10.01.22 Jn. 7:1
MINISTRY IN GALILEE
1 After this, Jesus traveled in Galilee, since He did not want to travel in Judea because the Jews were trying to kill Him.
The religious establishment of Jerusalem was delighted that Herod Antipas had killed John the Baptist. They figured that since John was executed, now it should be easier to do the same to Jesus. Rumors had spread far and wide that they “were trying to kill Him,” as John mentioned this ten times in chapters 7 and 8. Decades earlier Herod the Great limited the arresting power of the Sanhedrin to Judea. They could not pursue Jesus into Galilee and arrest Him there or anywhere else. Therefore, Jesus left Capernaum and traveled toward the Mediterranean Sea where He escaped the hostilities of the religious leaders. They would not dare to defile themselves by going into a Gentile community. There He had time to teach the Twelve and minister to the local people. Amazingly, the rabbis never challenged Jesus on the Written Law, which He faithfully observed. Rather, they pursued Him for breaking their Oral Laws.
. John 7:1, 13, 19, 25, 30, 32, 44; 8:37, 40, 59.