John 7:52 – They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”
In this passage we see the Chief Priests and the Pharisees rebuking Nicodemus when he stands up for a fair treatment of Jesus. But in doing so they simply prove their ignorance and arrogance. These people were the religious leaders of their day. They were the best of the best, the teachers, the trusted elders. They were the ones you would turn to for your the answers to your questions. They were wrong.
These religious leaders claim that no prophet came from Galilee, yet we know that Jonah and Nahum both came from Galilee.
2 Kings 14:25 – He restored the border of Israel from Lebo-hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, which he spoke by his servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from Gath-hepher.
Nahum 1:1 – An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
Both Elkosh and Gath-hepher were located in Galilee.
I think that there’s an important point for us to learn here: We can’t just take it for granted that what we are told about the bible is the truth. We can’t just expect to be fed good spiritual food. Instead we need to do some research ourselves. We need to put effort into our walk with God if we want to grow – not because God can’t grow us by himself, but because he calls us to be faithful with what he’s given us.
There are so many false teachers out there that we know about. We know of Benny Hinn and Joel Osteen. We know about the Prosperity gospel. But when Jesus talks about false teachers he says they are like wolves in sheep’s clothing. They’re disguised. They aren’t easy to recognise. We need to test out what we are being taught with the only standard that we know is true: God’s word. We need to be like the Bereans who tested Paul’s words out by studying what God’s word said – they were commended for it.
God wants us to ask questions. He wants us to test out people’s words about him with the true standard: his own words. Don’t believe anyone who tells you that it’s wrong to ask questions. Don’t believe anyone who says things that don’t line up with scripture.
Start now: Is what I’ve written true? Were Jonah and Nahum really from Galilee? Is what I’ve said biblical and true?
Acts 17:11 – Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.