The Prophet

The prophet like Moses

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JOHN 6 BIBLE STUDY
11-13 Twelve Baskets

14-17 The Prophet

18-21 Do Not Be Afraid
22-25 Seeking Jesus
26-29 Work of God
30-34 Bread From Heaven
35-71 I Am the Bread of Life
JOHN 6:14  14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

What did the crowd call Jesus after being fed?
"Prophet" (John 6:14).

Just any old prophet?
"the Prophet who is to come into the world." (John 6:14)

Why "the" Prophet?
They were referring to a specific prophet - the one Moses had said would be like him: “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear..." (Deuteronomy 18:15)

Why would they consider Jesus to be a "Prophet like" Moses?
The last time a multitude of Jews were fed miraculously was during Moses' time: "And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt. Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For ye have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening ye shall know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt. And in the morning ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for He hears your complaints against the LORD. But what are we, that ye complain against us?” Also Moses said, “This shall be seen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the LORD hears your complaints which ye make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the LORD.” Then Moses spoke to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, ‘Come near before the LORD, for He has heard your complaints.’” Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight ye shall eat meat, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread. And ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.’” So it was that quails came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat." (Exodus 16:1-15)

What had Moses done with the Israelites?
God had used him to free the Jews from the bondage under the Egyptians.

JOHN 6:15-17  15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone. 16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them.

What did the crowd around Jesus want to do after the feeding miracle?
"Take Him by force and make him King." (John 6:15)

So that He can do what for them?
Free them from the bondage under the Romans, as they had been freed from the bondage under the Egyptians.

Is that why Jesus had come?
No.

Why had Jesus come?
To free us from sin and hell.

Where did the disciples go the evening of the feeding miracle?
They "got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum." (John 6:17)

Did Jesus go with them?
No.

Why would the disciples leave their rabbi behind?
We will see below.

Where did Jesus go?
"to the mountain by Himself alone." (John 6:15)

Why?
He wanted to pray: "And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray." (Mark 6:46)

Why might He have wanted to pray upon perceiving that they wanted to make Him king?
If He were to become king and free Israel from Roman bondage, He would be able to avoid crucifixion, so He may have felt tempted: "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:14-15)

How does prayer help against temptation?
"the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations" (2 Peter 2:9).

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