BSF Study Questions John Lesson 9, Day 4: John 6:30-33

Summary of passage:  The people ask Jesus for a miraculous sign so they can believe he is the son of God (verse 29).  Jesus says he is the bread of God who comes from heaven to give life to the world.

Questions:

8 )  The Israelites received manna from God every day for 40 years in the desert for food.  They received it because they grumbled against God for bringing them to a desert with nothing to eat.

9a)  “the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  God.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I live my life for Him now.  Follow His calling.  Obey.  Pray.  Listen.  And love like Jesus.  Try to walk in his ways and shine his light to the world.

10)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  “miraculous”  I haven’t demanded a miraculous sign from Jesus and it’s inappropriate to gossip about others.  That is between that person and God.  (Very similar question from Lesson 3 Day 4 when the people asked for a miraculous sign as well).

Conclusions:  I thought there was a lot here that got lost in the personal questions.  Very simply:  Jesus is our daily bread.  Feast on him!

End Notes:  So these people have just experienced the miracle of the feeding of the 5000.  However, the Jewish leaders have arrived (Matthew 15:1, John 6:41; Mark 7:1) and they want to see another miracle.  The people who got the free food are in it as well for free stuff!

The people brought up manna and Moses in hopes Jesus would do the same thing:  free bread for life!

Jesus corrects them by pointing out that the manna in the wilderness did not come from Moses but from God and that the Father still gives (present tense) the true bead from heaven (life through the Son).

Jesus replies with:  Yes, indeed, God gave you bread.  And here is the True Bread from God–me!  And then you’ll have eternal life.  Let’s move on from the physical to the spiritual.

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BSF Study Questions John Lesson 9, Day 3: John 6:28-29

Summary of passage:  The people ask Jesus what they must do to do God’s work.  Jesus tells them it’s simple:  believe in me.

Questions:

6)  Many people think/thought you have to earn your way into heaven by doing good works–helping the poor, etc.  Jesus says all you have to do is have faith in him.

7a)  That Jesus died for our sins.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Time, time management, organization, rid of distractions, prioritizing what is most important of the work God has for me, the energy to accomplish it.

Conclusions:  One of the most important passages in the Bible in my opinion.  Believe in Jesus and what he did on the cross for us.  If you do that, all else will fall into place.

End Notes:  “Work” is the same verb as Jesus used in verse 27.  They ask specifically what works he requires.  These people still want a quick fix and a quick answer.  Just tell us what to do so we can do it and receive more free stuff.  They still don’t get it.  Eternal life is a gift from Christ.  The “work” is belief in Jesus.  And for some this is the toughest job of all!

Trust God and believe.  Then our work will undoubtedly be His.