Wednesday, July 28, 2021
47-49 The Pharisees said, “Are you carried away like the rest of the rabble? You don’t see any of the leaders believing in him, do you? Or any from the Pharisees? It’s only this crowd, ignorant of God’s Law, he takes that in—and damned.”
50-51 Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus earlier and was both a ruler and a Pharisee, spoke up. “Does our Law decide about a man’s guilt without first listening to him and finding out what he is doing?”
52-53 But they cut him off. “Are you also campaigning for the Galilean? Examine the evidence. See if any prophet ever comes from Galilee.”
Then they all went home.
-John 7:47-53 The Message (52 in other versions)
There was confusion about Jesus, who he was, and where he was born. So we continue into verse 47 in response from the officers about why they didn’t bring Jesus in.
“You have not also been led astray, have you?” The Pharisees asked. “No one of the rulers or Pharisees has believed in Him, has he?” But this crowd which does not know the Law is accursed.”
Studying verses 47-49: The Jewish leaders resisted the truth about Christ because it wasn’t their truth to begin with, so they made sure they made themselves an “elite” group with the truth. I have my fair share of debates, statistical information for when I am debating, etc. These are not debates about the Bible but more about racism, discrimination, racial profiling, and its effects. I do bring the Bible into it sometimes, depending on the debate. I want to be sure that I am sharing the truth and not talking because that will make you look bad, regardless of whether you sound intelligent. I can’t make myself “elite” because of my preparations before debating. God’s truth is available to everyone, so I can’t get caught up in the Pharisees’ self-centered and narrow-minded attitude.
Continuing to verses 50-52: Nicodemus (he who came to Him before, being one of them) said to them, “Our Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?” They answered him, “You are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and see that no prophet arises out of Galilee.”
Unpacking: We are learning about some insight into Nicodemus. He is the Pharisee who visited Jesus at night, which is in chapter 3. The one thing we know about Nicodemus is he became a secret believer in Jesus. Most of the Pharisees didn’t like Jesus and wanted him killed. Nicodemus risked his high position and reputation to speak up for Jesus. He made a bold statement, and after that, the Pharisees became suspicious. After Jesus’ death, Nicodemus brought spices for his body. (19:39) But Nicodemus confronted the Pharisees with their failure to keep their laws. They lost ground while the guards were impressed by Jesus. (7:46) Which one of their own (Nicodemus) defending Jesus. They are being exposed for all the wrongs and their motives, which slowly started ending. Their ego did interfere with their ability to reason, and they came obsessed with getting rid of Jesus to save themselves. At this point, what was right and wrong didn’t matter. The last time we hear from Nicodemus after this.
What we are going through today is what the Pharisees are doing. Nothing matters now as people cannot tell right from wrong and defend corruption from the last four years. What the Bible describes is what is happening today. Pray today for our nation because it is wrong as we continue to deal with the sin and difficulty of being right and wrong.
Father, thank you for your love, wisdom, and understanding. I pray for your grace and mercy. I pray for our nation as many people are having a hard time between right and wrong. I pray for peace and open-mindedness. In Jesus’ name. Amen!