John 1: 43-45: 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
Sometimes I wonder why did only a few recognize, why were the ones who could actually read the scrolls so blind? They had the word, yet were oblivious. Fishermen, craftsmen, people who may or may not have been able to read, ones who most often heard the word read. Ones, who did not have the responsibility of sharing the Laws and the scrolls with people, and were not immersed in reading the scriptures daily. The “Learned men” did not see the fulfillment of prophecy, but the “unlearned” the everyday person; they are the ones that realized Jesus is the fulfillment of prophecy .
Is that different from today? Yes, today we can read the Word of God in so many places. There are many versions which translate the Word of God, not sure all are true translations. I think some lose some of the meaning in translation. A person can read the hard copy, they can read the online version. You can listen to it online or on CD. There are apps and concordances, Bible dictionaries. There are commentaries, the most famous being Matthew Henry (Matthew Henry: 18 October 1662 – 22 June 1714) was a Nonconformist minister and author.) His commentaries are found on many of the online Bible websites. He breaks down the Bible and his explanations are still understood today. We have all this at our fingertips for FREE. Yet many do not believe. We know but we do not believe. We have all the resources yet people still frown at the words Merry Christmas or Happy Easter, or Happy Resurrection Day. The evidence is plain. Don’t think that God is God? Read the Bible, see the evidence in the birds of the sky and the crops growing year after year. Ever see a soybean field with “volunteer” corn stalks? The farmer receives the corn and the soybeans which he planted. He did absolutely nothing to make the corn grow. He may have even treated it as a weed. But God made it grow. Wild berries grow everywhere. We do not do a thing to make them grow, yet they do giving food to the animals that live around the berries. The rainbow is another example, it is there no matter what we do as are the moon and the stars. Yet many do not believe. Merry Christmas.