Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

God knows what rejection feels like because it happened to Him! An entire nation chose an earthly king over the privilege of having its government rest upon the shoulders of almighty God. Even in the New Testament, many who followed Jesus did so only for what He gave them to eat (John 6:34). They rejected His identity but wanted whatever benefits they could receive from Him. How that must have hurt Him! To be generous, loving, and giving to people and then be passed over as they choose someone else hurts deeply. The more love and resources we have given, the more it hurts.

Why would anyone embrace a human source and reject God? Jesus told those following Him, "I am the bread of life" (John 6:35). He is our source of acceptance and satisfaction forever. He knows exactly how it feels to be rejected. After a lifetime of love and giving, He was "despised and rejected" (Isaiah 53:3 KJV). When He was on the cross, the crowds mocked Him and turned their backs on Him.

Have you been rejected? Jesus knows the feeling of your infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). Run to Him and let His nail-pierced hands embrace you in perfect acceptance.

1 Samuel 8:1-9:27

Israel Asks for a King

When Samuel grew old, he appointedDt 16:18-19 his sons as Israel’s leaders.Traditionally judgesThe name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah,1Ch 6:28 and they served at Beersheba.Ge 22:19; 1Ki 19:3; Am 5:4-5But his sons1Sa 2:12 did not follow his ways. They turned asideNe 9:29; Job 34:27; Ps 14:3; 58:3; Isa 53:6 after dishonest gain and accepted bribesEx 23:8; 1Sa 12:3; Job 8:22; Pr 17:23 and pervertedS Ex 23:2 justice.

So all the eldersS Jdg 11:11; 1Sa 11:3 of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.S 1Sa 7:17They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a kingver 19; S Dt 17:14-20; 1Sa 10:19; 12:12, 13; Hos 13:11 to leadTraditionally judge; also in verses 6 and 201Sa 3:20; 12:2 us, such as all the other nationsver 20 have.”

But when they said, “Give us a kingHos 13:10 to lead us,” this displeased1Sa 12:17; 15:11; 16:1 Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.And the Lord told him: “Listenver 22; 1Sa 12:1 to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected,S Nu 11:20 but they have rejected me as their king.S Ex 16:8As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking1Sa 12:10; 2Ki 21:22; Jer 2:17 me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them knowver 11-18; S Dt 17:14-20; 1Sa 10:25 what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”

10 Samuel toldS Ex 19:7 all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king.11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take1Sa 14:52 your sons and make them serveS Ge 41:46 with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.S Dt 17:16; 2Sa 15:1; 1Ki 1:5; 2Ch 1:14; 9:25; SS 3:712 Some he will assign to be commandersS Dt 1:15 of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.14 He will take the best of yourEze 46:18 fields and vineyards1Ki 21:7, 15; Mic 2:2 and olive groves and give them to his attendants.2Ki 22:1215 He will take a tenthS Ge 41:34; 1Sa 17:25 of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattleSeptuagint; Hebrew young men and donkeys he will take for his own use.17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer1Sa 28:6; Job 27:9; 35:12, 13; Ps 18:41; 66:18; Pr 1:28; Isa 1:15; 58:4; 59:2; Jer 14:12; Eze 8:18; Mic 3:4 you in that day.1Sa 10:25; 1Ki 12:4

19 But the people refusedPr 1:24; Isa 50:2; 66:4; Jer 7:13; 8:12; 13:10; 44:16 to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We wantAc 13:21 a kingS ver 5 over us.20 Then we will be like all the other nations,S ver 5 with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”

21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeatedS Jdg 11:11 it before the Lord.22 The Lord answered, “ListenS ver 7 to them and give them a king.”

Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.”

Samuel Anoints Saul

There was a Benjamite,Jos 18:11-20 a man of standing,S Ru 2:1 whose name was Kish1Sa 14:51; 1Ch 8:33; 9:39; Est 2:5; Ac 13:21 son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin.Kish had a son named Saul, as handsomeS Ge 39:6 a young man as could be found1Sa 10:24 anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller1Sa 10:23 than anyone else.

Now the donkeysver 20; 1Sa 10:14, 16 belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys.”So he passed through the hillS Jos 24:33 country of Ephraim and through the area around Shalisha,2Ki 4:42 but they did not find them. They went on into the district of Shaalim, but the donkeys1Sa 10:2 were not there. Then he passed through the territory of Benjamin, but they did not find them.

When they reached the district of Zuph,1Sa 1:1 Saul said to the servant who was with him, “Come, let’s go back, or my father will stop thinking about the donkeys and start worrying1Sa 10:2 about us.”

But the servant replied, “Look, in this town there is a man of God;S Dt 33:1; S Jdg 13:6 he is highly respected, and everything1Sa 3:19 he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.”

