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Friday, October 28, 2016

Leftover Manna and Meat -- John 6:12-15

          We saw last week that Jesus multiplied the bread and meat of a young lad to feed the multitudes. Actually, there was more than enough because there were 12 baskets leftover. There were only 12 disciples in Jesus' inner circle but they were sufficient to get the job done. They were Jesus' delivery device! Jesus told His 12 disciples to "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted (lost)." The bread and meat supplied by heaven is precious and not to be wasted or fall to the ground. God magnifies His Word even above His Name.
          As I said in last week's teaching, the Word of God is the Bread of Life, so God wants none of it to be wasted or lost. It maintains our spiritual life. As the multitude ate physical bread and were satisfied, the Word of God eaten satisfies our spiritual hunger. Every word of the scriptures has a spiritual message from the Godhead. Believers must hunger and thirst for it.
         So they gathered them and filled 12 baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. The disciples were to gather up the leftover bread. The Bread of Life is precious and not to be trampled underfoot. There will be another up gathering when Jesus gathers up His bride to Himself. His Bride will be full of the bread and meat of His Word. She will reflect the image and likeness of her King, dressed in white, beautiful and full of His glory. She will rule and reign with Jesus over His divine government indicated by the number 12.
         When we eat the bread and meat of God's Word and obey it, we are being resurrected into new, spiritual beings -- in the image and likeness of Jesus who is the express image of the Father. There is enough of God's Word for everyone who is hungry with some leftover for a new day.
         The feeding of the multitudes with the bread and meat will be the backdrop of Jesus revealing that He is the Bread of Life immediately after the account of Him walking on water to save His disciples from the storm. This crowd came for physical bread, but Jesus will show them their real need -- Him and His spiritual bread.
         In all that Jesus did while walking the earth, He was revealing His Father, Himself and the Holy Spirit.
Jacob and the Saving Grain -- Genesis 42
         When there was a famine in the land of Israel, father Jacob sent his sons to go to Egypt to buy grain to save his family from death by starvation. Little did Jacob know that the grain was in the hands of his favored son Joseph whom he thought was dead. Joseph who had been rejected by his brothers and sold into slavery eventually was exalted to the right hand of the throne. The story of Joseph is a foreshadowing of Jesus, the Only Son of the Father who is the Saving Grain (Word of God) as the Bread of Life who saves all who come to Him from eternal death. Joseph not only saved the Israelites from death from starvation, he saved the gentiles (Egyptians and surrounding areas) also, just as Jesus does.
The Prophet -- John 6:14-15
         The Prophet the Jews are referring to is the one Moses spoke of in Deuteronomy 18:15. The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to Him. For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die." The Lord said to me: "What they say is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put My words in His mouth, and He will tell them everything I command Him. If anyone does not listen to My words that the Prophet speaks in My Name, I myself will call him to account."  God in His love, mercy and grace will give the Israelites what they asked through Jesus.
             The Israelites were afraid of the Lord when He came to Mount Sinai. They didn't want to speak with God face to face as Moses did. They wanted a Mediator and Intercessor between God and them, so Moses became that for them. Moses spoke to God face-to-face as Jesus did. Jesus is also the Mediator between God and all believers as well as our Intercessor. As Moses with God with him was the deliverer and redeemer for the Israelites out of earthly bondage in Egypt, Jesus is the Eternal, spiritual Deliverer from eternal spiritual bondage for all who come to Him.
         The Jews present during the multiplication of the bread called Jesus the Prophet, not the Messiah. Moses had told them that God said He would raise up a "Prophet" who would speak His Word and they should listen to Him. Jesus, is the Supreme Prophet -- the very Word of God brought to life! He is far greater than any prophet of the Older Testament. Those present had to go beyond the "veil" and see Jesus as the fulfillment of all that the scriptures prophesied of.
Jesus Withdraws 
          Because Jesus knows the thoughts and intents of hearts, Jesus withdraws to a mountain by Himself. He knew that the people "intended to make Him king by force" because He had satisfied their physical hunger. v15  Jesus operates on God's timetable, not man's. He must leave to avoid this from happening. Notice Jesus goes to a higher place to commune with His Father. Jesus usually went to a higher place to commune with God and His own disciples. Jesus is in a higher place spiritually than any human, so He goes to a higher place to speak to those He loves and cares for.
              (Next week:  Jesus walks on water)           

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