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Did The Rulers Know?
Jesus Christ always observed all of the true Holy Days of the LORD (He gave them to Israel long before - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and 'The God Of The Old Testament'). In this example, He not only attended the Feast of Tabernacles (see The Christian Feast of Tabernacles), He taught there - albeit to many who attempted to ignore Him by saying "How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?"
"7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
"Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?"
Amazingly, they admitted that they knew that Jesus was one of their own (i.e. the Messiah would be of Judah - see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah), but at the same time said "but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is." It was a prime example of how no one can grasp and hold on to the truth unless the time has come for them to see (see the Fact Finder question below).
"7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 7:26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is." (John 7:25-27 KJV)
Jesus nevertheless kept teaching, for the Biblical record, and for those who were then able to understand.
"7:28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. 7:29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
"7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 7:39 But this spake he 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.
Fact Finder: (a) Why didn't most of the religious leadership of that time recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah? (b) What about those who did have the means to know that it was Him?