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It appears that a widespread persecution of the followers of John and Jesus took place at this time. When Jesus heard about John’s imprisonment He went from Nazareth to live in Capernaum (v. 12-13). Luke explains the reason for Jesus leaving Nazareth was an attempt on his life (Luke 4:16-31). From this point on, Capernaum became the headquarters of Jesus’ ministry.
John had been arrested by Herod Antipas and thrown into the dungeon at the palace at Machaerus on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. The reason for this was because John had condemned Herod for his wickedness which included the taking of his half-brother Phillip’s wife, Herodias for himself (v. 14:3-4). Even though it is right it is dangerous to confront evil. John’s condemnation of moral wickedness cost the prophet his freedom and eventually his life.
Is it easy to speak up against sin today? Is it necessary for me to speak out against sin? I need to be able to give an answer for the hope that is in me in every situation that I may face in this life.
Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-- the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
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Matthew 1:1-17The Genealogy of The Messiah
Matthew 1:18-25The Importance of The Virgin Birth
Matthew 2:1-12The Anticipation of the Messiah
Matthew 2:13-23Flight to Egypt
Matthew 3:1-6The Preparation of The Messiah
Matthew 3:7-12The Pharisees and Sadducees
Matthew 3:13-17The Baptism of Christ
Matthew 4:1-11Three Major Tests
Matthew 4:12-17Persecution of Followers
Matthew 4:18-25Ministry in the Synagogues
Matthew 5:1-12Sermon on The Mount
Matthew 5:13-20Fishing For Men
Matthew 5:21-26Anger is Murder in The Heart
Matthew 5:27-32Divorce And Remarriage
Matthew 5:33-42Unfair and Unreasonable Treatment
Matthew 5:43-48Love Your Enemies
Matthew 6:1-4How to Giving?
Matthew 6:5-18Practice of Prayer
Matthew 6:19-24The Love of Wealth
Matthew 6:25-34Do Not Worry
Matthew 7:1-6Judging And Hypocrisy
Matthew 7:7-12The Golden Rule
Matthew 7:13-23A Professing Christian vs a True Christian
Matthew 7:24-29Building on the Right Foundation