Matthew 4:12 NASB
Now when Jesus heard
that John had been taken into custody,
He withdrew into Galilee;
The word Matthew uses for Jesus’ departure often means ‘to give way to danger’.
As John’s successor, Jesus knew that the same could happen to Him (cf. Matthew 14:1-12).
‘To Galilee’: This region temporarily exempted Him from persecution from the official authorities (see Matthew 4:14 for more reasons for the move).
This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet
When Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been imprisoned, He withdrew to Galilee and there began His public ministry.
Upon learning that John had been murdered, Jesus withdrew from public view (Matthew 14:13) and from there began His final journey to Jerusalem.
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