Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand - After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. but--in respect to both the foregoing things, the divine and the human side of salvation. ", 32, 33. Murmur not . . . 68. For I came down from heaven not to do Mine own will--to play an independent part. 35. Yet one among whom He chose was like a devil – and would betray Him. 18 A very strong wind was blowing and the water became dangerous. Many of his disciples — That is, of those who followed him as such; when they had heard this — Had heard the above discourse; said, This is a hard saying — A strange discourse, a doctrine difficult to be believed. 6 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. So that though one spiritual life with Him, "the Head of every man is Christ, as the head of Christ is God" ( 1 Corinthians 11:3 , 3:23 ). Each localchurch had its leaders who were the ‘elders’. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. These, then, being the two members of the general opening statement, what follows is meant to take in both. Verse 6. Jews murmured--muttered, not in our Lord's hearing, but He knew it ( John 6:43 , John 2:25 ). . Lord, evermore give us this bread--speaking now with a certain reverence (as at John 6:25 ), the perpetuity of the manna floating perhaps in their minds, and much like the Samaritan woman, when her eyes were but half opened, "Sir, give Me this water," &c. ( John 4:15 ). And this--in the second place. As the former was the divine, this is just the human side of the same thing. So much for the first will of Him that sent Him, the divine side of man's salvation, whose every stage and movement is inscrutable to us, but infallibly certain. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. 28-31. Will ye also go away?--Affecting appeal! JESUS FOLLOWED BY THE MULTITUDES TO CAPERNAUM, DISCOURSES TO THEM IN THE SYNAGOGUE OF THE BREAD OF LIFE--EFFECT OF THIS ON TWO CLASSES OF THE DISCIPLES. Luke 6:1-49 Live by Jesus’ Teachings; EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE - Commentary. John 6 – The Bread from Heaven A. All that, &c.--This comprehensive and very grand passage is expressed with a peculiar artistic precision. John 6:60, ESV: "When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”" John 6:60, KJV: "Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?" Then Simon Peter--whose forwardness in this case was noble, and to the wounded spirit of His Lord doubtless very grateful. 15. departed . '", 33. They asked how it was possible to eat His flesh. 59. he that cometh to me--to obtain what the soul craves, and as the only all-sufficient and ordained source of supply. 46. It was a busy port and the centre of much trade. to a mountain himself alone--(1) to rest, which He came to this "desert place" on purpose to do before the miracle of the loaves, but could not for the multitude that followed Him (see Mark 6:31 ); and (2) "to pray" ( Matthew 14:23 , 6:46 ). . and drink the blood . walking on the sea--What Job ( Job 9:8 ) celebrates as the distinguishing prerogative of GOD, "WHO ALONE spreadeth out the heavens, and TREADETH UPON THE WAVES OF THE SEA"--What AGUR challenges as GOD'S unapproachable prerogative, to "GATHER THE WIND IN HIS FISTS, and BIND THE WATERS IN A GARMENT" ( Proverbs 30:4 )--lo! Observe, what is given Him by the Father is expressed in the singular number and neuter gender--literally, "everything"; while those who come to Him are put in the masculine gender and singular number--"every one." 19 The disciples were trying to move the boat through the water. 70. They betray the Lord and the gospel by both their words and their actions.” (Boice). and are dead--recurring to their own point about the manna, as one of the noblest of the ordained preparatory illustrations of His own office: "Your fathers, ye say, ate manna in the wilderness; and ye say well, for so they did, but they are dead--even they whose carcasses fell in the wilderness did eat of that bread; the Bread whereof I speak cometh down from heaven, which the manna never did, that men, eating of it, may live for ever.". 53-58. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. . No man--that is, Be not either startled or stumbled at these sayings; for it needs divine teaching to understand them, divine drawing to submit to them. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. Commentaries for the book of John. . 21. willingly received him into the ship--their first fears being now converted into wonder and delight. The whole mass, so to speak, is gifted by the Father to the Son as a unity, which the Son evolves, one by one, in the execution of His trust. . 3. a mountain--somewhere in that hilly range which skirts the east side of the lake.. 4. passover . The words "I will give" may be compared with the words of institution at the Supper, "This is My body which is given for you" ( Luke 22:19 ), or in Paul's report of it, "broken for you" ( 1 Corinthians 11:24 ). CHAPTER 6. Note.