Where: Jesus left Jerusalem and went “to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.” Don’t really know exactly where, probably not Bethsaida because of another story coming up about that place. I guess just some place close to the shore ‘cuz of getting in a boat later. Maybe Hippos? That’s directly across from Tiberias, which comes into play later.
When: Either the 2nd or 3rd yearly Passover Feast of Jesus’ public ministry
v. 2 Do the masses think the circus has come to town? …or do they know that Jesus has come from God? …do they know that Jesus IS God? Probably all three in the shape of a funnel, with the many that are the least faithful filling the wide top – and the few that are the most faithful filling the narrow bottom.
v. 4 I suppose that this passage’s mentioning that the Passover was at hand serves the purpose of letting us know that the multitude had come from far places to do the mandatory celebration of the feast in Jerusalem and therefore are a long way from their homes and from their food. Jerusalem is set up to handle selling food to that kind of crowd, but not the countryside. What to do?
v. 8-9 Peter’s brother, Andrew, must think that Jesus can feed with a miracle because of 1. the suggestive way he asks the question and 2. The original version asks this in a present tense (the asterisk I mentioned yesterday), indicating that the question is significant.
v. 10 Why mention that there was much grass? A picture of Jesus as the Shepherd tending to His flock in a pasture of abundance?
v. 11 It’s pointed out that everyone ate as much as they wanted (not just what they needed).
v. 12 I’ve never noticed the phrase: “that nothing may be lost”
As our Shepherd, Jesus meets our needs fully, but only one day at a time? Like the Old Testament manna – gathered for that day only without being saved in a jar – and then God would provide again the next day. That explanation doesn’t really hit the nail squarely though about the exact word “lost.” Oh well.
v 21 So cool. After speaking to the eunuch in Acts, Peter is immediately transported to another place in a manner just like this. Will we have this ability when we get our glorified bodies? Not really sure how this applies to today. In a similar story to this, Jesus calms the storm and takes the disciples through it to shore – and He can do that in our lives today when we go through difficulty. He normally doesn’t make difficulty just disappear like in this passage, but I guess this may be a picture that He can do so. However He does it though, we must be “fellows in the same ship: in fellowship” with Him (okay that one may not be Biblical, but I couldn’t resist).
v. 28-29 Jesus tells the people, do not work to row across the lake for another free meal (that must’ve been some Really good bread He multiplied!), but in order to find out how to have eternal life.
v. 53-54 metaphor for believe, repeating what He just said
v. 56 we are eternally secure
v. 66 Jesus is like a razor blade, there’s no riding the fence – you slice either one direction or the other. The more clearly that He is presented, like here, many people quickly slice to unbelief. This is the most clearly and bluntly He’s spoken of Himself! These people that left Jesus in their unbelief are part of the bigger group of disciple/students that had been following Him for quite awhile. This lets us know that today there can be people in churches studying and following Jesus but who don’t believe this one truth that Jesus just presented about Himself. And this is the one and only truth that gives us eternal life and that is so neglected in churches today (at least according to my conversations with several preachers).
v. 71 and v. 64 taken together is proof that Judas was an unbeliever (duh).
from Cal Staggers | Bible Studies http://ift.tt/1E6NUe5