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John 6 Bible Study
John 6:11-13 Twelve Baskets
John 6:14-17 The Prophet
John 6:18-21 Do Not Be Afraid

John 6:22-25 Seeking Jesus

John 6:26-29 Work of God
John 6:30-34 Bread From Heaven
John 6:35-71 I Am the Bread of Life
JOHN 6:22-25  22 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone - 23 however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks - 24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”

Where were the people "standing" (John 6:22)?
Most like  on the west-northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee, just down hill from where they had been fed miraculously the day before. Tiberias, which was "near the place where they ate bread" (John 6:23) would have been to the south, and Capernaum and Bethsaida, the two fishing towns on the northern tip of the Sea would have been "on the other side" (John 6:25) to the northeast.

Why were the people standing there?
When Jesus went away to pray by Himself, instead of dispersing, at least some of them had followed the disciples to the sea shore, thinking that since rabbis never went anywhere without their disciples, Jesus would return for them, at which point they could crown Him king. Had the disciples waited for Jesus' return and tried to leave in the boat with Jesus aboard, the people would have tried to "take Him by force to make Him king" (John 6:15), which most likely would have led to commotion if not violence between them and His disciples. When the disciples left in the boat by themselves, the people let them go and had focused on keeping an eye out for Jesus returning from the mountain, as they were sure that He "had not entered the boat with His disciples" (John 6:22). By letting the disciples go first in the boat and then walking out to them in the middle of the night (see "Do not be afraid"), Jesus had thwarted their plan for forced coronation without the commotion.

Why did the "other boats" come "from Tiberias" (John 6:23)?
The word about the miraculous feeding had spread to the city.

What did the people do then?
They put two and two together, took those boats and "came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus," (John 6:24) asking Him upon finding Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?" (John 6:25)

Why would they be less likely to try to take Him by force in Capernaum?
Those transported by boat were most likely a small proportion of the thousands from the day before, and they may have been less prone to aggressive behavior in Jesus' base town.

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