And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.…
We often speak of what He gave: we might also speak of what He withheld. The words of the Old Testament are applicable to Jesus Christ: "No good thing will He withhold," etc. The refusals of Jesus were governed by three considerations.
1. Religious curiosity is not to be mistaken for religious necessity.
2. Religious confidence is not to be won by irreligious ostentations.
3. Religious appeals are not to be addressed to the eye, but to the heart. In applying these points show what Christ gave in comparison with what He refused. He gave bread, sight, hearing, speech, health; He gave His life, yet He refused a sign! Understand that, in some cases, not to give a sign is in reality to give the most solemn and dreadful of all signs.
(Dr. J. Parker.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.