I enjoyed reading these verses today:
When they heard [Jesus’] words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” John 7: 40-42
I love that these folks are arguing about whether or not Jesus can be the Christ (the Messiah) based on his birthplace.
Here’s the prophecy to which they refer:
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days. Micah 5: 2
Of COURSE, they say, Jesus can’t be the Messiah – he wasn’t born in Bethlehem.
If only they knew! (Guess they hadn’t read the other Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth! LOL)
And when Nicodemus suggests that they leaders shouldn’t judge Jesus without a fair hearing, they reply: “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” (and what’s worse, Jesus came from Nazareth about which Nathanael said “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” John 1: 46)
Maybe the leaders figured Nicodemus supported Jesus because they hailed from the same backwoods area.
Oh, and by the way, at least one prophet, Jonah, came from Galilee. so the leaders were exaggerating the truth on that point….
Just an interesting observation tonight. Nothing more!
Dear Lord: Thank You that You fulfilled so many Old Testament prophecies – which both give credence to Jesus’ divinity, underscore that You are the author of Scripture, and tie the entire Bible together. Help me to trust You with my future – since You have it all planned out just like You planned out so many future events and used the OT writers to prophecy them. Amen