--There are seasons when one's faith is tried to the utmost, particularly by speculative difficulties; the spiritual eye then swims, and all truth seems ready to depart from us. Not that His ascension itself would stumble them more than His death, but that after recoiling from the mention of the one, they would not be in a state of mind to take in the other. John 1. CHAPTER 6. The truth seems to be that they were confounded by the novel claims which our Lord had just advanced. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. From this He proceeds at once to that other Bread, just as, with the woman of Samaria, to that other Water ( John 4:9-15 ). But the writer was an *elder overall the churches in a large area.Much of this letter is like John’s first letter. What shall we do . Not as if His death were the only thing of value, but it is what gives all else in Christ's Incarnate Person, Life, and Office, their whole value to us sinners. I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day--The meaning is not, of course, that He is charged to keep the objects entrusted to Him as He received them, so as they should merely suffer nothing in His hands. (15-23) They are encouraged to stand fast in faith and holiness. Salem Media Group. Here our Lord, knowing whom He had to deal with, shapes His reply accordingly. 22-24. John 6 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by Charles Ellicott has been an oft consulted resource by many a preacher! . 63. the flesh profiteth nothing--Much of His discourse was about "flesh"; but flesh as such, mere flesh, could profit nothing, much less impart that life which the Holy Spirit alone communicates to the soul. There are three ways that we can use the word ‘*elder’. . I am the bread of life--Henceforth the discourse is all in the first person, "I," "Me," which occur in one form or other, as STIER reckons, thirty-five times. is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son and believeth on Him--seeing the Son believeth on Him. You can check these in your browser security settings. Every man therefore, &c.--that is, who hath been thus efficaciously taught of Him. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Bible Commentaries / John Gill's Exposition of the Bible / John / John 6 / John 6:12; Share Tweet. After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His … 19. they see Jesus--"about the fourth watch of the night" ( Matthew 14:25 , 6:48 ), or between three and six in the morning. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. 38. Jesus changes water so that it becomes wine 2:1-12. v1 The next day, there was a wedding in Cana … 17 They got into a boat and they started to sail towards Capernaum. 1 After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. These things said he in the synagogue--which seems to imply that what follows took place after the congregation had broken up. 2 Jesus explains … was nigh--but for the reason mentioned ( John 7:1 ), Jesus kept away from it, remaining in Galilee. So John 17:2 , "that He should give eternal life to all that which Thou hast given Him" [BENGEL]. These verses are a little involved, from the Evangelist's desire to mention every circumstance, however minute, that might call up the scene as vividly to the reader as it stood before his own view. Our Lord thus falls back upon Scripture authority for this seemingly hard saying. He spoke of Judas: The simple, spiritual devotion of the disciples to Jesus made the contrast of Judas’ apostasy that much more horrible. Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve. I am the bread of life--"As he that believeth in Me hath everlasting life, so I am Myself the everlasting Sustenance of that life." .— i.e., in the Book of the Prophets. It is used of Paul and Silas being dragged before the magistrates in Philippi ( Acts 16:19 ). Genesis 6:1-22.WICKEDNESS OF THE WORLD. To ask in Christ's name, is to plead his merit and intercession, and to depend upon that plea. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. He answers, with great solemnity, "It is indispensable." did eat manna . The Devil tests Jesus 4:1-11. v1 The *Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert. ), 20. 3 Jesus went up a mountain and sat there with his disciples. What and if, &c.