Truth or “Truism”

When Jesus was on earth, he often had conflict with the Pharisees, religious leaders of the time. The Pharisees had a long list of rules about how to follow their religion. For example, they were upset when Jesus healed someone on the Sabbath which sounds ridiculous.

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After one such confrontation, which of course the Pharisees ended up looking bad, they were complaining among themselves about Jesus. Nicodemus spoke up saying that they should hear Jesus first before condemning him. The Pharisees repeated a “truism” that no prophet could come from Galilee. All of this is recorded in John 7.

For my purposes here, a truism is something accepted as true but perhaps is not true.

But wait. They overlooked something important. Perhaps you have heard the passage from Isaiah 9 about- Unto to Us A Son Is Given. He shall be called Mighty God, Prince of Peace. It is in the famous Handel’s Messiah and other songs.

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That is a Messianic passage and one the Pharisees should have known. Messianic meaning the promise of the Messiah or Promised One from God.

If we look at the first verse in Isaiah 9, we see this”

“Nevertheless, there will be no more gloomΒ for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,Β but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan”

In the future he will honor Galilee of the nations. That is then immediately followed by the lines we hear in Handel’s Messiah. The truth is that the connection of Galilee and the Messiah was established in Isaiah 9.

It is so important to search God’s word and not just accept religious traditions or “truisms”. Truth is what is important.

Jesus taught that those who seek to worship God must do so in spirit and in truth.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

23 thoughts on “Truth or “Truism”

  1. When we take phrases or verses out of context, it can be easy to mold them into a “truism” instead of revealing the actual truth of the entire passage! I am often amused at how many non-Christians quote the Bible without even knowing it. They, of course, are usually using the words to mean something very different than the original author intended!!

  2. Apt! We need to constantly review those things we have upheld as true but isn’t in line with His words to us. The word of God should guide us. πŸ’―
    Thanks for sharing this, big bro. πŸ€—

  3. Amen and amen and πŸ™πŸ½! I can amen again. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ it is so very important to know the Word of God for ourselves, to search the scriptures; to be able to β€˜rightly divide the Word of truth’

  4. It is also called listening to the ‘world bible’…..Very dangerous to listen to.
    See what Peter and John asked them in Acts 4:19

    …..But Peter and John replied, β€œWhich is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!….

    God bless you sir.

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