Monday, May 16 2016
John 6: The Prophet Of The Lake
"I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world"
The Messiah's Ministry began at Nazareth (see What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?), but He was driven from the city on "day 1" (see Why Were The First Apostles Fishermen Instead Of Carpenters?).
The Messiah then moved to Capernaum, a fishing town on the north shore of the freshwater Sea of Galilee (the "Sea" of Galilee is actually a freshwater lake, through which the Jordan River flows southward e.g. "5:2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets" Luke 5:2 KJV)). So it was that much of His prophetic Ministry, and many of His miracles, happened around the Sea of Galilee - including the famous "feeding of the five thousand."
"6:1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.
6:2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
6:3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
6:5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,
6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
6:13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone." (John 6:1-15 KJV)
Living on a lakeshore town, and with at least four of the Twelve owning fishing vessels (see The Ships Of Galilee), also had the practical advantage of transportation. It was during one of those voyages that the "walking on the water" event happened (see Feeding The Hungry, Walking On Water).
"6:16 And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,
6:17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.
6:18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.
6:19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.
6:20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.
6:21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.
6:22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;
6:23 (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)
6:24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus." (John 6:16-24 KJV)
Many began to follow the Messiah because they misunderstood the miracles to be a free ride through life ("Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled"; see also The Christian Work Days, The Christian Sabbath).
The Messiah then explained how, as the Lamb of God, the bread of the Days of Passover observance were about accepting the Messiah's offer and means of Salvation by living a life worthy of being saved (see Unleavened Bread: Why Observe The True Christian Holy Days? and the Fact Finder question below). Manna was the "unleavened bread" of the first Passover - which itself was a prophecy of the Lamb of God and those who truly follow Him (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"6:25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?
6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
6:30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
6:34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
6:35 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.
6:36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
6:39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
6:42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
6:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
6:46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
6:48 I am that bread of life.
6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum." (John 6:25-59 KJV)
Many still did not, or could not yet, understand what He was saying to them. So, "Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?" and "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him."
"6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
6:69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
6:71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve." (John 6:60-71 KJV)
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This Day In History, May 16
360 BC: Agesilaus, king of Sparta (399-360 BC), died at age 84. He commanded the Spartan army through most of the period of Spartan supremacy in Greece (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
218: The Accession of Elagabalus, the 25th Roman emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1137: (day of month approximate) Adela, the daughter of William I ("William the Conqueror"), sister of Henry I, died at age 75. Adela was the mother of King Stephen, who inherited the English throne through her lineage.
1204: Baldwin IX, the Count of Flanders, was crowned the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.
1527: Florence re-established itself as a republic after the Florentines drove out the Medici.
1532: Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire, landed with his troops on what is today the northern coast of Peru.
1568: Mary, Queen of Scots, fled to England after her defeat at Langsides, Glasgow.
1620: William Adams died at age 56. The English navigator and merchant adventurer is regarded by some historians as "the first Englishman in Japan."
1770: Marie Antoinette, at age 14, married 15 year old future King Louis XVI of France.
1879: The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England established the Afghan state.
1932: Japan's Premier Tsuyoshi Inukai was assassinated in Tokyo.
1941: The Parliament of Iceland ended a treaty with Denmark and proclaimed independence.
1943: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), British Lancaster bombers destroyed the Mohne and the Eder dams in Germany's industrial Ruhr basin using specially-developed "bouncing" bombs that skipped across the water like a thrown stone in order to strike the target from the side (as modern-day missiles can do).
1943: During the Second World War, the "Warsaw Uprising" in Poland ended. Thousands of Jews were killed in a fierce 4-week battle against the Nazi Waffen-SS (one of Adolf Hitler's "special forces" units; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1961: Maj. Gen. Park Chung-hee staged a military coup in South Korea. He ruled until he was assassinated by his intelligence chief in 1979.
1969: The Soviet space probe Venera 5 landed on Venus.
1980: 60 people were killed from an eruption of Mt. St. Helens in a remote area Washington State. Scientists estimated that the force of the eruption was 2500 times more powerful than the U.S. atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
1988: The Soviet Army began leaving Afghanistan. The military "superpower" had occupied the country for eight and a half years, but left without being able to defeat the Afghan homeland defenders.
1991: Queen Elizabeth II addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress, becoming the first British monarch to do so.
1995: Japanese police arrested doomsday cult leader Shako Asahar in connection with the nerve-gas attack that killed 12 on Tokyo's subways two months earlier.