15But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
15 Verse 15. Jesus-withdrew himself from thence] It is the part
of prudence and Christian charity not to provoke, if possible, the
blind and the hardened; and to take from them the occasion of sin.
A man of God is not afraid of persecution; but, as his aim is only
to do good, by proclaiming every where the grace of the Lord
Jesus, he departs from any place when he finds the obstacles to
the accomplishment of his end are, humanly speaking, invincible,
and that he can not do good without being the means of much evil.
Yield to the stream when you cannot stem it.
Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all] The
rejection of the Gospel in one place has often been the means of
sending it to and establishing it in another. Jesus healed all
that followed him, i.e. all who had need of healing, and who
desired to be healed; for thus the passage must be understood:-
and is he not still the same? No soul shall ever implore his
healing power in vain; but let it be remembered, that only those
who follow Christ, and apply to him, are healed of their spiritual