Summary: The bread (manna) that the Israelites were fed in the desert foreshadowed Christ, the true bread from heaven.
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Jesus took a little boy’s lunch and miraculously multiplied it to feed a crowd of five thousand men, plus women and children (John 6:1-13). Lesson: God can use anyone to do great things.
The people’s reaction to the miracle: They believed Jesus was “the Prophet” (v. 14; cf. Deuteronomy 18:15) and wanted to “make him king by force” (v. 15a). Jesus’ response: He left the crowd (v. 15b). His mission was to die for the sins of the world, not to drive out the Romans.
In this chapter, the people compared Jesus to Moses:
• Moses fed the Israelites with manna; Jesus fed the multitude with bread.
• Moses parted the Red Sea (Exodus 13-15); Jesus walked on water.
16When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
22The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. 23Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search for Jesus (John 6:16-24).
Preacher Franck Kabele, from Gabon, West Africa, told his congregation that he could repeat Jesus’ miracle of walking on water. One eyewitness said, “He told churchgoers he’d had a revelation that if he had enough faith, he could walk on water like Jesus.
“He took his congregation to the beach saying he would walk across the Komo estuary, which takes 20 minutes by boat. He walked into the water, which soon passed over his head and he never came back.” (worldnetdaily.com)
This is one of the reasons why the slogan “What would Jesus do?” is a bit faulty.
MANNA AND JESUS
“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry…” (John 6:35).
To understand this statement, we must go back to Exodus 16, which tells us how God provided bread for the Israelites in the desert following the Exodus from Egypt.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day’” (Exodus 16:4; see also v. 5, 13-18, 35).
The people called the bread “manna”: supernatural bread, means “What is it?”, called “angels’ food” (Psalm 78:25 NKJV).