Saul said to his servant, “If we go, what can we give the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no giftS Ge 32:20; 1Ki 13:7; 14:3; 2Ki 4:42; 5:5, 15; Jer 40:5 to take to the man of God. What do we have?”

The servant answered him again. “Look,” he said, “I have a quarter of a shekelThat is, about 1/10 ounce or about 3 grams of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take.”(Formerly in Israel, if someone went to inquireS Ge 25:22 of God, they would say, “Come, let us go to the seer,” because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)2Sa 15:27; 24:11; 2Ki 17:13; 1Ch 9:22; 21:9; 26:28; 29:29; 2Ch 19:2; Isa 29:10; 30:10; Am 7:12

10 “Good,” Saul said to his servant. “Come, let’s go.” So they set out for the town where the man of God was.

11 As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to drawS Ge 24:11, 13 water, and they asked them, “Is the seer here?”

12 “He is,” they answered. “He’s ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our town today, for the people have a sacrificeNu 28:11-15; S 1Sa 7:17 at the high place.S Lev 26:3013 As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must blessS Mt 14:19; 1Co 10:16; 1Ti 4:3-5 the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat. Go up now; you should find him about this time.”

14 They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.

15 Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel:16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. AnointEx 30:25; S 1Sa 2:35; 12:3; 15:1; 26:9; 2Ki 11:12; Ps 2:2 him ruler2Sa 7:8; 1Ki 8:16; 1Ch 5:2 over my people Israel; he will deliverEx 3:7-9 them from the hand of the Philistines.1Sa 23:4; 2Sa 3:18 I have looked on my people, for their cryS Ge 16:11; Ps 102:1 has reached me.”

17 When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This1Sa 16:12 is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”

18 Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”

19 “I am the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart.20 As for the donkeysS ver 3 you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire1Sa 12:13; Ezr 6:8; Isa 60:4-9; Da 2:44; Hag 2:7; Mal 3:1 of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?”

21 Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribePs 68:27 of Israel, and is not my clan the leastS Ex 3:11; Mt 2:6; 1Co 15:9 of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin?Jdg 6:15; 20:35, 46; 1Sa 18:18 Why do you say such a thing to me?”

22 Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and seated them at the head of those who were invited—about thirty in number.23 Samuel said to the cook, “Bring the piece of meat I gave you, the one I told you to lay aside.”

24 So the cook took up the thighS Lev 7:32-34 with what was on it and set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, “Here is what has been kept for you. Eat, because it was set aside for you for this occasion from the time I said, ‘I have invited guests.’” And Saul dined with Samuel that day.

25 After they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel talked with Saul on the roofS Dt 22:8; S Jos 2:8; S Mt 24:17; Lk 5:19 of his house.26 They rose about daybreak, and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get ready, and I will send you on your way.” When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together.27 As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—“but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.”

Israel Requests a King

As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel.Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba.But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.

Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel.“Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”

Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance.“Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer.Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment.Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.”

Samuel Warns against a Kingdom

10 So Samuel passed on the Lord’s warning to the people who were asking him for a king.11 “This is how a king will reign over you,” Samuel said. “The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots.12 Some will be generals and captains in his army,Hebrew commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties. some will be forced to plow in his fields and harvest his crops, and some will make his weapons and chariot equipment.13 The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him.14 He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his own officials.15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your grape harvest and distribute it among his officers and attendants.16 He will take your male and female slaves and demand the finest of your cattleAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads young men. and donkeys for his own use.17 He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves.18 When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the Lord will not help you.”

19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said.20 “We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”

21 So Samuel repeated to the Lord what the people had said,22 and the Lord replied, “Do as they say, and give them a king.” Then Samuel agreed and sent the people home.

Saul Meets Samuel

There was a wealthy, influential man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin.His son Saul was the most handsome man in Israel—head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land.

One day Kish’s donkeys strayed away, and he told Saul, “Take a servant with you, and go look for the donkeys.”So Saul took one of the servants and traveled through the hill country of Ephraim, the land of Shalishah, the Shaalim area, and the entire land of Benjamin, but they couldn’t find the donkeys anywhere.

Finally, they entered the region of Zuph, and Saul said to his servant, “Let’s go home. By now my father will be more worried about us than about the donkeys!”

But the servant said, “I’ve just thought of something! There is a man of God who lives here in this town. He is held in high honor by all the people because everything he says comes true. Let’s go find him. Perhaps he can tell us which way to go.”

“But we don’t have anything to offer him,” Saul replied. “Even our food is gone, and we don’t have a thing to give him.”

“Well,” the servant said, “I have one small silver piece.Hebrew 1⁄4 shekel of silver, about 0.1 ounces or 3 grams in weight. We can at least offer it to the man of God and see what happens!”(In those days if people wanted a message from God, they would say, “Let’s go and ask the seer,” for prophets used to be called seers.)