--that is, "If ye are stumbled at what I have said, how will ye bear what I now say?" 65. But had our Lord merely said, "When those that have been given Me of My Father shall come to Me, I will receive them"--besides being very flat, the impression conveyed would have been quite different, sounding as if there were no other laws in operation, in the movement of sinners to Christ, but such as are wholly divine and inscrutable to us; whereas, though He does speak of it as a sublime certainty which men's refusals cannot frustrate, He speaks of that certainty as taking effect only by men's voluntary advances to Him and acceptance of Him--"Him that cometh to Me," "whosoever will," throwing the door wide open. They have none of that 'ETERNAL LIFE' to offer us whereof Thou hast been discoursing, in words rich and ravishing as well as in words staggering to human wisdom. was nigh--but for the reason mentioned ( John 7:1), Jesus kept away from it, remaining in Galilee.. John 6:14-21.JESUS WALKS ON THE SEA. When they had gone three or four miles (5 or 6 kilometres), they saw Jesus. John 3:6-8. Commentary on John 14:12-17 (Read John 14:12-17) Whatever we ask in Christ's name, that shall be for our good, and suitable to our state, he shall give it to us. . At one time, *Greek leaders had ruled Ephesus.Now the *Romans ruled the city. He says they must not only "eat His flesh" but "drink His blood," which could not but suggest the idea of His death--implied in the separation of one's flesh from his blood. . Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. In proposing to make Him a king, it was for far other purposes than dispensing to the world the bread of an .everlasting life; and when He seemed to raise His claims even higher still, by representing it as the grand "work of God," that they should believe on Himself as His Sent One, they saw very clearly that He was making a demand upon them beyond anything they were prepared to accord to Him, and beyond all that man had ever before made. . . John Introduces the Story of the Revelation of the Glory of God (1:1-18) John Presents the Revelation in a Nutshell (1:1-5) The Light Came into the World (1:6-13) The Word Became Flesh (1:14-18) He Came to His Own (1:19-4:54) Preparation Is Made for the Revelation of the Glory (1:19-51) John 2 . . 34. Luke 6; EXPLORE THE BIBLE. a. First, … 15. departed . (See Romans 8:23 , 1 Corinthians 15:1-58 , throughout). Do we not know all about Him--where, when, and of whom He was born? And we added this not merely--probably not so much--as an assurance to his Lord of his heart's belief in Him, as for the purpose of fortifying himself and his faithful brethren against that recoil from his Lord's harsh statements which he was probably struggling against with difficulty at that moment. dwelleth in me and I in him--As our food becomes incorporated with ourselves, so Christ and those who eat His flesh and drink His blood become spiritually one life, though personally distinct. Even the common Jews expected the Messiah to come into the world, and to be a great Prophet. draw him--by an internal and efficacious operation; though by all the means of rational conviction, and in a way altogether consonant to their moral nature ( Solomon 1:4 , Jeremiah 31:3 , Hosea 11:3 Hosea 11:4 ). this is here done in flesh, by "THE SON OF MAN." True, the "coming" ones of the second clause are just the "given" ones of the first. He would appear to them at first like a dark moving speck upon the waters; then as a human figure, but--in the dark tempestuous sky, and not dreaming that it could be their Lord--they take it for a spirit. For all call him Iscariot, which means ‘a man of Karioth.’” (Trench), ii. Mark adds the graphic and touching particular, "He saw them toiling in rowing" ( Mark 6:48 ), putting forth all their strength to buffet the waves and bear on against a head wind, but to little effect. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. shall give unto you--in the sense of John 6:51 . At the start of the letter, the writer calls himself the‘*elder’. "Philip of Bethsaida was, moreover, in all probability, present at the wedding feast at Cans, and might have anticipated some such sign of the resources of his Lord. the words that I speak . Feeding of the five thousand. Those last words of our Lord seemed to have given them the finishing stroke--they could not stand it any longer. The business people soldmodels of Diana’s *temple there. may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day--This is the human side of the same thing as in the foregoing verse, and answering to "Him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out"; that is, I have it expressly in charge that everyone that so "beholdeth" (so vieweth) the Son as to believe on Him shall have everlasting life; and, that none of Him be lost, "I will raise him up at the last, 41-46. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. It is the word for drawing a sword from the belt or from its scabbard ( John 18:10 ). - This he said to test him; but it is doubtful whether more is involved than an endeavour to entice from Philip the answer of faith, such e.g., as "Lord, all things are possible to thee. Verse 1. This wasabout 61 years after the birth of Christ. . 43, 44. . Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand (). (12-14) All are cautioned against the love of this world, and against errors. the will of Him that sent Me--What this twofold will of Him that sent Him is, we are next sublimely told ( John 6:39 John 6:40 ): 39. 