They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Matthew 16:13-27 notes; Mark 8:27-38 notes.
(See on Mt 16:13-28; and Mr 8:34).See Poole on "Luke 9:18" Luke 9:7.
but some say Elias; the prophet, and the Tishbite; who according to the Jewish notion, was to be the forerunner of the Messiah, so in Luke 7:8.
and others say: that one of the old prophets is risen again; thus were they divided in their sentiments about him. See Gill on Luke 9:8They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)19. John the Baptist] See on Luke 9:7-9. The answer of the Apostle shewed the sad truth that Jesus had come to His own possessions and
His own people received Him not; that the Light had shined in the darkness, and the darkness had not comprehended it. He had not come to force belief, but to win conviction. He had never even openly proclaimed His Messiahship, but left His works to speak for Him. God’s method is not to ensure faith by violence; as the Fathers say “Force is alien to God” (βία ἐχθρὸν Θεῷ).Verse 19. - They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. It was a strange answer, this report of the popular belief concerning Jesus. There had been for a long period among the people expectations more or less defined, that certain of the great national heroes were to reappear again to take up their incomplete work, and to play the part in Israel, of heralds of the looked-for glorious King Messiah. The popular belief respecting Jesus was that he was one of these. Some thought of Elijah. The two miracles of creating the loaves and fishes for a great famishing crowd especially suggested this idea. There was a shadowy, but not an unreal resemblance here to the well-remembered miracle of Elijah, worked for the Sarepta widow and her son, with the cruse of oil and the barrel of meal which failed not (1 Kings 17:14). The words of Malachi (Malachi 4:5) pointed in the same direction. The image of the recently murdered Baptist was present with some. Herod's words, already commented on, point to this, perhaps, widespread belief. Jeremiah would be a likely instance of "one of the old prophets." Tradition had already asserted that the spirit of that great one had passed into Zechariah; surely another similar transmigration was possible. Jeremiah, popular tradition said, had safely hidden the ark and the tabernacle and the altar of incense somewhere in the mountain where Moses died by the "kiss of God." Already had he appeared to the brave and patriotic Judas Maccabaeus in a vision as a man greyhaired and exceeding glorious, as one praying for the people as their guardian-prophet, and had given the gallant Maeeabaean hero a golden sword from God. It was one of these old heroic forms, so loved of Israel, once more in the flesh, that the people believed Jesus to be.
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