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another shall come in his own name, him ye will re

44. ceive. How can ye believe, which receive honour

one of another, and seek not the honour that cometb

45 from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you,

46 even Moses, in whomye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of

47 me(y). But if ye believe not his writings, how shall, ye believe my words?

CHAP. VI.

1 A FTER these things Jesus went over the sea of Gali

2 lee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles

3 which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his

4 disciples. And the paflbver, a seast of the Jews, was nigh.

5 When Jesus then lift up his eyes, and saw a great company coming unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat (a) f

6 (And this he said to prove him (b): for he himself

7 knew what he would do.) Philip answered him, Two hundred penny-worth of bread (<r) is not sussicient

.will receive them. They had done so before the coming os Christ (AHs v. 36, 37.) and after his death impostors arose who had many followers.

(q) Though you pretend so great a veneration for Moses, you do not in sact believe him ; for if you did, you must have received me upon his authority. The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet like unte me (saith lie) unto him yeJhali hearken. Deut. xviii. 15.

(a) See Mat. xv. 34. Note.

(b) To raise his attention, and make trial of his saith ; for he had before determined with himself what he was about to do.

(c) Two hundred Roman pence (the coin then current among the Jews) at seven-pence halfpenny English, amounted to six pounds nine shillings and two-pence: which was probably a larger sum than the disciples were possessed of.

; for for them, that every one of them may take a little.

8 One ofhis disciples, Andrew, Simon I eter's brother,

9 saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley-loaves, and two small fishes: but what are

10 they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place: so the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the

12 rashes, as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the frag

13 ments 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.

14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet

15 that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force to make him a king, he departed (J) again

16 into a mountain himself alone. And when even was

17 now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, And entered into a ship, and went over the sea towards Capernaum : and it was now dark, and Jesus was not

18 come to them. And the sea arose (e), by reason of

19 a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the

20 ship : and they were afraid. But he saith unto them,

21 It is I, be not afraid. Then they willingly received

(d) They were struck with aflonilhment and respect; and Jesus, who knew the thoughts and designs of men, perceived their intention and withdrew himself. '»

(e) The wind being contrary {Mark vi. 48.) they had rowed but three or sour miles during the whole night, until the fourth watch, which began at three •'clock in the morning*

him into the ship: and immediately (f) the ship was at the land whither they went.

22 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

23 away alone: (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias, nigh unto the place where they did eat

24 bread, after that the Lord had given thanks.) When the .people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they alfo took, shipping, and

25 came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they

26 said unto him, Rabbi, when eamest 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 filled.;

27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting lise (g)t which the Son of man shall give unto you: for himi.

28 hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the

29 works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them^ This is the work of God (h), that ye believe on hjim

30 whom he hath sent. They said therefore unto him,

(f) As soon as Jesus came into the vessel, it immediately reached the place they were going to.

(g) Our blessed Saviour's meaning is, not to discourage that labour and industry, which the providence of God hath made necessary to men in rheir respective stations, and the neglect of which is therefore sinful;'but he recommends comparatively as of much higher importance than any concerns of this world, a careful preparation for the next. Mat. vi. 33.

.The miracles the Son of Man performs, are as it were the seal of his authority from God the Father, to give eternal lite to such as believe and obey him.

(A) Care to embrace and obey the gospel covenant, is the work that God requires of you.

i--.J:, I What What sign shewest thou then,- that we may see, ants

31 believe thee (/)? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the defkrt; as it is written, He gave

32 them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you,. Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father

33 giveth you the true bread from heaven (k). For the bread of God is he which cometh down from hea

34 ven (/), and giveth lise unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this breads

35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of lise: he that cometh to me, shall never hunger; and he that

36 belteveth on me, shall never thirst(m). But 1 said, unto you, that ye also have seen me, and believe not.

37 All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me ; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out («).

38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine 'Own

39 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, 1 should lose nothing («), but should

40 raise it up again at the last day. And this is the wilL of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the: Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting lise:

41 and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews . then murmured at him, because he said, I am the

(1) Not satisfied with the miracles they had' seen, not even with that of the loaves by which they were sed, they still demand, as a further proof, a sign from heaven. Mat. xvi. I. Moses brought food from Heaven, could be' visibly do the like?

(£) Moses was but the instrument in thei hand of God; and it< is God who now ossers you the greatest of all blessings, through me, even eternal lise. . . .- r !: i : . >. .

(/) That is the bread of God that cometh dow,n from heaven and. giveth lise, not as the manna did to one. nation, but to the whole world; not for a short time, but to all eternity.

(m) Will have no need of any other support for ever.

{n) All that accept of the gift of the Father will believe in me* ind shall be accepted by me. , . 'J

(3) I should sufser none to be lost. .i..i/ \ ., Li ,

. .' 42 bread ^2-"bread which came down from heaven. And^they said, 1!. Is not this Jesus the Son of Joseph, whose sather and

mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I 43 came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered

and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which

hath sent me, draw him : and I will raise him up at

45 the last day.. It is written in the prophets, And they shall .he all, taught of God (p). Every man therefore

. . that hath hear d, and hath learned of the Fathers

46 cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the . Father;- save he which is of God, he hath seen the

47 Father. Verily, verily I say unto you, He that be

48 lieveth on me hath everlasting lise. I am that bread

49 of lise. Your sathers did eat manna in the wilder

50 ness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, .that a man may eat thereof, and

51 not die. I am the living'breiad, which came down from heaven: If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever (q): and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, which I will give for the lise of the world.

52 The Jews therefore strove amongst, themselves, saying, How can this rnan give us his flesh to eat (r) r

l. i . . . 53 Then

\p) There arc two ways by which men are taught of God, viz. by she good principles of the heart, and by divine revelation." AU they who had a good disposition, could not but reverence his wisdom and power i and if they consulted the scriptures of the Old Testament, they mu(l have seen that he was there plainly described as the Meffiah; the time and place of his birth, the family from which he sprung, and the manner of his lise, being all exactly, foretold. . .

\q) To eat of the bread of lise, is to receive and <ligcst the heavenly doctrine of Christ, by obedience to which we mail be prepared for everlasting lise. ' See Matt! xvii }2.

(r) This figurative mode of speech was naturally suggested by th^ occasion. The multitude had followed Chrilt for the sake of,.the loaves, expecting to be sed again, as they bad been the day before; and being disappointed, afsect to despise the miracle, and extol Moses for having wrought a greater in bringing bread from heaven. Our

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