God is not a material being, but And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. A sign is something that points to a reality beyond itself. (Rom. 15. Now the question had been raised, Which of the two was more eminent in feeding men, Moses or Christ himself? This lad, free For if it were true that all who present themselves at the holy table of the Lord are made partakers of his flesh and blood, all will, in like manner, obtain life; but we know that there are many who partake of it to their condemnation. That the disciples were not sooner prepared to cherish the hope which their Master held out, and did not remember to ascribe to his power all that was proper, was a degree of stupidity worthy of blame; but no small praise is due to their cheerful obedience in now complying with his injunction, though they know not what is his intention, or what advantage they will derive from what they are doing. But I have told you that you have also seen me and do not believe. GALILEE, JERUSALEM, GALILEE, JERUSALEM The end of chapter 4 finds Jesus in Galilee. these who refuse salvation, know the truth and reject This verse suggests that there were additional healings in Galilee during this visit. It expresses, not a blessing of the food, but thanks to God. barley loafs and fishes (Mark 6:43). 5 See John 3:16, Mark 16:15, 1 John 2:2. These words signal that something important is about to happen. Besides, Christ now prepares and fortifies the eleven apostles against a new offense which was already at hand. unselfish towards others. The Evangelist added this, that none might think that Christ formed an opinion at random about his hearers. the gross error of Judaism which thought by good works 65. 16. His grace and mercy to some but to "drawing" a person to salvation, and forcing But when he begins to speak, we then obtain from his voice clear and solid knowledge, and then also joy and delightful peace dawn upon our minds. asked Philip this question to test him. And take him by force. “five barley loaves” (v. 9). offer. But an objection is brought, that the flesh of Christ cannot give life, because it was liable to death, and because even now it is not immortal in itself; and next, that it does not at all belong to the nature of flesh to quicken souls. The sea (really a good-sized lake) is 8 miles (13 km) east to west at its widest point and about 13 miles (21 km) north to south. Christ therefore assigns a reason why there are so few believers, namely, because no man, whatever may be his acuteness,  can arrive at faith by his own sagacity; for all are blind, until they are illuminated by the Spirit of God, and therefore they only partake of so great a blessing whom the Father deigns to make partakers of it. “It was now dark, and Jesus had not come to them” (v. 17b). in giving up his lunch, thus probably when he was asked Various numbers have special significance in the Bible. And The Sea of Chinnereth (Num. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? After that the Lord had given thanks. multitude in order for Andrew to see him with his lunch. twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking the promised Messiah. that which was lost." They learned from the word of God that he who was promised to be the Redeemer would be a king; but out of their own head they contrive an earthly kingdom, and they assign to him a kingdom contrary to the word of God. unmistakably presented Himself to the Jews as the John explains Ego eimi can be translated “I AM”—God’s name (Exodus 3:14)—and Jesus uses this phrase often in this Gospel to say “ego eimi the bread of life” (6:35)—”ego eimi the light of the world” (8:12)—”ego eimi the good shepherd” (10:11)—etc. would learn of his degree of faith in the Lord. statement. For, on the one hand, ungodly men calumniate and utterly despise the word of God, because they are not moved by reverence for it; and, on the other hand, many weak and ignorant persons entertain doubts whether that which is rejected by a great part of the world be actually the word of God. John the Baptist was disciples away to the boat instructing them to go to the But their fullness and abundance of God's provision. . We now perceive what is stated to amount to this, that God the Father, in whom life dwells, is at a great distance from us, and that Christ, placed between us, is the second cause of life, in order that what would otherwise be concealed in God may proceed from him to us. Now he spoke of Judas Iscariot, son of Simon; for it was he that would betray him, although he was one of the twelve. restricted in any way and the people were allowed to eat Men can and do resist the Gospel. This is to rob Christ of his chief power; for the reason why he was given by the Father and revealed himself to men is, that he may form them anew after the image of God by giving them his Holy Spirit, and that he may conduct them to eternal life by clothing them with his righteousness. Since, therefore, a smaller quantity is sufficient for a greater number of men, and since the quantity left is nearly double, hence we see more clearly of what value is that blessing of God, against the sight of which we deliberately shut our eyes. Now the Son has no other design than to fulfill the commands of his Father. following Him only for the material food He has provided heaven to eat." And though this disease prevails nearly throughout the whole world, yet it is certain that no man will be fit for the kingdom of God until, laying aside such delicacy, he learn to desire the food of the soul so earnestly that his belly shall not hinder him. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him. Have not I chosen you twelve? Now, though we do not every day see miracles before our eyes, yet not less bountifully does God display his power in feeding us. Not that any man hath seen the Father, but he who is from God; he hath seen the Father. 46. will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid." Thou hast the words of eternal life.
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