The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 9:4
And Jesus knowing their thoughts…
Which was a clear
evidence, and full demonstration of his deity; for none knows the
thoughts of the heart but God; and since he knew the thoughts of
men's hearts, it could be no blasphemy in him to take that to
himself which belonged to God, even to forgive sins. And this, one
would think, would have been sufficient to have approved himself to
them as the true Messiah; since this is one of the ways of knowing
the Messiah, according to the Jews, and which they made use of to
discover a false one.
``Bar Coziba, (they say F7,) reigned two years and a half:
he said to the Rabbins, I am the Messiah; they replied to
him, it is written of the Messiah, that he is "of quick
understanding, and judges", (referring to (Isaiah 11:3) ) let
us see whether this man is of quick understanding, and can
make judgment, i.e. whether a man is wicked, or not,
without any external proof; and when they saw he was not
of quick understanding, and could not judge in this
manner, they slew him.''
But now Christ needed not any testimony of men; he knew what was in
the hearts of men, of which this instance is a glaring proof: hence
wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
it was no evil in them to
think that God only could forgive sin; but the evil was, that they
thought Christ was a mere man, and ought not to have took so much
upon him; and that, for so doing, he was a wicked man, and a
F7 T. Bab. Sanhedrim, fol. 93. 2.