Geneva Study Bible
(1) The twelve apostles are sent forth only at the commandment of Christ and equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit: both that none of the Israelites might pretend ignorance, and also that they might be better prepared for their general mission.
(a) When you depart out of any city, depart from that place where you first took up your lodging: so that in these few words the Lord forbids them to change their lodgings: for this publishing of the gospel was as it were a publishing throughout the whole land, that no one in Judea might pretend ignorance, as though he had not heard that Christ had come.
(2) As soon as the world hears tidings of the gospel it is divided into differing opinions, and the tyrants especially are afraid.
(b) He stuck as it were fast in the mire.
(3) They that follow Christ will lack nothing, not even in the wilderness.
(c) The word signifies a desert: note, this was not in the town Bethsaida, but part of the fields belonging to the town.
(d) This is said imperfectly, and therefore we must understand it to mean something like this: "We cannot give them to eat unless we go and buy, etc.".
(e) He gave God thanks for these loaves and fishes, and prayed at the same time that God would feed this multitude which was so great with such a small quantity, and to put it briefly, that this whole banquet might be to the glory of God.
(4) Although the world be tossed up and down between different errors, yet we ought not to condemn the truth but be all the more desirous to know it, and be more steadfast to confess it.
(f) Alone from the people.
(5) Christ himself attained to the heavenly glory, by the cross and invincible perseverance.
(g) Even as one day follows another, so does one cross follow another, and the cross is by the figure of speech metonymy taken for the miseries of this life: for to be hanged on the cross was the most grievous and cruel punishment that there was amongst the Jews.
(6) So that his disciples do not stumble at his debasing himself in his flesh, he teaches them that it is voluntary, showing in addition for a moment the brightness of his glory.
(h) What death he would die in Jerusalem.
(i) Until Christ was risen again from the dead.
(7) Nothing offends Christ as much as incredulity, although he bears with it for a time.
(k) As it happens in the falling sickness.
(8) We have no reason to promise ourselves rest and quietness in this world, seeing that they themselves who seemed to fawn upon Christ crucify him shortly after.
(l) Give diligent ear to them, and once you have heard them see that you keep them.
(9) Ambition results in dishonour, but the result of modest obedience is glory.
(10) Extraordinary things are neither rashly to be allowed nor condemned.
(11) Christ goes willingly to death.
(m) Literally, "he hardened his face": that is, he resolved with himself to die, and therefore ventured upon his journey and cast away all fear of death, and went on.
(12) We must take heed of zeal and fond imitation which is not moderated, even in good causes, that whatever we do, we do it to God's glory, and the profit of our neighbour.
(n) So the Hebrews say, that is, you do not know what will, mind, and counsel you are of: so the gifts of God are called the spirit because they are given by God's Spirit, and so are the things that are contrary to them also called the spirit, which proceed from the wicked spirit, such as the spirit of covetousness, of pride, and madness.
(13) Those who follow Christ must prepare themselves to endure all discomforts.
(14) The calling of God ought to be preferred without any question, before all duties that we owe to men.
(o) Who, even though they live in this frail life of man, yet are strangers from the true life, which is everlasting and heavenly.
(15) Those who follow Christ must at once renounce all worldly cares.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Luke 9". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25