After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.…
I. AS REGARDS HIMSELF.
1. To avoid the fury of Herod who had just slain the Baptist.
2. That the anger of the scribes and Pharisees (Mark 6:3) might abate. In this He teaches us to avoid all that might needlessly irritate sinners and thus confirm them in their sin. God withdraws at times from men only that He may take from them the occasion of sin. Going not in wrath, but in love.
II. AS REGARDS THE DISCIPLES.
1. To give them leisure and retirement. They were somewhat too full of all the things that they had done and taught, and harassed by the continual coming and going of the multitudes who thronged the master.
2. To train them in philanthropical as well as spiritual work.
(W. Denton, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.