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JOHN 6 BIBLE STUDY
John 6:14 Prophet Like Moses

John 6:15-19 Jesus King

John 6:20-21 Do Not Be Afraid
John 6:22-25 Seeking Jesus
JOHN 6:15  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.

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

Make Jesus king so that He can do what for them?
Lead a rebellion and free them from bondage under Roman rule, as their ancestors had been freed from the bondage under the Egyptians.

Had the Creator of the universe come to earth to free Jews politically?
 

Why had Jesus come?
To free sinners from sin and divert us from hell to heaven.

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 when they tried to make Him king?
If Jesus 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).

JOHN 6:16-17  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.

Where did the disciples go on 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?
See the next two pages.

JOHN 6:18-19  18 Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. 19 So when they had rowed about twenty-five or thirty stadia, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened.

How far is "twenty-five or thirty stadia" (John 6:19)?
One stadion (singular of stadia) = the length of a sports stadium at the time = 600 Greek feet. The average size of a person's foot varied in different regions of the Greek world, so the length of one Greek foot was debated but generally around 30 centimeters. So, 1 stadion = 600 Greek feet = 600 x 0.3 meters = 180 meters, and 25 stadia = 25 x 180 meters = 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles), while 30 stadia = 30 x 180 meters = 5.4 kilometers (3.4 miles). Therefore, they had rowed between 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) and 5.4 kilometers (3.4 miles).

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