John 7:14-53 About the middle of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
Jews (marveled): How does this man know letters, having never learned?
Jesus: My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keep the law? Why do you go about seeking to kill me?
The people: You have a devil; who goes about to kill you?
Jesus: I have done one work, and you all marvel. Moses therefore gave to you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and you on the sabbath day circumcise a man. If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man whole on the sabbath day? Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Some of them of Jerusalem: Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? But he speaks boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? However, we know where this man is from: but when Christ comes, no man will know where he is from.
Jesus (in the temple as he taught): You both know me, and you know where I am from: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom you know not. But I know him: for I am from him, and he has sent me.
Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
Many (who believed): When Christ comes, will he do more miracles than these which this man has done?
The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.
Jesus: Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go to him that sent me. You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, there you cannot come.
Jews (speaking among themselves): Where will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go to the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? What manner of saying is this that he said, You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, there you cannot come?
In the last day of the feast
Jesus: If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this Jesus spoke of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Many: Of a truth this is the Prophet.
Others: This is the Christ.
Some: Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the scripture said, That Christ comes 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. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees.
Pharisees (to the officers): Why have you not brought him?
The officers: Never man spake like this man.
Pharisees: Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? But this people who know not the law are cursed.
Nicodemus: Does our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he does?
Remember Nicodemus? He came to Jesus at night in John 3:1-20. Jesus spoke to him about being born again. And it was to Nicodemus that Jesus spoke those famous words: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Pharisees: Are you also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee arises no prophet.
And every man went to his own house. And Jesus went to the mount of Olives.
The Pharisees were making conclusions from false evidence. They knew the scriptures and knew that no prophet would arise from Galilee. But Jesus came from Bethlehem. and the scriptures do speak of Bethlehem.
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Matthew 2:4-6 And when Herod had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
But Isaiah did speak of Galilee.
Isaiah 9:1-2 ….Zebulun and the land of Naphtali…beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Matthew 4:13-16 And leaving Nazareth, Jesus came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.