Did you notice in today’s reading that “some people of Jerusalem” said , “But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” (vs 27)
Yet, just a couple paragraphs later some said, “Is this Christ to come from Galilee? Has not scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” (vs. 42)
Why were the people split on this point?
I have a theory as to why the people were saying two different things on the point of where the Christ will come from…..they had different teachers…why would the teachers not be teaching the same thing?
Why would a teacher of the law abandon what scripture predicts? Well, let’s look back at the time when Jesus was born. Herod assembled “all the chief priests and scribes of the people” and “inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.” (Matt. 2:3-6) It was unanimous; all agreed and told the king, “In Bethlehem of Judea for so it is written by the prophet”, and they quoted Micah 5:2.
So, in review, the wise men asked Herod (who was in Jerusalem), Herod gathered the “teachers of the law” (who were also in Jerusalem), and now 30 years later we are back in Jerusalem discussing the same topic. Yet, this time there is not a unanimous opinion to the answer. The teachers taught the people different things….
I wonder….if some of the teachers are the same ones who consulted Herod thirty years prior.🤔 If they were learned teachers of about 30 years old, when Herod asked, they would be 60 years old now. What if….some of those older teachers had been living with the guilt of what their “consultation” produced…the death of all boys in Bethlehem 2 years old and younger.
Guilt has a way of making people change their minds on issues……regardless of the facts…..
Because of the work I do related to the abortion industry, I can’t help relating that guilt to what I see in women and men today. People who once held that abortion is wrong, change their mind when they have had a hand in it. They become adamant defenders of “pro-choice”, insisting that a pregnancy does not equal a worthy human. Despite the information available showing that life begins at conception, they will defend their stance vehemently! It’s hard not to look at some of the people at protests, with rage in their face, and not see the internal conflict raging in their souls. I wonder if the Scribes and Pharisees, who were saying “no one knows where the Messiah would come from”, made that up; changed their stance to alleviate the guilty conscious they have held for 30 years?
It sounds reasonable, don’t you think?….