August 13, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for John 5-6
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Commentary: Jesus continues to enrage the Pharisees by disregarding their rules and healing on the Sabbath. Jesus also claims equality with God and offers evidence to His claim in accordance with Jewish law, which requires at least two witnesses (Jesus offered five). The feeding of the 5,000 is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels. The bread and fish are reminiscent of the manna and water given to the Israelites in the desert after the first Passover. The people however, quickly forgot the miracle and demanded to see more proof before they would believe, in part because they were hungry again the following morning. Jesus explained that He had come to offer bread and water that would forever fill a person. The crowd did not understand Jesus was speaking metaphorically. Our faith in Jesus Christ is to nourish us and provide us strength. Salvation through faith cannot be earned by works. Both were concepts the Jews, including the disciples found difficult to understand.
Focus Verses: 5:31-47 Who were the five witnesses offered by Jesus in defense of His claim? What can you learn from these verses? What comfort can you take from Jesus’ words?