Miracles of Jesus: Healing people within a crowd that followed him in Galilee

(Matthew 12:14-21, Mark 3:6-12)

After Jesus heals the man with the withered hand in Galilee, he retreats to the Sea of Galilee as Pharisees are plotting to have him killed.

A crowd of people follows behind Jesus as he retreats. He takes compassion on them and heals many, including people who were demonically possessed.

The Gospel accounts of this event indicate that people are now traveling from beyond the borders of Israel to see and be healed by Jesus.

This event is one of many examples in the Gospels in which Jesus leaves an area because of opposition from religious leaders but continues his public ministry without interruption.

In Mark’s account:

6 The Pharisees went out, and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

7 Jesus withdrew to the sea with his disciples; and a great multitude followed him from Galilee, from Judea, 8 from Jerusalem, from Idumaea, beyond the Jordan, and those from around Tyre and Sidon. A great multitude, hearing what great things he did, came to him. 9 He spoke to his disciples that a little boat should stay near him because of the crowd, so that they wouldn’t press on him. 10 For he had healed many, so that as many as had diseases pressed on him that they might touch him. 11 The unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, fell down before him and cried, “You are the Son of God!” 12 He sternly warned them that they should not make him known.

- Mark 3:6-12, WEB

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