10 “All right,” Saul agreed, “let’s try it!” So they started into the town where the man of God lived.

11 As they were climbing the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water. So Saul and his servant asked, “Is the seer here today?”

12 “Yes,” they replied. “Stay right on this road. He is at the town gates. He has just arrived to take part in a public sacrifice up at the place of worship.13 Hurry and catch him before he goes up there to eat. The guests won’t begin eating until he arrives to bless the food.”

14 So they entered the town, and as they passed through the gates, Samuel was coming out toward them to go up to the place of worship.

15 Now the Lord had told Samuel the previous day,16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him to be the leader of my people, Israel. He will rescue them from the Philistines, for I have looked down on my people in mercy and have heard their cry.”

17 When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said, “That’s the man I told you about! He will rule my people.”

18 Just then Saul approached Samuel at the gateway and asked, “Can you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”

19 “I am the seer!” Samuel replied. “Go up to the place of worship ahead of me. We will eat there together, and in the morning I’ll tell you what you want to know and send you on your way.20 And don’t worry about those donkeys that were lost three days ago, for they have been found. And I am here to tell you that you and your family are the focus of all Israel’s hopes.”

21 Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?”

22 Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and placed them at the head of the table, honoring them above the thirty special guests.23 Samuel then instructed the cook to bring Saul the finest cut of meat, the piece that had been set aside for the guest of honor.24 So the cook brought in the meat and placed it before Saul. “Go ahead and eat it,” Samuel said. “I was saving it for you even before I invited these others!” So Saul ate with Samuel that day.

25 When they came down from the place of worship and returned to town, Samuel took Saul up to the roof of the house and prepared a bed for him there.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads and talked with him there.26 At daybreak the next morning, Samuel called to Saul, “Get up! It’s time you were on your way.” So Saul got ready, and he and Samuel left the house together.27 When they reached the edge of town, Samuel told Saul to send his servant on ahead. After the servant was gone, Samuel said, “Stay here, for I have received a special message for you from God.”

And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.

Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.

And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.

And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.

Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

10 And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.

11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.

12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.

13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.

14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.

15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.

17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.

19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;

20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord.

22 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.

And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.

And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.

And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not.

And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us.

And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what have we?

And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.

(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)

10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went unto the city where the man of God was.

11 And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here?

12 And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place:

13 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.

14 And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place.

15 Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,

16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.

17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.

18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.

19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.

20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?

21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?

22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.

23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.

24 And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.

25 And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

26 And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.

27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

John 6:22-42

22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lakever 2 realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.ver 15-2123 Then some boats from Tiberiasver 1 landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.ver 1124 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

Jesus the Bread of Life

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi,S Mt 23:7 when did you get here?”

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me,ver 24 not because you saw the signsver 30; S Jn 2:11 I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that enduresIsa 55:2 to eternal life,ver 54; S Mt 25:46 which the Son of ManS Mt 8:20 will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his sealRo 4:11; 1Co 9:2; 2Co 1:22; Eph 1:13; 4:30; 2Ti 2:19; Rev 7:3 of approval.”

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe1Jn 3:23 in the one he has sent.”S Jn 3:17

30 So they asked him, “What signS Jn 2:11 then will you give that we may see it and believe you?S Mt 12:38 What will you do?31 Our ancestors ate the mannaNu 11:7-9 in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’Exodus 16:4; Neh. 9:15; Psalm 78:24,25Ex 16:4, 15; Ne 9:15; Ps 78:24; 105:40

32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heavenver 50; Jn 3:13, 31 and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”Jn 4:15

35 Then Jesus declared, “I amEx 3:14; Jn 8:12; 10:7, 11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1 the bread of life.ver 48, 51 Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believesS Jn 3:15 in me will never be thirsty.Jn 4:1436 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.37 All those the Father gives mever 39; Jn 17:2, 6, 9, 24 will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.38 For I have come down from heavenJn 3:13, 31 not to do my will but to do the willS Mt 26:39 of him who sent me.S Jn 3:1739 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me,Isa 27:3; Jer 23:4; Jn 10:28; 17:12; 18:9 but raise them up at the last day.ver 40, 44, 5440 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the SonJn 12:45 and believes in him shall have eternal life,S Mt 25:46 and I will raise them up at the last day.”

41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph,Lk 4:22 whose father and mother we know?Jn 7:27, 28 How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”ver 38, 62

Jesus, the Bread of Life

22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them.23 Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten.24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him.25 They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs.27 But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”

28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”

29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

30 They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do?31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’Exod 16:4; Ps 78:24.

32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven.33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”

35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me.37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day.40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”

41 Then the peopleGreek Jewish people; also in 6:52. began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”42 They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know his father and mother. How can he say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;

23 (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)

24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.

