And from there he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it…
I. The HUMANITY of Christ as revealing itself in the story. His fatigue was real: Nature did not spare Him. When the soul is constantly going out towards the objects of one's solicitude, the body may bear up bravely for a time; but Nature exacts her penalty.
II. There is also in these words a glimpse into something of A DIVINE PURPOSE. It was part of the Divine plan that Christ's immediate testimony should be conveyed to the Jews only; this involved great self-restraint.
III. This desire to be quiet in those regions, gives a PROPHETIC GLIMPSE. All the tenderness of God's heart will be disclosed when we are prepared for it.
IV. THE OVERTURE TO A MASTER'S WORK MAY SEEM SOMETIMES LONG AND NEEDLESS.
1. "He could not be hid." No, not even in these regions, where His ministry did not especially lie. Marvellous that the world should have got almost to disbelieve in the existence of a warm, generous heart.
2. How could Christ be hid? If He were a revelation, then He must be declared. There are great spring epochs in the working out of Divine thoughts and purposes; times when what had been concealed comes out to view. Love must reveal itself; so must life. If our inner life is to retain its force and beauty, it must manifest itself. A spiritual recluse is a mistake.
(G. J. Proctor.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.