But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)After I am risen.—Our Lord referred to these His words afterwards (Matthew 28:16), but they appear to have fallen at the time unheeded on the ears of the disciples, and to have been rapidly forgotten. No expectation of a resurrection is traceable in their after conduct.
He did not deny that he would first appear to a part of them before he met them all together (compare Luke 24:13-31, Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5), but that he would meet them all in Galilee. This was done. See Mark 16:7; Matthew 28:16.
Galilee - See the notes at Matthew 2:22.
For the exposition, see on Lu 22:31-38.See Poole on "Matthew 26:35".
I will go before you into Galilee; the native place of most, if not all of them. This the women that came to the sepulchre after Christ's resurrection, were bid, both by the angel, and Christ himself, to remind the disciples of, and ordered them to go into Galilee, where they might expect to see him: accordingly they did go thither, and saw and worshipped him; see Matthew 28:7.But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Matthew 26:32 f. Προειπὼν τὰ λυπηρὰ, προλέγει καὶ τὰ παραμυθούμενα, Euthymius Zigabenus.
They were again to gather around Him in Galilee, the native scene of His ministry. Comp. Matthew 28:10. The authenticity of these words in their present form may be called in question, in so far as Christ cannot have predicted His resurrection in such explicit terms. See on Matthew 16:21. The answer of Peter, given in the bold self-confidence of his love, savours somewhat of self-exaltation; consequently the impression made upon him by the experience of his shortcomings was all the deeper.Matthew 26:32 predicts a brighter future to alleviate the gloom. he shepherd will yet again go before His flock (προάξω, pastoris more, Grotius), leading them.—εἰς τ. Γαλιλαίαν, the place of reunion. This verse is wanting in the Fayam Fragment, which Harnack regards as a sign of its great antiquity. Resch, Agrapha, p. 495.32. The expression, I will go before you, lit., I will lead you as a shepherd, falls in with the thought of the quotation.Matthew 26:32. Προάξω, I will go before) As a shepherd. A pastoral expression.—Γαλιλαίαν, Galilee) Where His appearance was to be exceedingly solemn to His sheep again collected together. Our Lord says to those who had come up with Him from Galilee, “Before you return home from the feast I will rise from the dead.”Verse 32. - After I am risen again. He comforts his followers now, as always, with the announcement that after his Passion and death he would rise again and meet them. So in the prophet's words succeeding the quotation there is a similar encouragement, "I will turn mine hand upon the little ones;" i.e. I will cover and protect the humble and meek, even after they fled and were scattered. I will go before you (προάξω ὑμᾶς) into Galilee (Matthew 28:7). The verb is of pastoral signification, as in the East the shepherd does not drive his sheep, but leads them (John 10:4). The apostles, or many of them, after the Resurrection, returned to their old homes in Galilee, but Christ preceded them, and they found him there before them (Mark 16:7; John 21; Acts 1:3; 1 Corinthians 15:6). He again gathered around him his little flock lately scattered. True, he had then already appeared to them at Jerusalem more than once; but this was, as it were, fortuitously and unexpectedly. The meeting in Galilee was by appointment, and of most solemn import, Christ then reuniting the apostolic body, and renewing the apostolic commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
The thought links itself with what Christ had just said about the shepherd and the sheep. Compare John 10:4. I will go before you, as a shepherd before his flock.
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