What is the bread of Heaven?

I want to continue to learn to read the scriptures with new eyes. To ask hard questions about them and challenge myself, and hopefully you will join in and be challenged as well.

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“To be quite honest, you’re seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the bread and you were filled…”

This is my take on John 6:26.

Yesterday this chapter really got me thinking. He’s trying to expose the motives of our hearts here. People were out with Jesus for a good long while, and were hungry. So He filled their bellies. He’s saying that now they’re only following because they want their bellies to be full, not because they really believe.

“… Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on him the Father, God, has set His seal.”

How do you respond?

Don’t just read it… take it in. What is He saying. There’s more questions to ask Him. The one that comes to my mind first is, “So what is the food? Are you saying that I shouldn’t worry about food? If so, how am I supposed to live?”

Christ answers,

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”

The people wanted a sign. Do I look for signs? They said that Moses gave them manna from heaven., and their fathers ate it, and were satisfied. Didn’t the Father send Moses?

Are you catching the trend here?

It’s easy to follow God when He is giving us those basic, physical things that fill our bellies… but what about when He tells us where to go, and what to do? Will we follow Him then? Do we still want to claim Him as Father?

“… it was not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. The bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”

So, this bread isn’t the manna? It’s not the loaves that you just multiplied to feed us?

“I am the bread of life…”

oh…

“…he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”

Take it at face value and chew on that for a while.

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