Jesus Sends Out the Twelve (9:1-6)
(Matthew 10:9-15; Mark 6:7-13)
1-6 See Mark 6:7-13 and comment.
Herod Is Perplexed (9:7-9)
(Matthew 14:1-2; Mark 6:14-16)
7-9 See Mark 6:14-16 and comment.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand (9:10-17)
(Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; John 6:1-15)
10-17 See Mark 6:30-44 and comment.
Peter’s Confession of Christ (9:18-22)
(Matthew 16:13-21; Mark 8:27-31)
18-21 See Mark 8:27-30 and comment.
22 See Mark 8:31 and comment.
Teaching on Self-denial (9:23-27)
(Matthew 16:24-26; Mark 8:34-38; 9:1)
23-26 See Mark 8:34-38 and comment.
27 See Mark 9:1 and comment.
The Transfiguration (9:28-36)
(Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-13)
28-36 See Mark 9:2-13 and comment.
A Boy With an Evil Spirit (9:37-45)
(Matthew 17:14-23; Mark 9:14-32)
37-45 See Mark 9:14-32 and comment.
Who Will Be the Greatest? (9:46-50)
46-50 See Mark 9:33-40 and comment.
Samaritan Opposition (9:51-56)
51 Jesus knew that He must suffer and die at the hands of the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem (Mark 8:31). Therefore, when the time of His death drew near, He and His disciples went from Galilee in the north of Israel to Jerusalem, the capital.
52 On the way, the road went through the region of Samaria. The Samaritans were Jews who had inter-married with foreign women. They were half-Jews; therefore, ordinary Jews despised them (see Matthew 10:5; John 4:4-9; Acts 8:4-5).
53 The Samaritans also hated the Jews. When they learned that Jesus and His disciples were going to Jerusalem, the Jewish capital, they offered them no hospitality.
54 James and John, two of Jesus’ disciples (Mark 3:17), wanted to punish the Samaritans (see Mark 6:11). Taking the example of the prophet Elijah (2 Kings 1:912), they suggested destroying them by calling fire down from heaven.
55 But Jesus rebuked James and John. They should have called for grace from heaven, not fire. Their suggestion did not arise from the Spirit of Christ. Their suggestion came from a spirit of revenge and anger, not a spirit of love and forgiveness. According to some ancient manuscripts of Luke, Jesus told them at this point: “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”
56 Nevertheless, Jesus and His disciples did not go to that Samaritan village, but went by another way.
The Cost of Following Jesus (9:57-62)
57-62 See Matthew 8:18-22 and comment.