John Lesson 8 Day 4

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John Lesson 8 Day 4

Study of John 6:10-15

Mark 6:34-44 (Mark’s detailed account of the same miracle.)

9. a. Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.”

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, instructed His disciples to make the crowd of about five thousand men plus women and children to sit down in green pastures. (See Psalm 23:1-2)

“Our blessed Master has glorious leisure, because he is always punctual. Late people are in a hurry; but he, being never late, never hurries.” (Spurgeon)

He had the disciples distribute the pieces of bread and fish.

Jesus then had the disciples gather the leftover fragments so that nothing would be lost.

The disciples gathered twelve baskets full of leftovers.

b. Jesus took the loaves and first gave thanks.

Even though the little boy’s lunch was small, Jesus thanked His Father for what He had.

Several verses come to mind:

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3 ESV

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Luke 16:10 ESV (Perhaps, also ungrateful in much.)

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” Matthew 25:21 ESV (emphasis added)

10. Personal application of Jesus’ instructions and response

  • Obey everything Jesus says to do.
  • Always be grateful and thank God for what I have, especially when it feels like it’s not enough.
  • Ask others to help instead of trying to do it all myself.
  • Don’t let resources go to waste.
  • Remember that Jesus is the miracle worker. Give Him all the glory.
  • Also remember that Jesus multiplied the broken pieces, not the whole loaves and fish.

11. a. Spiritual hunger

A large crowd stayed to listen to Jesus even though they were unprepared to stay. Jesus said they were like sheep without a shepherd.

The disciples encouraged Jesus to send the crowds home, but Jesus tells them to give the people something to eat.

b. Online media provide amazing tools for feeding others the Bread of Life. The reach is virtually limitless! 

News of Jesus’ miracles spread like wildfire in a culture without media coverage, only word of mouth.

Mark 6:34-44 (Mark’s detailed account of the same miracle.)

John 5:35, 63 “John was the lamp that kept on burning and shining [to show you the way], and you were willing for a while to rejoice in his light…It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh conveys no benefit [it is of no account]. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life [providing eternal life].” AMP

12. a. The crowd’s perception of Jesus

After witnessing this extravagant all-you-can-eat meal, they believed Jesus was the Prophet promised in Deuteronomy 18:15. “If the coming Prophet was to be like Moses, it made sense that he would also feed the people miraculously as Moses did.” (Guzik)

As the buzz and excitement continued, the crowd wanted to make Jesus their king to overthrow Roman rule.

Jesus knew what they were thinking and where this would lead. He knew His calling and wasn’t tempted to go along with their plan. He was more interested in spending quality time with His Father in heaven.

b. Areas where I have my own expectations of Jesus

The spiritual and physical welfare of my sons and their families.

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