John 7:49-53
John 7:49 (KJB)
But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.
Here is the blindness of the leaders. They looked at the common people and the uneducated and had declared that since they were not schooled in the law, they were under a curse. The Pharisees had believed that those who were blessed of God were the ones who were able to be educated and graduate from schools of theology which in turn would raise their social status. What they failed to realize in their blind arrogance was that they too were under curse. (Gal 3:10 KJV) For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Galatians 3:10 states that all those who are of the works of the law are under a curse. That curse was the fact that they could not keep the law perfectly for salvation. The Pharisees were in the same situation, as men in sinful flesh, they could not keep the law no matter how many degrees they earned. There are going to be many Ph.D.’s in hell along with many who cannot even read. To escape the curse of the law, one must be found in Christ who kept the law perfectly.
John 7:50 (KJB)
Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)
Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin and a Pharisee himself. His attitude seemed to change after he had that night meeting with Jesus. His name in Hebrew meant “Innocent Blood” and in the Greek it meant “Victory of the People.” His name fit him well because he knew that the leaders had betrayed innocent blood. (Mat 27:4 KJV) Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
John 7:51 (KJB)
Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
Here Nicodemus brought some reason back into their thinking. No man was allowed to be judged by the law unless there was a legitimate reason other than envy or jealousy. Nicodemus knew that there was much envy which resulted in hostility toward Jesus. The law also required that the accused man be given an opportunity to defend himself against accusations. First of all, before they can charge him there must be something to charge him with so they have a legal reason to detain him and question him. Before conviction, there must also be at least two or three credible witnesses or else the accusations will be nothing but hearsay.
John 7:52 (KJB)
They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.
Here we see the corruptness of the Pharisees by how they responded to the plea of Nicodemus for fairness and justice. These leaders had no concern for being fair, they just wanted Jesus out of their lives and they were determined to get Him executed so their lives can go on as usual, with big incomes and luxurious living. They then mocked him and asked him if he was from Galilee? Then they pointed Nicodemus to the Scriptures and declared that no prophet had ever arisen in Galilee. This shows how scripturally illiterate they were. There were several prophets that arose from Galilee such as:
Jonah - (2 Ki 14:25 KJV) He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher.
Nahum - (Nahum 1:1 KJV) The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
Elijah, Elisha, and Hosea also came from regions in and around Galilee.
John 7:53 (KJB)
And every man went unto his own house.
Since the Feast was at an end and the Sanhedrin could not come to a conclusion, they adjourned and left the matter of Jesus to be discussed another day but the seething hatred for Jesus did not abate and only intensified for the next six months until He was finally crucified.