This is Part 2 of the sixth chapter of the gospel of John (Yochanan). As stated in Part 1, Ch. 6 is a marvelous presentation of biblical text. It offers the very spoken words of Yeshua, miracles, as well as evil! I have noticed several interesting nuggets of study within its context. See if you have noticed these and find them as intriguing as I do. This study is a cursory one. I'm sure you can see much more than I have. It is presented in parts because chapter 6 is lengthy.
Chapter 6 also provides great examples of the dichotomy between man's understanding of Yeshua's Word verses Yeshua's WORD, hence the title of the entry. See if you agree!
It is recommended you read Part 1 first.
John 6:15 So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.
[Introductory Note: What makes the Bible divine is that nothing stated is irrelevant and it contains more bonafide, fulfilled prophecy than any other book known to man. Strange isn't it, that the Bible's detractors ignore this. There seems to be a purpose for each and every verse in the biblical text - multiple purposes in some cases. This one sentence explodes into many fragments of truth and illumination. Yeshua had just performed a great miracle and spoke words that only the Prophet who was to come would say. (See Part 1). The crowds would naturally want to present Him as the conquering King, the Messiah who was to come and overthrow their oppressors! However, we know, because we have a more complete story, that Yeshua did not come the first time as the conquering King, Mashiach ben David, but as the suffering servant, Mashiach ben Yosef. Interestingly, the 4 gospels thematically present Yeshua as; The King (Matthew), The Servant (Mark), The Son of Man (Luke), and The Son of God and Sinless Lamb (John). The book of Revelation, which many have described as the fifth gospel, presents Him as The Righteous Judge. BTW, the first 4 gospels describe Yeshua living out and fulfilling the 4 Spring Feasts of Yehovah, and Revelation, the 3 Fall Feasts, which will be fulfilled at His Second Coming! You see, if we do not study and celebrate the Feasts of the LORD, we will never understand the B'rit Hadashah! Christmas, Easter, Lent, Good Friday - all that claptrap is pagan and has nothing to do with real truth!]
John 6:16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea,
John 6:17 and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
John 6:18 The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
John 6:19 Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened.
John 6:20 But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."
John 6:21 So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
[Note: Amazing! Where does one start with these last few verses!?! Obviously, the itinerary was to continue to Capernaum. Yeshua was not present when the boat left - He missed the boat - not wishing to be crowned "King" at this time! It was dark and the disciples had rowed some distance out, with wind against them (the Sea of Galilee is about 8 miles across at it's widest point). Some commenters say that Yeshua had climbed one of the large hills near Beit Saida (House of Fishing), which leads towards the Golan Heights, and He could actually see that His disciples were not making progress against the storm. Think about it. How frightened would you be if you saw someone walking on water towards your boat? And, did you notice, the boat and it's occupants arrived immediately where they were going, after retrieving Yeshua! In Matthew's account Peter (Kefa) asks to join Jesus on the water. Some folks ridicule the fact that the gospel accounts have differences in the stories they tell, but remember, each account is from the personal point of view of a different author, so slight differences are normal. All 4 gospels should be read in order to amalgamate the whole picture. My personal interest in this is the supernatural aspect. Many such supernatural events occur in scripture. I believe we have been given a "snapshot view" of what living as a spirit being might be like. Remember, spiritual beings can also interact with physical things. The Bible is full of such references! Here are just 4 of my favorites. There are many more:
... Jesus (and Peter) walking on water (Matthew 14, Mark 6, John 6)
... Jesus vanishing from the two disciples sight (Luke 24)
... Jesus suddenly appearing in their midst (Luke 24)
... a floating ax head! (2 Kings 6)
You see, the good book tells us things, very important things, and we are supposed to listen and learn. Studying the Bible is NOT a casual exercise or something suitable for boredom while pew sitting! : ) ]
John 6:22 The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone.
John 6:23 There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
John 6:24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus.
John 6:25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did You get here?"
[Note: We have only One Rabbi (Great One) and that is Yeshua. No man can be our Rabbi. It is correct to call Yeshua Rabbi! We have no Father either, except the One in Heaven and yes, Yeshua can be called Father and Yehovah, for they are One! I do not agree with Messianics or others having Rabbis in their synagogues and I certainly don't agree with having Priests! For that matter, assemblies should be governed by Elders more so than Preachers! Having said this, it becomes clear that most of man's religious institutions do not agree with what the biblical text says. This should frighten the living daylights out of most churches and synagogues and those who frequent them! How do I know all this? Is this just my opinion? Please enjoy this Topical Concordance selection from the Hebrew Roots Bible ...
