People Divided and Unbelief (Keyword–Divided)
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When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, “Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.” Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others said, “But he can’t be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee?
John 7:40-42 (NLT)
They thought Jesus was the Prophet Moses spoke of in Deuteronomy 18:15, which says, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.” By the people’s statement in the next verse, it can be seen that they thought there was a difference between the Messiah or Christ and that Prophet.
What was the result of this declaration and invitation?
The people were divided: some defended Him and some wanted to arrest (John 7:12).
Is He “the Christ”? (John 7:31)
Is He the promised “Prophet”?
These people had just enough knowledge of the Word to get all messed up. If only they had honestly examined the evidence, they would have discovered that, indeed, He was the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus may have lived in Galilee when He began His ministry, but He was born in Bethlehem, exactly as the scripture had prophesied (Micah 5:2).
Rumors and opinions about the true identity of Jesus divided the crowd.
John 7:43 (VOICE)
Some people today believe that the preaching of the Gospel ought to stop all division, but that’s not the model Jesus gave us. The true Gospel will cause division (Matthew 10:34-36). It will eliminate the middle ground (Revelation 3:15-16). People will either be for or against, but not indifferent to, the true presentation of who Jesus is.
Some wanted to arrest Him, but no one dared to touch Him.
John 7:44 (VOICE)
Once again Jesus’ superior power was manifested in His protection from those who wanted to kill Him. No man took His life from Him. He had to lay it down willingly or they could have done nothing (John 10:18).