SynopsisIn the last passage, Jesus had been tempted by Satan. (And, obviously, resisted the temptation.) In this passage, he hears that John the Baptist has been arrested, and then goes into the region of Galilee, and begins preaching that the “kingdom of heaven is at hand” (verse 17 (ESV) ), and people need to repent. Verses 14–16 (ESV) cite some Old Testament passages, that illustrate that this was prophesied.
ThoughtsVerse 12 (ESV) tells us that Jesus begins his ministry when he hears that John the Baptist has been arrested. I’m not sure if that just happens to be the time that he begins, or if the arrest of John the Baptist causes Jesus to begin his ministry—was he waiting for this?
Finding a good map will help you understand where Jesus went; BibleMap.org wasn’t much help in this case, but the ESV Study Bible had a pretty good map. The passage says this:
Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali… (verses 12–13 (ESV) , bold formatting added)Basically, Galilee is the overall region, and Capernaum and Nazareth are cities in that region. From the context, and the map in the ESV Study Bible, I assume that “the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali” are sub-regions within Galilee, which must have encompassed the cities mentioned. (In other words, the areas where the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali lived.)