(KJV.) ST. JOHN 7:40-42
(40) Many of the people, therefore when they heard this saying, said; Of a truth, this is the Prophet.
(41) Others said; This is the Christ. But some said; Shall Christ come out of Galilee?
(42) Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
GALILEE OF THE GENTILES
Brethren, in this twenty-first century; Jesus Christ is using many of his believers all over the world to preach the gospel truth, heal the afflicted, sanctify the sorrowful hearts of men, enlighten their pathways out of the darkness of this world into the marvelous lights of his glory; today, let us ask ourselves, are we actively involved in the will of Jesus Christ? The fact is, we are all gifted in this world, therefore, we all have something to offer the world, in other to make our lives worthful on earth; therefore, let us not lay aside our gifts, but rather work the works, and possess our possessions on earth and forever and evermore.
In reference to the above text chapter, on the last day of the feast of Tabernacle, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. cf. 37-38; Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit, which was not yet given to believers, cf. Acts 2:17: however, many of the people heard this saying, and debated among themselves, some said, "Of a truth, this is the Prophet."; these are the analytic thinkers! Others said, "This is the Christ."; the positive thinkers! But some said, "Shall Christ come out of Galilee."; the negative, doubtful thinkers! Therefore, let us be care of the circles we associate ourselves with; for, good things comes to good people!
The negative thinkers spoke of Jesus Christ as the unfruitful product of Galilee; the question is, what is the city of Galilee? Referring to the scriptures, King Solomon rewarded Hiram for services rendered to him, gave him a gift from the mountain lands of Naphtali; Hiram was dissatisfied with the gift the King gave him, expressed his concerns and called it "the land of Cabul", cf. 1 King 9:13; the Jews called Galil, and henceforth it became the Galilee of the Gentiles, cf. Matthew 4:15-16; therefore, Jesus being associated with Galilee was uncreditable to him; that was the reason why the negative thinkers made that degraded remarks about him; saying, Hath, not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? As believers, when negative thinkers attack who we are in Christ, let us not give them the audience, for, Jesus did not listen to their degrading remarks but focused entirely on the will of our Father, accomplished his assignment successfully on earth.
Brethren, this is where they were confused; (i) per the book of Micah 5:2, Jesus was to be born in Bethlehem of Judea; the prophecy was fulfilled, per Matthew 2:1; however, when King Herod sought to terminate the life of Jesus, and killed all the children in Bethlehem, cf. Matthew 2:16; Joseph being warned by an angel in a dream, fled into Egypt with Jesus, until they receive a word from our Father to return back home; therefore, Jesus was taken to Egypt first after his birth, because King Herod sought to kill him; (ii) after Herod died, an angel of the Lord, appeared to Joseph in a dream, instructed him to return to the land of Israel for the people who sought his life were dead; however, when he heard that Herod's son Archelaus reigned in Judea, he was afraid to go back to Israel; regardless, since our Father instructed it, they turned aside into the parts of Galilee and dwelt in the city of Nazareth where Jesus grew up; and the prophecy which was spoken by the prophets, saying, he shall be called a Nazarene, was fulfilled. cf. Matthew 2:23; therefore, there are no impossibilities with Jesus Christ, if our lives are predetermined to go certain ways, he will make it happen as proposed by our Father; whatever men rule out as impossible, he makes them possible by his grace.
Today, Jesus is saying to all those who believe in him; "with men things are impossible, but not with our Father: for with our Father all things are possible."; consequently, no matter where we are in life today, let us cheer up, trust his will for our lives, for things will work out perfectly according to his plans and purposes, in him, it is well with our souls forever and evermore! Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. John 1:46 And Nathaniel said unto him, and saith of him, Can there any good thing come out Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.