Bible Reading Plan (Day 74)

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DAY SEVENTY-FOUR — Exodus 27, John 6

Ex 27

The Lord continues to give instructions for building the tabernacle and for the furnishings therein.

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Jn 6

We read again the feeding of the five thousand. In John’s take of the narrative, the crowd gets riled up and ready to force Jesus into political power. But Jesus sneaks off.

The disciples cross in the night and see Jesus walking on water. They let him into the boat.

The next day the people see that Jesus and the disciples have slipped away across the sea so they follow.

They wonder why Jesus left them. He says that they are seeking not a savior, but a miracle worker. The focus should not be on what fills the stomach, but what grants eternal life.

The crowds wonders what they must do to get this eternal life. The response is simple, “Believe in the one God sent!” Somehow ignorant of what they just saw the day before they ask for a sign like Moses gave manna. Jesus says that HE is the bread of life. Those who come to him will not hunger or thirst. This causes the crowds distress, the same ones who were the day before willing to make him king, now say he is nothing but a carpenter’s son.

ATTENTION WILLIAM YOUNG!!! “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.”

So Jesus responded to the grumbles… He frankly tells them that the reason they are not believing is because they are not drawn by the Father. Ouch. And if they are not drawn by the Father, Jesus will not raise them up. Ouch. Jesus is the fulfilment of the Manna.

Jesus is the bread of life. And to be united to his flesh and blood (meaning his crucifixion) is the only way to have eternal life.

Many misunderstand this and walk away. When Jesus asks the 12 if they will leave too, Simon Peter drops a good line, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

Jesus then hints that though he chose them… One will betray him.

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Questions to Ponder:

* Continue to sketch out the elements of the Tabernacle.

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