Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law?
Why go ye about to kill me?
The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to
Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all
marvel. Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is
of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a
man. If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of
Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made
a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek
to kill? But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do
the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no
man knoweth whence he is.
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. But I know him: for I am from
him, and he hath sent me.
Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because
his hour was not yet come. (KJV)
Although the Law originated with God, it was distributed by Moses. Grace and truth was distributed
by Jesus. The Jews claimed to follow the Law, but the truth was none of you (the Jews) keepeth
(John 1:17-18) For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No
man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he
hath declared him. (KJV)
(Romans 2:1-11) Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for
wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same
things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which
commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things,
and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches
of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God
leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto
thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who
will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well
doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are
contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the
Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and
also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God. (KJV)
So why do they hypocritically seek to kill Jesus?
The people fain ignorance of the plot to kill Jesus (although some acknowledge it just a few
verses down). Now, they claim Jesus has a devil. It is equivalent to saying, “Are you crazy? Who is
trying to kill you?”
Jesus’ answer is direct and pointed. ¬Jesus had done one thing: healed the lame man on the
Sabbath, at which they all were amazed. Moses appointed circumcision (which had been handed
down since the days of Abraham), and they circumcise on the eighth day, even when that falls
upon the Sabbath, in order to keep the Law. And, they are angry at Jesus for making a man whole
on the Sabbath?
They needed to make sure they reasoned out things correctly. On the face of it, it may seem that
the Law was broken, but when you think about it – there was no violation. They would cut part of a
man off on the Sabbath – that was fine, but when Jesus made a man whole – that was wrong.
Judge righteous judgment.
(Matthew 7:1-5) Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be
judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why
beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in
thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye;
and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine
own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. (KJV)
(1 Timothy 1:8-11) But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that
the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly
and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers,
for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for
menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to
sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to
my trust. (KJV)
In response, some of those who heard Jesus asked, Is not this whom they are looking to kill?
Although others had denied that anyone was wanting to kill Him, it seems to be public knowledge
that they wanted to kill Jesus. He was speaking boldly in the temple, and they said nothing to Him.
(Acts 3:17-18) And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your
rulers. But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that
Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. (KJV)
Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when the Christ cometh, no one knoweth whence
he is. Jerusalem shared the prejudice of its rulers: its citizens felt sure that the rulers could not
accept Jesus as Christ because his manner of coming did not comply with accepted theories.
Prophecy fixed upon Bethlehem as the birthplace and the line of David as the family of the Christ,
but the Jews, probably influenced by Isa 63:8, appear to have held that there would be a mystery
attached to the immediate and actual parentage of the Messiah. Surely there could have been no
greater mystery than the real origin of Jesus as he here outlines it to them, and as they might have
fully known it to be had they chosen to investigate the meaning of his words.
The Fourfold Gospel, J.W. McGarvey
Jesus increased His volume as He responds to their error about His origin. They knew Him, and
they knew where He was from, but not really. All they could think of was Joseph and Mary. They
should have known that He came from God, but the problem was they did not know God. Their
refusal to follow the Law, their disobedience to the prophets, showed they did not know God.
Jesus, however, knew God. He kept the Law perfectly. He was without sin. But I know Him, for I am
from Him, and He hath sent me.
Presuming that His words were blasphemy,
Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet