v. 41 – “… some asked, “does the Christ come out of Galilee? The multitude showed their ignorance. They lacked interest in finding out the true place where Jesus was born. A long time before Jesus was born, Micah, a Levite of David’s day and a minor prophet, prophesied the One who would be the ruler of Israel, would be from Bethlehem of Judea. (Micah 5:2). In Luke 2:4-7, the Bible tells us Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea.
v. 43 – … there arose a division in the multitude because of Him. In Matthew 10:34, why did Jesus say, I didn’t come to send peace (a harmonious relationship between men), but a sword
(disputes that destroy peace)? Sometimes, after a person is converted to Christianity, there is a conflict with the non-believers in the family. Some Christians are persecuted and some die because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, …My peace I give to you …Don’t let your heart be troubled neither let it be fearful (John 14:27). For we who are Christians, there is good news. We have eternal life. Jesus promised to give us peace that is far superior to what the world can offer. But following Christ assumes we are willing to endure hardships. Although… His name will be called… Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), Jesus Christ will not deceive us into thinking that, in this world, we will be free from conflict.
v. 44 – Some of them would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on Him. Remember in John 7:8 Jesus told His brothers, you go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to the feast, because my time is not yet fulfilled. It was because the time had not arrived for Jesus’
crucifixion on the Cross, etc.
vv. 45-46- the chief priest and Pharisees asked the officers “Why didn’t you bring Him?” The members of the Sanhedrin sent the temple officers, also known as temple guards, to arrest Jesus and bring Him back to them. However, when the temple guards returned to the Sanhedrin, they arrived without Him. It was because Jesus’ words touched their hearts. They said, “No man ever spoke like this man!” They recognized while Jesus was a man, He was greater than any other man.
vv. 47-48 – “You aren’t also led astray, are you?” On religious grounds, the Pharisees made fun of them. They said, have any of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees? The Pharisees, being self-righteous, accused the temple officers of being deceived. The Pharisees, who thought of themselves as specialists in religious instruction, believed they could not be deceived.
v. 49 – this multitude (the crowd) that doesn’t know the law is accursed. “The view of the rabbis was the “common people” were ignorant compared to them. “Their ignorance of Scripture, but especially the common people’s failure to follow the Pharisees’ oral tradition (made them) accursed. The people were considered (hindered) because they did not belong to the elite group or follow their beliefs regarding the law (John MacArthur).
-The Scripture passages are based on the World English Bible (WEB)-
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