25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?

31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

40 And this is the will of him 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.

41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.

42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?

Psalm 106:32-48

32 By the waters of MeribahS Ex 17:7; Nu 20:2-13 they angered the Lord,

and trouble came to Moses because of them;

33 for they rebelledS Ex 23:21; Ps 107:11 against the SpiritS Ps 51:11; Isa 63:10 of God,

and rash words came from Moses’ lips.Or against his spirit, / and rash words came from his lipsEx 17:4-7; Nu 20:8-12

34 They did not destroyS Jos 9:15; Jdg 1:27-36 the peoples

as the Lord had commandedEx 23:24; S Dt 2:34; 7:16; 20:17 them,

35 but they mingledJdg 3:5-6; Ezr 9:1-2 with the nations

and adopted their customs.

36 They worshiped their idols,S Dt 7:16

which became a snareS Ex 10:7 to them.

37 They sacrificed their sonsS Lev 18:21; S Dt 12:31; Eze 16:20-21

and their daughters to false gods.S Ex 22:20; S Dt 32:17; 1Co 10:20

38 They shed innocent blood,

the blood of their sonsS Lev 18:21; S Dt 18:10; S 2Ki 3:27 and daughters,

whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,

and the land was desecrated by their blood.

39 They defiled themselvesS Ge 3:17; Lev 18:24; Eze 20:18 by what they did;

by their deeds they prostitutedS Nu 15:39 themselves.

40 Therefore the Lord was angryS Lev 26:28 with his people

and abhorred his inheritance.S Ex 34:9; S Dt 9:29

41 He gave them into the handsS Jdg 2:14 of the nations,

and their foes ruled over them.

42 Their enemies oppressedS Jdg 4:3 them

and subjected them to their power.

43 Many times he delivered them,S Jos 10:14; Jdg 7:1-25; S Ne 9:28; Ps 81:13-14

but they were bent on rebellionS Jdg 2:16-19; 6:1-7

and they wasted away in their sin.

44 Yet he took note of their distress

when he heard their cry;S Jdg 3:9

45 for their sake he remembered his covenantS Ge 9:15; Ps 105:8; S Lk 1:72

and out of his great loveS Ps 17:7; S 103:11 he relented.S Ex 32:14

46 He caused all who held them captive

to show them mercy.S Ex 3:21; S 1Ki 8:50

47 Save us,S Ps 28:9 Lord our God,

and gather usPs 107:3; 147:2; Isa 11:12; 27:13; 56:8; 66:20; Jer 31:8; Eze 20:34; Mic 4:6 from the nations,

that we may give thanksPs 105:1 to your holy namePs 30:4; S 99:3

and glory in your praise.

48 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

Let all the people say, “Amen!”S Ps 41:13; S 72:19

Praise the Lord.

32 At Meribah, too, they angered the Lord,

causing Moses serious trouble.

33 They made Moses angry,Hebrew They embittered his spirit.

and he spoke foolishly.

34 Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land,

as the Lord had commanded them.

35 Instead, they mingled among the pagans

and adopted their evil customs.

36 They worshiped their idols,

which led to their downfall.

37 They even sacrificed their sons

and their daughters to the demons.

38 They shed innocent blood,

the blood of their sons and daughters.

By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan,

they polluted the land with murder.

39 They defiled themselves by their evil deeds,

and their love of idols was adultery in the Lord’s sight.

40 That is why the Lord’s anger burned against his people,

and he abhorred his own special possession.

41 He handed them over to pagan nations,

and they were ruled by those who hated them.

42 Their enemies crushed them

and brought them under their cruel power.

43 Again and again he rescued them,

but they chose to rebel against him,

and they were finally destroyed by their sin.

44 Even so, he pitied them in their distress

and listened to their cries.

45 He remembered his covenant with them

and relented because of his unfailing love.

46 He even caused their captors

to treat them with kindness.

47 Save us, O Lord our God!

Gather us back from among the nations,

so we can thank your holy name

and rejoice and praise you.

48 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,

who lives from everlasting to everlasting!

Let all the people say, “Amen!”

Praise the Lord!

32 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:

33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.

34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them:

35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.

36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.

37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,

38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.

39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.

40 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.

41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.

42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.

43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.

44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.

46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.

47 Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.

48 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord.

Proverbs 14:34-35

34 Righteousness exalts a nation,Pr 11:11

but sin condemns any people.

35 A king delights in a wise servant,

but a shameful servant arouses his fury.S Est 8:2; Mt 24:45-51; 25:14-30

34 Godliness makes a nation great,

but sin is a disgrace to any people.

35 A king rejoices in wise servants

but is angry with those who disgrace him.

34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

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