1. (See John 1:18 , 5:26 ). the people which stood on the other side of the sea--not the whole multitude that had been fed, but only such of them as remained over night about the shore, that is, on the east side of the lake; for we are supposed to have come, with Jesus and His disciples in the ship, to the west side, to Capernaum. Have not I chosen . Different answers may be given to such a question, according to the spirit which prompts the inquiry. “Kerioth was a city in the southern part of Judah (Joshua 15:25), south of Hebron in the dry Negeb.” (Tenney), ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. We may request cookies to be set on your device. When they were filled Had not only eaten, but had made a full meal, and were thoroughly satisfied, having eaten as much as they could, or … Commentary on John 6:1-14 (Read John 6:1-14) John relates the miracle of feeding the multitude, for its reference to the following discourse. (45) It is written in the prophets. walked no more--Many a journey, it may be, they had taken with Him, but now they gave Him up finally! 5 Jesus looked up and saw the large crowd coming toward him. 1 After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. FIVE THOUSAND MIRACULOUSLY FED. Christ the Bread of Life is the theme of this grand chapter. The place they left was of the same name Jesus was not come to them--They probably lingered in hopes of His still joining them, and so let the darkness come on. Our Lord had told them that in spite of all they had "seen" in Him, they "did not believe" ( John 6:36 ). Christ's prayer for himself. As the living Father hath sent me--to communicate His own life. Hence their question, "What dost Thou work? They are in our pews, even in our pulpits, and they are sometimes undetected. drawing nigh to the ship--yet as though He "would have passed by them," Mark 6:48 (compare Luke 24:28 , Genesis 18:3:5 , 32:24-26 ). Commentary on John 1:6-14 (Read John 1:6-14) John the Baptist came to bear witness concerning Jesus. Hard indeed it must have appeared, as it does still appear, to the children of the world, but sweet to the children of God. 56. (6-10) His prayer. is the will of Him that sent me, that of all--everything. Therefore said I, &c.--that is, "That was why I spoke to you of the necessity of divine teaching which some of you are strangers to." Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. This was said, adds the Evangelist, not merely of the outer but of the inner circle of His disciples; for He knew the traitor, though it was not yet time to expose him. He wrote it to people in the town called Ephesus. Proud member toward Capernaum--Mark says ( Mark 6:45 ), "unto Bethsaida," meaning "Bethsaida of Galilee" ( John 12:21 ), on the west side of the lake. (2) "AND HIM THAT COMETH TO MEI WILL IN NO WISE CAST OUT." hunger . and I live by the Father--literally, "because of the Father"; My life and His being one, but Mine that of a Son, whose it is to be "of the Father." ye have seen me, and believe not--seen Him not in His mere bodily presence, but in all the majesty of His life, His teaching, His works. 54. This is the work of God--That lies at the threshold of all acceptable obedience, being not only the prerequisite to it, but the proper spring of it--in that sense, the work of works, emphatically "the work of God. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. . and immediately the ship was at the land--This additional miracle, for as such it is manifestly related, is recorded here alone. life--The whole burden of the discourse is "spirit," not mere flesh, and "life" in its highest, not its lowest sense, and the words I have employed are to be interpreted solely in that sense. he said, I am the bread, &c.--Missing the sense and glory of this, and having no relish for such sublimities, they harp upon the "Bread from heaven." . they said, &c.--astonished at His being there, and wondering how He could have accomplished it, whether by land or water, and when He came; for being quite unaware of His having walked upon the sea and landed with the disciples in the ship, they could not see how, unless He had travelled all night round the head of the lake alone, He could have reached Capernaum, and even then, how He could have arrived before themselves. . . (1-5) His prayer for his disciples. It is the word for drawing a heavily laden net to the shore (John 21:6; John 21:11). Verse 1. And as He had already hinted that it was to be something very different from a natural death, saying, "My flesh I will give for the life of the world" ( John 6:51 ), it must have been pretty plain to candid hearers that He meant something above the gross idea which the bare terms expressed. Nothing more fully shows the darkness of men's minds, than that when the Light had appeared, there needed a witness to call attention to it. 48. 57. John was an eyewitness of the reported occurrences though, as he himself writes (John 1:14; John 19:35). Jews strove among themselves--arguing the point together. 69. 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