|Never Man Spake
Like This Man
Then came the officers to the chief priests and
Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not
The officers answered, Never man spake like this
Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also
deceived? Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees
believed on him? But this people who knoweth not
the law are cursed.
Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by
night, being one of them,) Doth our law judge any
man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of
Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth
And every man went unto his own house. (KJV)
When the Pharisees and chief priests heard that the people were contemplating whether Jesus
was the Messiah or not, they sent some of the temple guard to arrest Jesus. However, the officers
came back empty handed. When asked why they replied, NEVER MAN SPAKE LIKE THIS MAN.
Indeed, never before, and never again would a man influence the world as did Jesus of Nazareth.
His eloquence, His wisdom, His mercy, His grace, His words were never equaled in the history of
the world, and will never be equaled again.
We only have a sampling of what Jesus said and did in the New Testament.
(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)
We have everything that we need to know. Everything that will allow us to come to a knowledge of
the truth, and live a life acceptable to God.
(2 Peter 1:2-4) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of
Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto
life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be
partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
This is true, not only of the words in red (the words which are recorded that Jesus spoke while
here on the earth); but, of the words of the apostles and prophets who wrote the remainder of the
(John 16:12-14) I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit
when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of
himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to
come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (KJV)
(1 Corinthians 14:37) If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him
acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. (KJV)
The Pharisees asked the officers if they were also deceived by this man. After all, if He was the
Messiah, would not the rulers and the Pharisees believed on Him? It is the people who do not
know the Law who are to believe Jesus. Or so they thought. They were unaware that is was they
who were ignorant of the Law and its prophecies, as well as the facts of Jesus’ life that showed
His fulfillment of the prophecies that they were attempting to use against them.
Nicodemus was part of the Sanhedrin, or part of the rulers of the Jews. He had come to Jesus
with questions, and Jesus had taught him of the new birth (John 3:1-36).
He spoke up, if not in defense of Jesus, at least as the voice of reason. DOES OUR LAW JUDGE
ANY MAN BEFORE IT HEARS HIM AND KNOWS WHAT HE DOES?
Prejudice, or prejudgment, has always been contrary to God’s Law.
(Deuteronomy 19:15-19) One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for
any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three
witnesses, shall the matter be established. If a false witness rise up against any man to testify
against him that which is wrong; Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall
stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days; And
the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and
hath testified falsely against his brother; Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have
done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you. (KJV)
(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 beye. (KJV)
This caused the group to turn on Nicodemus. They asked if he was also from Galilee, knowing full well that
he was from Judah. It was an insult.
Furthermore, they make the erroneous statement: SEARCH, AND LOOK: FOR OUT OF GALILEE ARISETH NO
PROPHET. This statement was wrong on two accounts: 1) there had been prophets who came from Galilee;
and, 2) Jesus was born in Bethlehem (a fact they seem to be ignorant of).
Out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. The rulers in their rage make a false statement. Jonah (2Ki 14:25), Elijah
(1Ki 17:1) and Nahum (Na 1:1) were all of Galilee.
– B.W. Johnson, The People’s New Testament with Notes.
The Pharisees and chief priests then leave the matter alone, and EVERY MAN WENT UNTO HIS