Mt 14:1-12. Herod Thinks
Jesus a Resurrection of the Murdered Baptist—Account of His Imprisonment and Death. ( = Mr
6:14-29; Lu 9:7-9).
The time of this alarm of Herod Antipas appears to
have been during the mission of the Twelve, and shortly after the
Baptist—who had been in prison for probably more than a
year—had been cruelly put to death.
Herod's Theory of the Works of Christ (Mt 14:1, 2).
1. At that time Herod the tetrarch—Herod
Antipas, one of the three sons of Herod the Great, and own brother of
Archelaus (Mt 2:22), who
ruled as ethnarch over Galilee and Perea.
heard of the fame of Jesus—"for His
name was spread abroad" (Mr 6:14).
2. And said unto his servants—his
counsellors or court-ministers.
This is John the Baptist: he is risen from the
dead, &c.—The murdered prophet haunted his guilty breast
like a specter and seemed to him alive again and clothed with unearthly
powers in the person of Jesus.
Account of the Baptist's Imprisonment and
Death (Mt 14:3-12). For the exposition of this portion,
see on Mr 6:17-29.
Mt 14:12-21. Hearing of the
Baptist's Death, Jesus Crosses the Lake
with Twelve, and Miraculously Feeds Five Thousand. ( = Mr 6:30-44; Lu 9:10-17; Joh 6:1-14).
For the exposition of this section—one of the
very few where all the four Evangelists run parallel—see on Mr 6:30-44.
Mt 14:22-26. Jesus Crosses
to the Western Side of the Lake Walking on the Sea—Incidents on Landing. ( = Mr 6:45; Joh
For the exposition, see on Joh
28. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it
is thou, bid me come to thee on the water—(Also see on Mr 6:50.)
29. And he said, Come. And when Peter had come
down out of the boat. he walked on the water, to go to
Jesus—(Also see on Mr 6:50.)
30. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was
afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save
me—(Also see on Mr 6:50.)
31. And immediately Jesus stretched forth
his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O thou of little
faith, why didst thou doubt?—(Also see on Mr 6:50.)
32. And when they had come into the boat, the wind
ceased—(Also see on Mr 6:50.)