And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came to the sea of Galilee, through the middle of the coasts of Decapolis.…
Thus it is that God's greatest works are performed. Crowds may admire the full-blown rose, but in silence and secrecy its leaflets have been folded in the bud. The broad river bears navies on its bosom, but amid the mosses and ferns of the lonely mountain it takes its rise. In this instance, when the man and his Saviour were alone together, there was as much care bestowed on him as if there were none else in the world.
I. THE GREATNESS OF GOD'S UNIVERSE. How difficult to conceive that one individual can be of importance to its Ruler. tiara we see each soul standing in His sight aside from all the rest;
(1) Aside for responsibility;
(2) Aside for affection.
II. IN THE WORK OF SPIRITUAL HEALING, CHRIST DEALS IN THE SAME WAY STILL.
1. In childhood, by a mother's voice.
2. In after years, by books, sermons, friends, trials. The conscience is touched; we stand face to face with God.
III. THE HEALED IN BODY MIGHT GO BACK TO THE MULTITUDE. The healed in soul must stay aside. In the world, but not of it. His objects of life, tastes, aspirations, are different from those of the multitude. He must be much alone with Christ in prayer, communion, and study. Alone, but not lonely.
IV. THE FINAL TAXING ASIDE. Death. Aside from the earthly multitude, its toil, bustle, and sorrow: united with the great multitude whom no man can number.
(F. R. Wynne, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.