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disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. 15 When Jesus

15 The people judged rightly that therefore perceived that they He was that prophet”—or the Meswould come and take him by siah. But they judged wrongly in force, to make him a king, expecting Him as a temporal prince. he departed again into a

He therefore withdrew to his holy

solitude. mountain himself alone. And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, and entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. 19 So when they had 19 “ He made the sea also.” Why rowed about five and twenty marvel we that the sea should obey or thirty furlongs, they see

Him—its Creator ? (Matt. viii. 26.) Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship : and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went. The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone ; (howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks :) when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were 27 He skilfully avails himself of the

27 Labour not for the occasion to convey general instrucmeat which perisheth, but for tion. that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father adding the instructive and monitory reason- -“ that nothing be lost." This applies to us all ; especially to servants, who are often placed in trust over the goods of others,

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sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of

129 To each of my followers, faith is God ? Jesus answered and indispensable — whatever be their said unto them, This is the station and walk in life-rich or work of God, that ye believe poor, great or lowly *

30 So is it with ourselves. Our de on him whom he hath sent.

liverance out of former troubles30 They said therefore unto how often do we forget it, and ask him, What sign shewest thou new signs of the goodness of our then, that we may see, and God ! believe thee? what dost thou work ? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert ; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

32 « As bread nourishes the body, so Jesus said unto them, Verily, my doctrines nourish the soul. It was verily, I say unto you, Moses a wonder past your comprehension gave you not that bread from that your fathers were miraculously heaven ; but my Father giv- from faith in that mystery, to believe

fed by manna in the wilderness. Learn eth you the true bread from in the mystery which I now declare heaven. For the bread of unto you, namely, that 'I am the God is he which cometh bread of life,' spiritually." down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life : he that cometh to me shall never hunger ; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 4° And this is the will 40 Let us rejoice in this truth, so ear. of him that sent me, that nestly repeated by our blessed Lord. every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know ? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?

* The principle here laid down is as comforting to the individual Christian, as it is important and beneficial to society at large. Men doubted, whether if they entered into the service of Jesus Christ, they must not give up entirely their worldly calling, and devote themselves exclusively to their spiritual labours and so follow Him! This doubt He briefly resolves. (See the note on Luke iii. 12.)

Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw bim: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is writ

45 This explains the preceding verse ten in the prophets, And they showing us, that though no man shall be all taught of God. can go to Christ, unless God call him Every man therefore that to the knowledge of Christ by the hath heard, and hath learned Gospel ; yet He now teaches all

Gentile as well as Jew. of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven : if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever : and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to 53 As our Lord was in life when He eat ? 63 Then Jesus said unto thus expressed Himself, it is manithem, Verily, verily, I say

fest that He spake these words in a unto you, Except ye eat the spiritual sense *. (See ver. 63.) flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. “As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven : not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead : he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Caper- 60 The difficulty arose from their

Many therefore of not understanding his words spirihis disciples, when they had tually. heard this, said, This is an hard saying ; who can hear it ? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before ?

* This expression had reference to the paschal lamb, by eating the fesh of which, according to God's ordinance, as a type of Jesus, the Lamb of God, the Jews hoped to have pardon for their sins, and acceptance with

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65 It is the spirit that quick- 63 This clears up the subject. He eneth ; the flesh profiteth affirms distinctly, that it is not really nothing : the words that I flesh that He means, but doctrinespeak unto you, they are spi- that is spirit—that is life. rit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away!

Then Simon Peter answer- 68 Reader ! whither, or to whom, ed him, Lord, to whom shall can we go for life eternal, except to we go ? thou hast the words

this Saviour-God blessed for ever! of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the 70 Among other reasons for Judas living God.

having been chosen as one of the swered them, Have not I apostles, was this—to show that no chosen you twelve, and one

unworthiness in the minister of the

Gospel could weaken the blessings of of you is a devil? He spake the doctrine He promulgates. Our of Judas Iscariot, the son of Lord terms Judas a devil, inasmuch Simon : for he it was that as his sin displayed all the malie should betray him, being one

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CHAPTER VII.

MARCH 20, JULY 19, Nov. 15. After these things Jesus So long as he had his great work walked in Galilee : for he still to do, so long he exercised all would not walk in Jewry, be- prudence to escape his enemies. cause the Jews sought to kill him. Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judæa, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. For neither did his brethren believe in him. Then Jesus safely to the feast; he was compelled

6 His kindred could at any time go said unto them, My time is to choose fit opportunity, lest his not yet come: but your time adversaries altogether prevented him is alway ready. The world being in Jerusalem. cannot hate you ; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. Go ye up unto this feast : 1

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go not up yet unto this feast ; for my time is not yet full

When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? 12 And there 12 The best men will find some to was much murmuring among say “Nay" to their virtues; not perthe people concerning him: haps openly, but by mean whisperfor some said, He is a good ing, as did these Jews. man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews. Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 15 And the Jews 15 Not having been instructed in marvelled, saying, Howknow- the law by the scribes. eth this man letters, having never learned ? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. "If any man will do his will,

17 Unbelief springs from aversion he shall know of the doctrine, to that purity of heart and holiness whether it be of God, or

of conduct which faith requires. whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. Did not Moses give you

19 Knowing their resolve to kill the law, and yet none of you him, he reminds them that their own keepeth the law? Why go

law would condemn their act. ye about to kill me? The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee? Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel, * Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision ; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers ;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.

If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken ; are ye angry at me because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day? 24 Judge 24 Let this be your rule of judging not according to the appear

others. ance, but judge righteous judgment. Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? How

The argument is strong_“Ye break the law of Moses by circumeising on the Sabbath day, and ye stand justified ; circumcision being before Moses, even of your father Abraham. Why then be angry with me, who heal on the Sabbath day? Is not the law of charity and goodwill before Moses ? before Abraham ? even from the beginning ?”

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