A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus
Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders – John 7:40) Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. 41) Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 42) Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? Psalm 132:11; Luke 2:4. 43) So there was a division among the people because of Him. 44) And some of them would have taken Him; but no man laid hands on Him. 45) Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees: and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought Him? 46) The officers answered, Never man spake like this Man. 47) Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? 48) Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on Him? 1Corinthians 1:20. 49) But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. 50) Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) 51) Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? Deuteronomy 1:17. 52) They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. 53) And every man went unto his own house.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v40-44 Moses predicted that the Prophet; the seed of David; would come (Deuteronomy 18:15, 18; 2Samuel 7:14-16). These people knew that the Messiah was to come from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). However, they did not know that Jesus had been born there. They thought He was from Galilee (v41; Matthew 16:13, 14). v45-49 this crowd…is accursed: The Pharisees accused the people of being ignorant of the law thus under God’s curse (Deuteronomy 28:15). The irony of the situation was that it was the Pharisees, not the crowds, who were under God’s wrath because they had rejected His Son (3:16). v50, 51 Nicodemus (3:1) made a plea for justice (3:2; 12:42; 43) but his pleas was rejected. v52, 53 no prophet has arisen out of Galilee: Actually, the prophets Jonah, Hosea, Nahum, and perhaps Elijah, Elisha, and Amos were from Galilee or close to it.
The malice of Christ’s enemies is always against reason and yet it still exists today. There was never any man that had the wisdom, power, and grace wherewith Christ spake. Many are for a time restrained and speak highly of the word of Jesus, but speedily lose their convictions and go on in their sins! We are foolishly swayed by outward motives in eternal matters. And are willing to be damned for the majority’s sake. Why? Because the wisdom of God often chooses things which men despise and men also despise those whom Christ has chosen. But God requires us to stand firm in our beliefs. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary.More to come and God Bless You.