Friday, January 11, 2013

Galilee of the Gentiles

Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders

John 7:45-52

45Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring Him in?”
46“No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards declared.
47“You mean He has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48“Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in Him? 49No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”
50Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51“Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?”
52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”

Many of the Galileans had believed in Jesus, which the Jews considered to be a reproach.

They said, “Search and examine the Scriptures, search the public registers, and you will see that out of Galilee there arises no prophet. Neither the Messiah, nor any other prophet, has ever proceeded from Galilee, nor ever can.”

This conclusion was false because Jonah, the son of Amittai, was, of “Zebulun”, and that his father was of Zebulun, and his mother was of Asher in Galilee. The Prophet Nahum was also a Galilean, for he was of the tribe of Simeon and some suppose that Malachi was of the same place. The town of Elijah, the Tishbite, was in Galilee also. They might likewise have known that Jesus was not born in Galilee, but at Bethlehem, even from the public register there, and from the genealogies of the family of David.

Isaiah 9:1 (New Living Translation)

“Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.”

This prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus went and lived in Capernaum in Galilee.

Matthew 4:13-17 NIV

Leaving Nazareth, He went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali - to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,

the way to the sea, along the Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles—

the people living in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of the shadow of death

a light has dawned.”

From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”


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