Changing of the Priesthood:
Heb. 5:9-10, 7:24
Num. 3:11-13, 8:14-19
Ex. 32:1-9, 19-20, 26-28
1 Cor. 11:3
Col. 1:13, 18
1 Cor. 12:27-28
Num. 16:1-5, 11, 21
1 Pet. 5:1-5
1 Tim. 3:8-13
1 Thess. 3:2
1 Tim. 3:1-7
1 Pet. 5:1-5
2 John 1:1
3 John 1:1
1 Tim. 5:19
Acts 11:30, 14:23
1 Tim. 5:17-18
Faith In Yeshua:
John 6:40, 47
Rom. 10:4, 9-13
Gal. 3:22, 26
1 John 5:11-13
Father And The Son:
Ps. 110:1, 5-7
Ps. 2:2, 7
John 5:19, 30-31
1 Cor. 14:40
Gen. 1:4, 5, 11-13, 16,19, 22-23, 31
1 Cor. 14:33
1 Sam. 16:1, 7, 12-13
1 Cor. 14:34-35
1 Tim. 2:11-14
Spirit of the Holy One:
1 Cor. 1:17-18
2 Cor. 13:4
2 Pet. 1:3
2 Tim. 1:7-8
The Melchizedek Priesthood:
Heb. 7:1-6, 13-17
1 Pet. 2:5-10
Ex. 19:22, 24:5
2 Cor. 3:1-6
Rev. 5:8-10, 20:6
Heb. 4:14, 5:10
The Name of Yeshua:
1 John 3:23
Yeshua Is Elohim:
John 8:24, 56-58
1 Cor. 12:3
Folks, I am NOT a smart fellow. And I humbly say; I sincerely believe that the Ruach just drops this stuff in my lap sometimes. You see, the good LORD knows I need all the help I can get!]
John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
John 6:27 "Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal."
[Note: Would that we, all of us, have this seal! (Rev. 7)]
John 6:28 Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?"
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."
John 6:30 So they said to Him, "What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?
John 6:31 "Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.'"
John 6:32 Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.
John 6:33 "For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world."
John 6:34 Then they said to Him, "Lord, always give us this bread."
John 6:35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
John 6:36 "But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.
John 6:37 "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.
John 6:38 "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 6:39 "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.
John 6:40 "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."
John 6:41 Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, "I am the bread that came down out of heaven."
John 6:42 They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, 'I have come down out of heaven'?"
John 6:43 Jesus answered and said to them, "Do not grumble among yourselves.
John 6:44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
[Note: If you had any question that Yeshua claimed to be "from" Elohim, the last few verses should settle that. Please notice something here. The blue text I've highlighted "raises up" "on the last day". It is stated 3 times. When this happens it is done for emphasis. Yeshua is saying; HEAR THIS! IT"S ME TELLING YOU SOMETHING-LISTEN! DON"T BELIEVE ANYONE ELSE! Does anyone still believe we go to heaven when we die (in a conscious state)? What does the "last day" mean to you? Forget what it means to you, the Bible says emphatically it's the Second Coming. I used to be one of those who believed the Earth laid dormant for the millennium. When I stopped listening to man and actually read my Bible I knew I was wrong! The Fall Feasts of the LORD make the picture clear. We who are part of the First Resurrection do go to Heaven for a brief period, for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb but return to Earth to rule with Him for a 1,000 years - may we all be there! Until that blessed Resurrection we are dead!]
John 6:45 "It is written in the prophets, 'AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
John 6:46 "Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.
John 6:47 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
John 6:48 "I am the bread of life.
[Note: Every Hebrew household knows about bread and it's importance. Traditional prayers about bread have been repeated throughout Israelite history. At the end of Chapter 8 of John, Yeshua says; "Abraham saw my day and rejoiced in it". He was referencing Gen. 14 when the Malki-Tzedek brought out bread and wine and Abram gave him a tenth of everything he owned. Tradition says the following 2 prayers were said at that time, and later, at the Last Supper. These 2 prayers have been historically known in more or less this form for millennia. (transliterated, obviously!)
Ba-rooch ah-ta Yehovah, El-lo-hay-noo Meh-lech ha-oh-lam, Ha-mo-tzee Leh-chem, Meen ha-ah Retz. Amain.
Blessed are you Yehovah, O LORD Our God, King of the Universe, Who Brings forth Bread from the Earth. Amen.
Ba-rooch ah-ta Yehovah, El-lo-hay-noo Meh-lech ha-oh-lam, Bo-Ray P'ree Ha-gah-fen. Amain.
Blessed are you Yehovah, O LORD Our God, King of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the Vine. Amen.
The Manna the Israelites ate, which came from God, is a shadow picture of Yeshua, The Bread of Life!]
John 6:49 "Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
John 6:50 "This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
John 6:51 "I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh."
John 6:52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?"
John 6:53 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 yourselves.
John 6:54 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
John 6:55 "For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.
John 6:56 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
John 6:57 "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.
John 6:58 "This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever."
John 6:59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.
John 6:60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, "This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?"
John 6:61 But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, "Does this cause you to stumble?
John 6:62 "What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?
John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
[Note: "the flesh profits nothing"; the words I have spoken to you are spirit and are life." So much for a claimed Eucharist that magically turns to flesh and blood. How "dark age" and demonic is that concept anyway? The Bread and Wine is a "remembrance", a memorial, and was done with leavened bread. The Last Supper was NOT a Passover celebration! The Lamb(s) were not slaughtered until the next day.]
John 6:64 "But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.
John 6:65 And He was saying, "For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father."
John 6:66 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.
John 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, "You do not want to go away also, do you?"
John 6:68 Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.
John 6:69 "We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God."
John 6:70 Jesus answered them, "Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?"
John 6:71 Now He meant Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him.
[Note: Enter ... the Evil]
... End, Part 2