The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJohn 7:41
Others said, this is the Christ…
The true Messiah,
which they concluded, not only from the miracles, (John 7:31) , but
from his speaking of rivers of living water flowing from him that
believes in him; for the same prophecy that speaks of miracles to be
performed in the times of the Messiah, speaks also of waters
breaking out in the wilderness, and streams in the desert, of the
parched ground becoming a pool, and the thirsty land springs of
water, (Isaiah 35:5-7) .
But some said, shall Christ come out of Galilee?
as they supposed
Jesus did; and because he was educated at Nazareth, and Capernaum
was his city, and he chiefly conversed, preached, and wrought his
miracles in these parts, they concluded that he was born there; and
therefore object this to his being the true Messiah. For if they did
not mean this, according to their own accounts, the Messiah was to
be in Galilee, and to be first revealed there; for they affirm F9
this in so many words, that (lylgd aerab axyvm aklm ylgty) , "the King
Messiah shall be revealed in the land of Galilee"; accordingly
Jesus, the true Messiah, as he was brought up in Galilee, though not
born there, so he first preached there, and there wrought his first
miracle; here he chiefly was, unless at the public feasts; and here
he manifested himself to his disciples after his resurrection.
F9 Zohar in Gen. fol. 74. 3. & in Exod. fol. 3. 3. & 4. 1.