John Lesson 9 Day 4 ~ John 6:30-33
8- The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’
The people may have misinterpreted Psalm 105:40 when they credited Moses with the miraculous bread from heaven. Moses was only the channel God used to work miracles.
It was God who rained down bread from the skies for the Israelites.
God also sent quail to satisfy their demand for meat.
“The whole congregation of the Israelites [grew discontented and] murmured and rebelled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness,”
They said, “Why didn’t God let us die in comfort in Egypt where we had lamb stew and all the bread we could eat? You’ve brought us out into this wilderness to starve us to death, the whole company of Israel!”
In comfort? I thought Pharaoh was treating them harshly and trying to work them to death.
It’s easy to read the miracles that brought their deliverance and wonder how they could possibly doubt and complain. But if I was in the wilderness hungry and thirsty, I’d probably fix my eyes on the circumstances and panic, too.
9- a. Jesus is the true bread from heaven.
“The true bread of God is the one (Jesus) who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
b. God in flesh and blood was a much greater miracle than manna. Jesus came to give spiritual life. Physical food only satisfies and keeps us physically alive for a little while. Spiritual bread gives life eternal forever.
Jesus responded, “The real significance of that Scripture is not that Moses gave you bread from heaven but that my Father is right now offering you bread from heaven, the real bread. The Bread of God came down out of heaven and is giving life to the world.” MSG
10. The people wanted Jesus to perform an even greater miracle than multiplying the boy’s lunch.
“Jesus was pointing out to these people that the miracle of His coming to earth was much greater than the miracle of the manna sent to earth.”
The Rich Man and Lazarus Luke 16:19-31
When the rich man died and went to the place of torment. In the distance, he saw the poor man. Lazarus, who in life was covered in sores, begging for crumbs. When Lazarus died, he was carried by the angels to sit beside Abraham at the heavenly banquet. He begged Abraham to send someone to warn his five brothers so they didn’t suffer his fate.
“But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.’
“The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will repent of their sins and turn to God.’
“But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”
As the crowd pressed in on Jesus, he said, “This evil generation keeps asking me to show them a miraculous sign. But the only sign I will give them is the sign of Jonah. What happened to him was a sign to the people of Nineveh that God had sent him. What happens to the Son of Man will be a sign to these people that he was sent by God.
Unlike pagan Ninevah who believed Jonah’s message, most of the Jews rejected Jesus—God’s only Son who came in the flesh—who performed many miracles and came back from the dead.