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Blessings From Jesus are More Than Enough for Us

[PRINT HERE] John 6 (1-10-18) Lecture Notes

St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church

Wed Night Bible Study

Dr. E.C. Gregory, PhD – Bible Facilitator                                1/10/18                                                       Dr. H.T. Rhim, Pastor


(Blessings from Jesus are more than enough for us)

John 6:12-15 (NKJV) 
12  So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
13  Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
14  Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
15  Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.

6:12-13. The words, when they had all had enough to eat, show that John intended to stress that a miracle took place.

The disciples’ gathering of the 12 baskets of fragments was part of their education, to show them that He is more than adequate for their needs. Later He appealed to their spiritual stupidity (cf. Mark 8:17-21). Even though the disciples were closer to Jesus than the crowds, they too were in spiritual blindness (Mark 6:52).

6:14-15. Seeing this miraculous sign, the people recalled Moses’ prediction that a Prophet like him would arise (Deut. 18:15). Moses had fed the people. Moses had led them out of bondage. Jesus had fed the people. Jesus could lead the people out of the hated Roman bondage.

The people saw His sign, but they did not perceive its meaning. They wanted to seize Him and make Him King. This marks the highpoint of Jesus’ popularity and a great temptation for Him. Could He have the kingdom without the Cross? No. Jesus’ kingdom would be given to Him by the Father (cf. Ps. 2:7-12Dan. 7:13-14). It will not come from this world (John 18:36). The path of the Father’s will lies in another direction. Before He can be the reigning Lion of Judah, He must be the Lamb who bears the sin of the world (1:29).

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.

Test to Grow Our Faith

[PRINT HERE] John 6 (12-6-17) Lecture Notes

St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church

Wed Night Bible Study


Dr. E.C. Gregory, PhD – Bible Facilitator                          12-6-17                                     Dr. H.T.Rhim, Pastor


(Test to Grow Our Faith)

John 6:1-6 (NKJV) 
 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 signs which He performed on those who were diseased.
 And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.
 Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.
 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”
 But this He said to test himfor He Himself knew what He would do.

The miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 is the only sign recorded in all four Gospels (besides Jesus’ resurrection). This fact alone points to its importance. The significance of the sign was pointed out by Jesus in a long discourse (vv. 22-71). The miracle was spectacular, but afterwards many of His followers no longer followed Him (v. 66).

6:1-2. Though some time after this Herod Antipas had killed John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-29; cf. John 3:24), the disciples had preached throughout Galilee (Mark 6:7-1330-31), multitudes of people were curious about Jesus, and Herod Antipas was seeking Jesus (Luke 9:7-9). So the time between the events in John 5 and 6 was probably six months. Jesus had gone to the Sea of Galilee with His disciples for rest. This lake was also called the Sea of Tiberias (cf. 21:1), named for a town on the lake’s west shore built by Herod Antipas. But a crowd gathered even in this “solitary” (cf. Matt. 14:13Mark 6:32) and “remote place” (Matt. 14:15).

6:3-4. The mention of the hillside or “the mountain” may indicate an intended parallel to Moses’ experience on Mount Sinai (cf. vv. 31-32). The mentioning of the Jewish Passover feast was near had the people thinking in terms of blood, flesh, lambs, and unleavened bread. They longed for a new Moses who would deliver them from Roman bondage.

6:5-6. Jesus’ question to Philip—Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?—was not for information but was part of His program of educating the disciples. Philip was from Bethsaida (1:44) which was the closest town, and he would know the local resources. The answer to Jesus’ question was that it was impossible, humanly speaking, for thousands of people to get bread late in the day from the little neighboring villages. John wrote, as he thought back on the incident, that Jesus was asking this to test Philip. God tests people to refine their faith, never to tempt them to do evil (cf. Gen. 22:1-18James 1:213-151 Peter 1:7).

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.