John 7:52, “They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.”
During the short years that I’ve lived on earth I’ve heard the phrase “the experts say” many times. There have been a few times that I searched to see if what these “experts” said was true. There are people who have lived and live on this earth that have done their homework. These individuals have labored to give an informed answer to those who desired knowledge. But just because you hear “the experts say,” it doesn’t guarantee that what was said is correct or right. How do we know what is true? By searching for the truth ourselves.
In our study verse, we read the words of those who opposed the Lord. Nicodemus had grown in grace and knowledge from the time when he conversed with Jesus in John chapter 3, and now he is defending the Lord before his peers. They declared “for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.” They were basically saying, Nicodemus, how could you be right? We, the experts, know that no prophet has come from Galilee (Nazareth was a city of the northern region of Galilee). If Nicodemus just received their words as being fact, how could he continue to defend the Lord? The experts had spoken. They cannot be wrong, right?
One BIG problem, they were wrong. Enough research would reveal that Jonah, the prophet of God, was from Galilee. 2 Kings 14:25 teaches us this fact. Jonah was from “Gathhepher,” which is in Galilee (located North East of Nazareth). Enough research would also reveal that Elijah, the prophet of God, was from Galilee. 1 Kings 17:1 teaches us that Elijah the Tishbite was from Gilead, which is in Galilee (East, South East of Nazareth).
In today’s world, we constantly hear from a slew of so called experts (I think “slew” is a Georgia term for a “bunch”). But are they all right/correct? I once heard a man say, “if God began to censor those things which are not true, the way the social media companies like to censor those who disagree with them, over 95% of the conversations in the world would cease to be.” In the 1930’s to 1940’s there was a man named Joseph Goebbels, who was a politician and chief propagandist in the German Nazi party. He is attributed with the saying “if you repeat a lie long enough, it eventually becomes the truth.” In Psychology this is known as “Creating an Illusion of Truth.” But in this type of environment, how can we know what’s right and what’s wrong?
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the Lord has blessed us with the Word of Truth, the King James Bible. The devil hates the King James Bible. If he had his way, the King James Bible would be removed from all book shelves. Why? The devil hates the truth. If we desire to test anything spoken, the Bible is the standard by which these things may be judged. Not only are we able to test the words, but even the motive of the person speaking. 1 Corinthians 2:15, “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”In this present world, there are many who claim to be teaching the truth about Jesus. They will often claim to be, or claim to have been taught by, the educated experts. We also live in a world where people in our government are pushing non-scriptural ideas, citing “the experts say.” How do we know what is true? By testing it by the Word. If you want to test what you are being told, use what God has given and preserved. The Lord will never lead you away from the truth and what’s right. And He is the only True Expert, because He knows it all.