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May 19, 2022

Coming as Bread to Be Our Life Supply (3)

John 6:33 For the bread of God is He who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world. 34 They said therefore to Him, Lord, give us this bread always. 35 Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall by no means hunger, and he who believes into Me shall by no means ever thirst.

[Part 3 of 4] In chapter six of the Gospel of John the Lord clearly told the Jews that He is the bread of life (John 6:35). He indicated to them that He is the bread of God, the One who "comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world" (John 6:33). He came down from heaven to be the bread of life to satisfy the hunger of the world. Although a word concerning this was clearly given in John 6, there is not such a word in the synoptic Gospels, in Matthew, Mark, or Luke. But in Mark 7:27 the Lord Jesus used the word "bread." He said that the bread should first be given to the children. What the Lord says concerning the children's bread in verse 27 indicates that He did not come simply to do miracles. The Lord Jesus came to feed the hungry children. Feeding is a matter of dispensing. In my study of the Greek word for "dispensation" (oikonomia), I have learned that this word comes from a root that means to distribute food. An example of a person distributing food is Joseph in Egypt. As one who distributed food to the people, he was a good steward carrying out a stewardship. That stewardship was an oikonomia, a dispensing of the supply of food. We may say that the real Joseph is the Lord Jesus, the Slave- Savior. In chapter seven of the Gospel of Mark we see Him dispensing Himself as bread, as nourishing food. He is dispensing Himself as the element of the life supply to satisfy the hungry ones. [Continued tomorrow] (c) Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 198-199. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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