“On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink! The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been received because Jesus had not yet been glorified.”, John 7:37-39 HCSB

“When some from the crowd heard these words, they said, “This really is the Prophet! ” Others said, “This is the Messiah! ” But some said, “Surely the Messiah doesn’t come from Galilee, does He? Doesn’t the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from David’s offspring and from the town of Bethlehem, where David once lived? ” So a division occurred among the crowd because of Him. Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him.”, John 7:40-44 HCSB

  • Some from the crowd (perhaps most from the crowd) apparently did not know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. I say most because when the one side raised the question about Jesus coming from Bethlehem, if the other side had known that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, they would have told the other side?

“Then the temple police came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why haven’t you brought Him? ” The police answered, “No man ever spoke like this! ” Then the Pharisees responded to them: “Are you fooled too? Have any of the rulers or Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd, which doesn’t know the law, is accursed! ””, John 7:45-49 HCSB

  • Actually, the answer to their question is “Yes!”. Nicodemus (and others who were afraid to be honest). So it wasn’t that some of the rulers or Pharisees didn’t believe in Jesus, it was that their system prevented rulers and Pharisees from coming forward because they would be excommunicated if they did!

“Nicodemus — the one who came to Him previously, being one of them — said to them, “Our law doesn’t judge a man before it hears from him and knows what he’s doing, does it? ” “You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? ” they replied. “Investigate and you will see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” So each one went to his house.”, John 7:50-53 HCSB

  • Were they correct when they said no prophet arises from Galilee? I found this with a google search:

“Answer: It’s incredible that these supposed experts did not know that five prophets came out of Galilee— Jonah, Nahum, Hosea, Elijah, and Elisha. Jesus was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth, which is in Galilee. He was called Jesus of Nazareth, so the Pharisees assumed that He was born in Galilee.”

  • Not only this, they apparently missed a messianic prophecy:

“Nevertheless, the gloom of the distressed land will not be like that of the former times when He humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali. But in the future He will bring honor to the Way of the Sea, to the land east of the Jordan, and to Galilee of the nations. The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness. You have enlarged the nation and increased its joy. The people have rejoiced before You as they rejoice at harvest time and as they rejoice when dividing spoils. For You have shattered their oppressive yoke and the rod on their shoulders, the staff of their oppressor, just as You did on the day of Midian. For the trampling boot of battle and the bloodied garments of war will be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this.”, Isaiah 9:1-7 HCSB

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