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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?

7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 7:18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." (John 7:14-18 KJV)

"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).

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"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.

7:30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 7:31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?

7:32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him [see Was Paul Among Them?].

7:33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. 7:34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? 7:36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?" (John 7:28-36 KJV)

"In the last day, that great day of the feast" (see The Christian Eighth Day), Christ's sermon topic was about the very reason that some could hear, while others could not, yet (see Living Waters).

"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.

7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.

7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him. 7:44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him." (John 7:37-44 KJV)

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?
(a) See Why Can't 'The Chosen People' See?
(b) See The Unpardonable Sin

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