8:2 1 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
(1) Christ in healing the leprous with the touch
of his hand, shows that he abhors no sinners that come unto him, be they ever
And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion,
(2) Christ by setting before them the example of
the uncircumcised centurion and yet of an excellent faith, provokes the Jews
to jealousy, and together forewarns them of their being cast off and the
calling of the Gentiles.
And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall a
sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
(a) A metaphor taken of banqueters, for they that
sit down together are fellows in the banquet.
8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast
out into b outer darkness: there shall
be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
(b) Who are outside the kingdom: For in the
kingdom is light, and outside the kingdom is darkness.
And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid,
and sick of a fever.
(3) Christ, in healing many diseases, shows that
he was sent by his Father, that in him only we should seek remedy in all our
8:16 When the even was come,
they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the
spirits with [his] word, and healed c
all that were sick:
(c) Of all sorts.
8:18 Now when Jesus saw great
multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the d
(d) For Capernaum was situated upon the lake of
8:19 4 And a
certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever
(4) The true disciples of Christ must prepare
themselves for all kinds of miseries.
8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes,
and the birds of the air [have] e nests;
but the Son of man hath not where to lay [his] head.
(e) Literally, "shades made with
8:21 5 And
another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my
(5) When God requires our labour, we must cease
all our duty to men.
And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
(6) Although Christ often seems to neglect his
own, even in most extreme dangers, yet in due time he calms all tempests, and
brings his own to the haven.
7 And when he was come to the other side
into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils,
coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that
(7) Christ came to deliver men from the miserable
enslavement of Satan: but the world would rather go without Christ, than the
vilest and least of their conveniences.
8:30 And there was f
a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
(f) On a hill, as Mark and Luke witness: Now
Gederah, as Josephus records, book seventeen chapter thirteen, lived after the
order of the Greeks and therefore we must not be surprised if there were swine
And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they
besought [him] that he would g depart
out of their coasts.
(g) Where men live as swine, there Christ does
not abide, but demons.