Division Among the People

Some of the crowd who had been listening said, ‘He is indeed the prophet,’ and some said, ‘He is the Christ,’ but others said, ‘Would the Christ come from Galilee? Does not scripture say that the Christ must be descended from David and come from Bethlehem, the village where David was?’ So the people could not agree about him. Some wanted to arrest him, but no one actually laid a hand on him.

— John 7:40-44 (New Jerusalem)

Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was a division among the people because of him. And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.

— John 7:40-44 (King Jimmy)

On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” Others said, “He is the Christ.” Still others asked, “How can the Christ come from Galilee? Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David’s family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

— John 7:40-44 (NIV)

One response

  1. Obviously there was much confusion about just who Jesus was. The crowd was asking, “Is he the prophet, is he the Christ?” They wondered, could he be the Christ if he came from Nazareth, not Bethlehem (even though that is where he was born). I can just imagine the community arguing amongst themselves as they try to comprehend this unfolding narrative about who and what they were witnessing. They were trying to absorb something quite extraordinary – and it wasn’t as they had predicted. It is almost as if they were in such a quandary that they were stunned, and all the while, not able to see the forest (God) for the trees (Man).

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