- John 7:43-48
- John 7:43 (KJB)
- So there was a division among the people because of him.
- Division - Dissension, schism, or split
- Since everyone seemed to have their own opinion about Jesus, this caused
a great dissension among the crowd. There was much confusion as a consensus
of opinion was not going to happen. This situation has never vanished since
even today there is much discussion about who Jesus is. Many call Him a
teacher, revolutionary, prophet, leader of a sect, Messiah, Son of God,
cosmic Christ of the New Age, etc. The only place a person will ever find
truth about Jesus is in the King James Bible. There are many Gnostic
omissions in the modern versions which chop the name “Lord Jesus Christ” to
bring Him down to only a human level. Here is just one example from the ESV:
- Acts 16:31
- (KJV) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and
thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
- (ESV) And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,
you and your household."
- John 7:44 (KJB)
- And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on
- Taken - Capture or apprehend
- Some of those who had the wrong understanding of who Jesus was wanted to
take Him and arrest Him. However, since the timing was not yet, they would
not be able to arrest Him because everything had to be done in God’s timing
for a certain purpose. Nothing in the Kingdom of God is ever done randomly.
The leaders had probably stirred up the people and there are two ways to do
crowd control: 1) Quench the crowd; or 2) Light the fire. It depends on how
you want to control the crowd, if you want to incite them or calm them down.
In this case the leaders wanted to take Jesus and had lit the fire of
unbelief and false accusations against Him.
- John 7:45 (KJB)
- Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said
unto them, Why have ye not brought him?
- The officers in view here would have been the Levites who were the
temple police. (1 Chr 9:22 KJV) All
these which were chosen to be porters in the gates were two
hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their
villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office.
These may have been the porters who were given charge of
watching the gates in the temple. The leaders wanted to know why Jesus was
not arrested and brought to them. These officers were taught to be impartial
and not to make a hasty decision concerning anyone.
- John 7:46 (KJB)
- The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
- They found the teachings of Jesus to be in line with the Scriptures and
the coming Messiah. They could not arrest a man for preaching. The officers
would have to arrest Jesus on a legal charge and not a theological one.
Jesus did not break the law because He was teaching in the Temple, the place
where all teaching took place. It was the hatred which the leaders had for
Jesus that caused them to want Him arrested on a flimsy or no-stick charge.
Jesus taught with great conviction and authority and that may be what had
impressed these officers.
- John 7:47 (KJB)
- Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?
- Then the Pharisees leveled the accusation against them that they were
deceived by the teaching of Jesus. They had to be careful because if these
officers had become the disciples of Jesus, then the leaders would be unable
to bring any charges against Jesus and maybe the tables would be turned and
they would be brought up on some type of charges concerning withholding the
information that this was truly the Messiah. So the Pharisees had to bide
their time and try to set Jesus up on charges which could stick and
hopefully get Him arrested and executed.
- John 7:48 (KJB)
- Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?
- The officers had asked them the question if any of the ruling body, the
Sanhedrin, had believed on Jesus? At this point they were probably not aware
that Nicodemus was well on his way to becoming a disciple of Jesus. The Jews
had figured that no educated person would ever take the claims of Jesus
seriously. (Mat 11:25 KJV) At that time
Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast
revealed them unto babes. Just like today, unsaved
people revel in their educational achievements and many relegate religion to
the mindset of the Middle Ages. The Jews thought they were superior to the
masses because of their education and their status in the community. It is
the same today, many with high educational degrees look down their noses at
those who do not have degrees and that arrogancy leads them deeper into
unbelief. If it wasn’t for election, none of them would ever become saved.