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said unto them—I am the bread of life: he that John vi. 35 cometh to me, shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me, shall never thirst. But I said 36

unto you, that ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me, shall come 37

to me; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from Heaven, 38

not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which 39

hath sent me: that of all which he hath given me, I should lose nothing, but mould raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him 40

that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him; may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. Such a studied ambiguity appears to run through the whole of this interesting discourse, that we—are not at all, surprised at the event. The Jews then 41

murmured at .him, because he said—' I am the 42

'bread which came down from Heaven.' And
they said, Is not this Jesus the son of Joseph,
whose father and mother we know? How is it
then that he faith' I came down from Heaven s" 43

Jesus therefore answered, and said unto them.
Murmur not among yourselves. No man can 44.

come to me, except the Father which hath sent
me, draw him: and I will raise him up at the last
day. It is written in the prophets: ' and they ^,

* shall be all taught of God.' Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Fa

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John vi. 46thcr, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he

47 hath seen the Father. Verily I say nnto you, he that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am

48 that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna

49 in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from Heaven, that a

51 man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread, which came down from Heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I wiH give you, is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. All this was unsatisfactory, it could not convince, because it was not understood: and we find— The Jews therefore strove amongst themselves,

5* faying—How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

53 Then Jesus faith unto them, Verily, verily I fay unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son ot Man, and drink his blood, ye have no life

54 in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him

55 up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed,

56 and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in

57 me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that

58 eateth me, even he fliall live by me. This is that bread which came down from Heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. I

know know not how to account for this ambiguous, chapter verfe unintelligible, and to the chief part of his audience it must appear, absurd, discourse. Was it to try how far faith could prevail against reason? We cannot suppose many of them were learned men; but we may suppose most of them had common sense. Offended by his attack upon this quarter, and not being drawn to him by the Father, even some of his disciples said— This is an hard faying, who can hear it? Instead j0hn vi. 60 of reconciling them, by an explanation suited to their understanding; he drives them to extremities, by 'faying—Doth this offend you? What, 61 and if ye shall fee the Son of Man ascend "up where he was before? It is the spirit that quick- 62 eneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that 63 I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are .life. But there 3iejbme of you (not a few I ap- 64 prehend) that believe not: therefore said I unto 6; you, that no man can come to me, except it were given unto him of my Father. And we are not surprised when we read—' From that time 66 'many of his disciples went back, and walked 'no more with him.' Alarmed at this defection, and notwithstanding—Jesus knew from the beginning, who they were that believed not, (vide v. 64.) he said to the twelve—' Will ye also go g, 'away? Peter, whose faith never failed him, but in cases of danger, replied—' Lord, to whom shall 6i 1 we go? thou hast the words of eternal life: G 2 and

chapter Verse' and we believe, and are sure that thou art that John vi. 69 1 Christ, the Son of the living God.' To this 7° courteous answer, Jesus replied—Have I not chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil. This (John tells us) was meant of Judas, that 71 should betray him. Not deriving that information from this scene (exhibited in the synagogue at Capernaum) which we might reasonably have hoped, we will return to Matthew's history. In his 15th chapter he informs us that the Scribes •and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, demanded of Jesus, why his disciples transgressed the tradition of the elders, by omitting to wash their hands when they eat bread. Upon which he xv. 7 exposes their hypocrisy, and adds—Well did

8 Esaias prophecy of you saying—This people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honour me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

9 But in vain do they worship me, teaching for 11 doctrines the commandments of men. He tells

the multitude, that it is not what entereth the mouth defileth the man, but what cometh out- of

15 the mouth. His disciples, not understanding

this, request an explanation, and he informs

. them, that what comes out of the mouth is sent

from the heart, from whence proceed evil

19 thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies, &c. From thence Jesus went into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, where a woman of Canaan solicited hirn,

to tp heal her daughter, who-was grievously afflicted chapter Verf» with a devil, and he giving her no answer, his disciples besought him to send her away, as she cried after them. They were answered—' I am *v. 24 'not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of * Israel.' Upon which the woman worshipped him, and again solicited his assistance. He then said to her—' It is not meet to take the childrens *6

'bread, and to cast it to dogs.' She still intreated, and he, observing the greatness of her faith, granted her request. Jesus departed from thence, and went up into a mountain near the sea of Galilee. Where he healed the maimed, the lame, the blind, and the dumb, who were brought to him by the multitude, who glorisied }*

the God of Israel upon seeing these miraculous cures. Here Jesus again feedeth the multitude (about 4000 men, besides women and children) who had fasted three days: with seven loaves and a few little fish. The fragments of which filled seven baskets. It is remarkable that when Jesus expressed his concern for the fasting multitude, and his desire to relieve them, his disciples ask him—Whence should we have so much bread in 35

the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? Could they so soon forget the feeding 5000 men, with five loaves and two fish? Did they doubt it, or, did they think his power exhausted? Mark, as usual, gives us nearly the fame account; but neither Luke or John mention this second mira

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