King James Bible Study – “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Mark 8:34
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Chapters: John 6
Message: Jesus Food
Hello My Friend,
It is interesting how far peoples faith in God will go, most people, as I said earlier this week, have sight by see faith, they have to see something to believe in it. So, as long as they keep getting fed the bread that Jesus feeds them with (yes, He has mercy on all) they have faith in Him, but as soon as He starts putting them at His mercy the majority are sure to walk away. And let me tell you, the majority are those who “proclaim Christ” in the moment, never really accepting who he is. “What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 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.” – John 6:62-64.
“For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not,” Jesus always knows who His true believers are. John goes into more detail of the miracle in which Jesus would feed the five thousand, he points out which of the disciples spoke the words we learn of in the other three, and why He did all this.
“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? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? 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. 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. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 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.” – John 6:5-12.
“And this he said to prove him:” Prove; To try; to ascertain some unknown quality or truth by an experiment, or by a test or standard. God will not try or tempt us with sin to go against Him, what He will do is test our faith. Let me tell you, Jesus already knows what He is going to do and exactly how we are going to react. “that nothing be lost.” This is a reminder that one, God always provides for His people. Do you see how many baskets were filled? Twelve. One for each disciple. And two, He will never leave one soul behind. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – II Peter 3:9.
“but that all should come to repentance.” Jesus will not return until the very last soul to receive Him does. And then when He does return He will remain a while to get the Jews on His side and anyone else who will believe (Revelation 20:4). I heard a woman say that in order to understand the Bible you need to read several versions, I responded by saying that you do not, you just need to have faith in His Word and keep reading it as God reveals things to you as you grow in your faith. Well, she never responded. People complicate God because one, they are not saved to begin with, and two, they do not want to believe what God is capable of. As long as they are being fed, they truly believe He can move mountains, but the second He tries their faith, forget about it. Jesus fed five thousand men, plus women and children, even the disciples escaped the miracle of it all. The next day the people came back looking for Jesus, they saw the disciples and their boat on the other side of the water, but did not see Jesus. So, when He just appeared they could not understand where He came from.
“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; When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? 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. 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. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” – John 6:22,24-29.
“This is the work of God,” There is not one work that we can do to receive eternal life, the only thing we can do is believe in Jesus Christ as our Saviour. Jesus knew exactly who believed that He is the Messiah, in fact, they tried to take Him and make Him king right there, but He removed Himself from them (John 6:14-15). However, these people wanted proof that what they saw was in fact a miracle, even bringing the fact that God Himself sent bread from heaven. Of course, Jesus calls them out, but He says something quite peculiar.
“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. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 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. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 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.” – John 6:32-39.
“I am the bread of life:” I love this, it reminds me of all the times I truly have been fed on Jesus. When we are in a flux with our faith, not in doubting our salvation, rather our situation, we tend to get very hungry spiritually, and hungry spirit can, just like if we have not eaten enough or the right food, make us weak and feeble. Let me tell you, when our spirit is starving, our body is starving also, searching for anything to fill it, only to no avail. Well, when we feed off Jesus He gives us that life sustaining spiritual food that gives us the physical strength to get through our situation with Him. “but should raise it up again at the last day.” These are all the souls that believe on Him, and the last day is in fact the day the whole earth will be destroyed. They can try all they want to save the planet with their insane ideas, but they will fail (II Peter 3:10). Jesus continues, reminding them that every single thing they were seeing has been written already by the prophets, and that bread was Him.
“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. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 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 Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 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. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” – John 6:45-54.
“Every man therefore that hath heard,” This is male and female, man referring to mankind (Genesis 2:7). If you truly believe in the Father, you will believe in the Son. “and are dead.” Why were they dead? They never believed in the miracles. You do not have to see Jesus to believe in Him. And let me tell you, they saw Him, and still did not believe. In fact, they had the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit there with them the entire time they were fed the manna. The pillars that guided them, the angel of God behind, and God Almighty above them (Exodus 18:18-22) they were all God in His individual forms, proving that He is the one and only omnipotent and omnipresent God (Revelation 1:8). So many people come to church, not to be spirit fed, to be belly fed. I have seen people come to church just long enough to get financial help only to stop coming the second they got the money they needed, and they are no different than the panhandlers on the streets. And did you notice how many people come to church on days when there is food as opposed to a normal Sunday? It is sad really, but a great reminder that we are here to give them what they really need, Jesus food. “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” – Acts 3:6. Amen!
Today’s Prayer: God, Your message is clear, “Preach the Gospel!”, “Tell them about my Son!”, “Do my work!” Forgive me for trusting in my own works to sustain my flesh, it is so easy to push Your work aside when the bills pile up, the cupboards are bare, and the body is in pain. We think we need to do all this on our own, we have great faith in You doing amazing things in our future, but lack the faith that You can do it for us at present, and for that I am sorry. You prove time and time again that You take care of us by our faith in You. Lord, lead me and guide me, feed me my daily spiritual bread, and with Your power to live sight by faith, and not faith by sight. Let me not live in fear or worry about what my flesh needs, rather faith in that while I do Your work you will sustain and provide me with everything I need. In my own flesh I am weak, but I am strong in Christ as I feed off Him. Amen! And I ask these things in Your name, Jesus. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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