When even the speaker does not know what he says

John Bible Background

05.30.2017 New Testament: John 11.49–52

To read the Bible in a year, read John 11.47–57 on May 30, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Jewish Council assembled to decide what to do about Jesus. Then the man with the highest level of authority spoke up,

And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad (John 11.49–52). 

John let us know right away that Caiaphas did not speak those words of his own accord, but implied that he spoke by the Holy Spirit, or by the Lord in someway, because Caiaphas was high priest and that was how the Lord communicated with His people.

Now get this: The Lord obviously knew of their meeting, and was present right there with them, but they did not pick up on it at all, but continued to conspire against Jesus.


  • Do you always pay attention to the speaking of the Lord in the Scriptures?
  • When you discover that He wants you to believe or to do something, do you do it?

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