We are in this series, this summer of bread, which is one long story we take piece by piece. Thus, it might be helpful to re-cap where we have been.
This morning marks the half-way point.
It begun two Sundays (God Provides) ago with the miraculous feeding of the 5,000.
Jesus was met on the shoreline by a crowd who was not just hungry for his teachings, but who were also hungry physically. The disciples pointed this out complaining they did not have the resources to feed all these people, but a boy in the crowd had 3 fish and 5 loaves of bread. Although it was not nearly enough to feed the 5,000 people, yet after each had their fill and the bread fragments were collected it filled 12 baskets. God provides abundantly, it is our job to share that grace.
Afterwards, Jesus wants to get away from the crowd who now is seeking to make him king, in order that they might manipulate and control him to continue performing these miracles to meet their physical needs and wants. Jesus flees, but the crowd catches up with Jesus and his disciples.
Last week (The Nature of Our Quest), Jesus’ words were a little harsh. He asked the crowd if they sought him and his teachings or were simply seeking more bread, more physical food to eat. Jesus tells the crowd he is the bread, the living bread, that has come down from Heaven.
This morning, the crowd is baffled by his statements.
If we are honest with ourselves, we would have been baffled too.
At this time (and still today), the Israelites/Jews who uphold the dietary restrictions in the Torah (Teachings) would have found this particular teaching of Jesus not only unbelievable but sacrilegious. Read the rest of this entry »