John Lesson 8 Day 3

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John Lesson 8 Day 3

Study of John 6:5-9

6.  Jesus asked Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?”

It may have seemed natural for Jesus to ask Philip because he was from Bethsaida (John 1:44) which was nearby (Luke 9:10). But the underlying reason was to test Philip because Jesus knew what He was going to do.

7. a. Philip, Andrew, and the little boy’s lunch.

Philip looked at their lack of resources. He believed it was impossible to provide a meal for so many people. “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.” Instead of looking to God as a provider, he estimated the cost, and determined they would have to work for months to pay for it.

The NIV says, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

The footnote on John 6:7 NIV says, “Greek take 200 denarii.” The footnote in ESV says, “A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer.” So 200 denarrii is more than six month’s wages. According to Guzik, “Philip’s knowledge of the situation was accurate and impressive, but his knowledge was useless in getting the problem solved.”

Jesus wasn’t just thinking about how to feed the crowd, He used opportunities like this to teach His disciples. Philip had seen Jesus work many miracles so “there should have been no question to him about the divine resources Jesus had.” Guzik

Andrew looked at their available resources but also found the need impossible. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” The fact that he brought it up at all could show he had a spark of faith.

The little boy had the most faith because he thought sharing his small lunch would make a difference.

b. Convicted

I’ve read about the miracles the disciples saw, but I have only heard of one similar modern day food multiplication miracle. So it’s hard to say for sure, but if Jesus asked me, “Where can we buy bread to feed all of these people?” I would assume He didn’t have another plan, and He expected me to figure it out. So I would have responded like Philip but without doing the math.

8. My offerings

Caregiving for my ailing husband, sharing my writing, encouraging others, and leading worship in the prayer room.


My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 8 Day 3 ~ Study of John 6:5-9