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I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.…All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

—Jesus (John 6:35-40)

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just eat it

I've been thinking so much about this!! How can I be SATISFIED in God and His word?? I don't exactly get it, to be honest...

My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:5

AND

A verse whose reference I cannot remember or find.

Your words were found and I ate them. And they were to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.

Re: just eat it

Considering this in faith is rich. I'm glad there are mysteries into which God invites us. Otherwise, it's just us, and honestly, I've had enough of that (I know it doesn't satisfy).
I don't have a Bible nearby, but Jesus speaks these words shortly after miraculously feeding the 5,000, yes?

If I remember correctly, the description of his coming "down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me" can be seen as a good description of the manna sent in OT times, as well as foreshadowing of the struggle at Gethsemane.

Lately, I'm preparing a message on the Lord's Supper and find myself referring more and more to the feeding of the multitudes and the OT Book of Exodus.
Quite so.

I think our age and culture of (competing) grocery stores that look like warehouses, aisle upon aisle and row upon row stocked with any food we can imagine (and many we wouldn't have) from anywhere in the world, and countless restaurants serving any kind of food in any time frame or price range has desensitized us to the bare essentials of understanding God in relation to food. We simply don't understand the weight of feeding 5,000 (plus women and children), providing daily bread, and inviting us to commune with Him and feast on Him at His table.

We've outsourced Him in so many respects, even though that's only an illusion.

i wonder...

why this didn't work for me? found myself hungry and thirsty again, and no altogether satisfaction to be found. and now I can't even figure out where the 'me' is (the one which is the object of "comes to").
Maybe the "me" is the poor. or at least hanging out with them.