Come Out of Galilee
And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ
cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath
The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things
concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to
Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I
go unto him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and
where I am, thither ye cannot come.
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? What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye
shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye
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. He that
believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water. (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.)
Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a
truth this is the Prophet.
Others said, This is the Christ.
But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the
scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the
town of Bethlehem, where David was?
So there was a division among the people because of him. And some
of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. (KJV)
Although there were those who did not believe in Jesus and sought to kill Him, many of the people
believed on Him. Their reasoning was, when the Messiah came, will He do more miracles than
Jesus did? The miracles performed had their effect.
The Pharisees, however, had their ears to the ground, and heard what the people were talking
about in private and under their breath. So the Pharisees, along with the chief priests, appointed
some of the temple guard to go and arrest Jesus, bringing Him to them.
Addressing those who are trying to take Him by force, Jesus says, Yet a little while am I with you,
and then I go unto him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am,
thither ye cannot come.
This thoroughly confuses them. They have no idea what He is talking about. Where can He go that
they will be unable to find Him? Is He talking about going to the Gentiles and teaching them? Just
what is He talking about?
Having the advantage of hindsight, we know that Jesus was talking about His death. He would be
with them a little while longer, but then He would die, go to Hades, come back and ascend unto
the Father. That was a trip that the thief on the cross could go part way, but no one (at this time)
could go with Jesus all the way.
The last day of the feast, Jesus proclaimed boldly, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and
drink. This is reminiscent of His conversation with the woman at the well.
Those who would seek righteousness, and listen to the words of Jesus, obeying Him, would receive the blessings
beginning with the reception of the Spirit, and ending in eternal life.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said. Notice that "believing" corresponds to "coming" in Joh 7:37,
showing that faith is the means that brings us to Christ. The reference is not to any single passage, but to the spirit
of the Scripture, notably such passages as Isa 55:1; 58:11; Ps 36:8-9.
Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Christ is the living water; he who believes upon Christ has Christ
formed within him, and hence must become a fountain to dispense the living water whatever he goes.
B. W. Johnson
As the scripture hath said. In such passages as Isa 58:11; Zec 14:8, etc.
J. W. McGarvey, The Fourfold Gospel; pp. 448-449
But this spake he of the Spirit. The first and second chapters of the Book of Acts is the best comment upon this
passage. When Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father and was glorified, he sent forth the Spirit upon his
apostles on the day of Pentecost, and the apostles in turn promised the gift of the Spirit to all who would believe,
repent, and be baptized.
J. W. McGarvey
This spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive. This declaration of John makes the
second chapter of Acts the best commentary on Joh 7:38. Luther says: "So St. Peter, by one sermon on the day of
Pentecost, as by a rushing of water, delivered three thousand men from the devil's kingdom, washing them in an
hour from sin, death and Satan."
Because Jesus was not yet glorified. Let it be noted, (1) That the Holy Spirit was not given until after the death
and ascension of Jesus. (2) The disciples of Christ did not become "fountains of living water" [Joh 7:38] until the
Holy Spirit was sent. This marks Pentecost as the beginning of the preaching of the gospel authoritatively by his
B. W. Johnson
There were many people who heard Him who believed. Their response: Of a truth this is the
Prophet. … This is the Christ.
(Deuteronomy 18:15-19) The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of
thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou
desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear
again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise
them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his
mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass,
that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will
require it of him. (KJV)
But, there were those who were skeptical to say the least. They were ignorant of His birth and
youth, not knowing that He was born in Bethlehem, and was of the seed of David through both the
flesh by Mary, and legally through Joseph. (Matthew chapters 1 & 2; Luke 3:23-38).
The people were divided over Jesus. Some would have arrested Him and delivered Him to death,
but no one did yet, for His time was not yet come.