickering lamp but will judge in truth. He will not quit until he has established justice throughout the earth. Distant lands will place their hope in him.

Eyewitness

Isaiah 42:1–4 Here is my chosen servant in whom I am well pleased. I have put my Spirit upon him to bring justice to the people. He will not argue or raise his voice in the streets. He will not break off a weakened reed or put out a flickering lamp but will judge in truth. He will not quit until he has established justice throughout the earth. Distant lands will place their hope in him.
Matthew 12:17–21 This event fulfilled what the prophet Isaiah wrote long ago: Here is my chosen servant, my beloved in whom I am well pleased. I have put my Spirit upon him to bring justice to the people. He will not argue or raise his voice in the streets. He will not break off a weakened reed or put out a flickering lamp but will judge in truth. He will not quit until he has established justice throughout the earth. Distant lands will place their hope in him.
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Isaiah 42:1–4 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
Matthew 12:17–21 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.