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They Could Not Believe
John 12:37-43
But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That
the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath
believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?


Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their
eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand
with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.


These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.


Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the
Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they
loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.  (KJV)
Yet they believed not on Him

Jesus performed many miracles in His life. Beginning with turning water to wine and ending
with the resurrection of Lazarus, the wonders He worked upon nature and the healing of the
sick and injured, left no doubt that God was with Him. Yet, despite these miracles, many people
still refused to believe on Him.


(John 1:10-13) He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him
not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to
them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  
(KJV)


(John 20:30-31) And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which
are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.  (KJV)


(John 21:25) And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should
be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that
should be written. Amen.  (KJV)


Isaiah 53:1


(Isaiah 53:1-12) Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no
form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire
him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we
hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath
borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God,
and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.


He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb
to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He
was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was
cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he
made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no
violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.


Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul
an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the
LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by
his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the
transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  
(KJV)


Isaiah 6:9,10


(Isaiah 6:9-13) And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and
see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy,
and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand
with their heart, and convert, and be healed.


Then said I, Lord, how long?

And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man,
and the land be utterly desolate, And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a
great forsaking in the midst of the land. But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and
shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their
leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.  (KJV)


Many believed on Him

Even though there were many people who rejected Jesus, there were many who believed on
Him, even among the chief rulers of the people. Nicodemus is probably the best example.
However, they lacked the courage of their faith. They believed, but would not confess their
faith, lest they be put out of the synagogue.


(Matthew 10:32-34) Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess
also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I
also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on
earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  (KJV)


They loved the praise of man more than the praise of God

(John 5:44-47) How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the
honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is
one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would
have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe
my words?  (KJV)