New Defender's Study Bible Notes
6:3 offended at Him. See notes on Matthew 13:57 and Luke 4:24.
6:11 day of judgment. There is, indeed, a judgment day coming, and one important factor in the judgment will be response to light received. See note on Matthew 10:15.
6:14 King Herod. See notes on Matthew 2:7; 14:1.
6:19 Herodias. See note on Matthew 14:3.
6:20 Herod feared John. John the Baptist, observed carefully and responsively by Herod, was acknowledged by the latter to be righteous and godly in all respects. It was only the anger of his illicit wife, Herodias, that caused him to arrest John, and then the influence of the sensuous dancing of her daughter that persuaded him to execute John. At least he would not allow John’s body to be further defiled, turning it over to his disciples for honorable burial. John, the first Christian preacher, thus became the first Christian martyr.
6:22 daughter of the said Herodius. See note on Matthew 14:6.
6:31 rest a while. Jesus here indicates the need for at least occasional rest for His zealous and concerned followers. No matter how urgent the need of Christian witness and service, the worker must also provide for his own (I Timothy 5:8) and “give attendance to reading” (I Timothy 4:13), especially to provide spiritual food and guidance for himself and his family.
6:37 pennyworth. See note on Matthew 20:10.
6:44 five thousand. This was a miracle of creation. See note on Matthew 14:20.
6:51 sore amazed. The parallel account in Matthew 14:33 says this amazement, originally based on skepticism, turned to worship, calling Jesus “the Son of God.”