Reading 3

Sin and violence was great on the earth, and God commanded Noah to build an ark.

Gen. 7 – Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.

11 …the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

17 The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered.

24 And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days. 

CH:8  – But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark.

and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 

15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you

the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” 

CH:9 – And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything

 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. 

11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

John Ch.5 – Jesus encounters a man by the pool of Bethesda who would like to be healed.  Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath.

The religious leaders had a problem with the man carrying his bed on the Sabbath, as well as Jesus healing people on the Sabbath.

17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

Ch.6 – We see that  a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick.  Not because of His message.

He knew they were hungry and had no way to get food, So Jesus created more than enough food for them all.

15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.

Here, Jesus begins to use the image of eating food, to talk about Faith

27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”

28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

Jesus tells the crowd that it is not by good works that they can be saved, but by faith in Jesus as the promised Messiah.  

30 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 

Jesus already created food for them, only a day earlier, but they still seem to be unconvinced, and want Him to do even more before they will believe that He is the Messiah.  Seemingly obsessed with food, they say

31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”

Jesus speaks to both the historical and the present when He says, 32 … it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

Notice that Jesus sticks with the illustration of food as an analogy for faith.

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”

47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

48 I am the bread of life.

Notice that the problem is that they will not believe that Jesus is the Messiah, they want food, manna from heaven, Jesus is saying that true life sustenance is here, it’s Jesus, and by faith in Jesus, they can be saved.  Jesus is using the image of Eating as the analogy of Believing.  He says, 48 I am the bread of life, the Messiah, the Savior of the world, you must believe.

49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die (eat = believe).  51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  Jesus gave up His flesh on the Cross, so that by His death, the world could be saved.  

Then, completely missing the point, 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”  

From this point forward, Jesus hammers down on the analogy.  Jesus is the Bread of Eternal Life, and eating the Bread, means to Believe in Him, to Trust in Him, so that we may have Eternal Life.  It seems that since they have chosen to be offended at Jesus’ statement that He is the Bread of Life, come down from heaven, Jesus is going to escalate the analogy.  But in either picture, Jesus as the True Manna or Jesus as the Bread of Life, the spiritual truth is that you must believe.  

53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.

56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.

57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.

58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”

60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this?

63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.

67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” 71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray him.

Jesus is the promised Savior of the world, the Bread of Life.  To be saved, to be Born Again, to be redeemed, you must believe, you must really, truly, believe.    

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~ by James M. Winslow on 2022/03/09.

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