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Why Did Jesus Walk on the Water?

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Why Did Jesus Walk on the Water?
John 6:16-21 Introduction: The Israelites are living in the promise land but are suppressed under Roman Law. It is the time of their great celebration, the Passover, and Jesus fed over five thousand people. They are at the point of wanting to take Jesus by force to make Him king. But, because it was not His time to be made King, He withdrew to the mountain to be alone. He is not the King of this world but of the kingdom that is to come.
The children of Israel were freed from the bondage of Egypt through Moses and now are desiring to be freed again from Roman rule. Moses is seen as a unique and marvelous picture of Jesus in many ways. In his final speeches to the Israelite people, he gives a Messianic prophecy saying to them: “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him” (Deuteronomy 18:15).
John 6:16 says that when evening came, the disciples went down to the sea, to cross ov…

More Than Bread and Fish

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More Than Bread and Fish John 6:1-21
The historical setting of John Chapter 6 is during the time of the Passover. The Passover is the remembrance and celebration of the deliverance of the Jews from the bondage of slavery under Egyptian rule through Moses (Exodus 12).
This is a crucial time in the lives of the Jews and John wants the reader to understand the atmosphere and mood of the people. The crowds are huge during this time and much excitement fills the air. It would be somewhat like our 4th of July celebration with fireworks, flag waving, picnics, and patriotic music. The Israelites, being under Roman Law, are again waiting for deliverance through the One prophesied to come.
An important passage to note is John 5:46 where Jesus says, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.” John is trying to link Moses and Jesus together as the story of John 6 unfolds.The Jews knew the story of Moses and the exodus of their forefathers from Egypt. Jesus, being God, knew …

Moses, an Old Testament Picture of Jesus

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Moses, an Old Testament Picture of Jesus Deuteronomy 18:15  The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen.
There are a number of ways in which Moses was an Old Testament picture of Jesus. Moses, with great power, led the children of Israel out of Egypt and out of physical bondage. Moses stood before Pharaoh and said, “Let my people go” (Exodus 5:21). Jesus, with greater power, leads people out of spiritual oppression and slavery to sin.  Jesus came “to proclaim liberty to the captives. . . to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18).
Several of the miracles of Moses is like Jesus’ miracles, most notably, the provision of bread in the wilderness which was called, Manna (Exodus 16:32-35). This miracle is comparable to Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-13). “When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, ‘This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!’” (John 6:14).
Moses was like Jesus in that h…

Where is Thy God?

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Where is Thy God? Despondency and Depression are Tumultuous Emotions
Psalm 42:1-3 KJV
As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?  My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?  
There is a conflict that runs between our faith (spiritual realities) and sight (our human emotions). As we read Psalm 42, notice the psalmist struggling with some depression and the feelings of isolation from God. These emotions may have come from an absence of fellowship or discouragement from other believers, or by relentless unbelievers. Whatever the cause, these sentiments are real and recorded for our benefit. 
Some have assigned David to this psalm with his heart longing for the worship he knew in Jerusalem. He has left his home, the throne on which he ruled and now is fleeing from his son, Absalom, in great despair. Eating not…