This week, we continue with the "Bread of Life Discourses" in John 6, where we find the breaking point for many within the crowd. For these people, Jesus has finally gone too far, and their understandings of the Jewish faith, Jewish laws, and the promised Messiah prevent them from following Jesus. It's worth exploring why they felt this way and what Jesus' invitation meant in that context.
We also get an invitation from "Wisdom," a separate invitation from the psalmist (King David?) in Psalm 34, and some advice for Christian living.
What do you see within these passages? What questions do you still have? I invite you to share those insights and questions with me using the comment section below!
Proverbs 9:1 - 6
1Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn her seven pillars.
2She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
3She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
from the highest places in the town,
4“You that are simple, turn in here!”
To those without sense she says,
5“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
- This invitation from Wisdom in Proverbs 9:1 – 6 is contrasted with the invitation from the “foolish woman” in Proverbs 9:13 – 18. Wisdom invites us to eat her bread and drink her wine; the foolish woman invites us to eat bread and drink wine that she has stolen from someone else. Wisdom invites us to walk in the way of insight; the foolish woman invites us to walk a different path, one that leads to “Sheol,” the Hebrew place of the dead.
- The early church made a connection between Wisdom and Jesus, reading Wisdom as a prefigurement of Jesus.
52The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”