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Chapter Verse faid unto them I am the bread of life: he that John vi. 35 cometh to me, shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me, shall never thirst. But I said unto you, that ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from Heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me: that of all which he hath given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him ; may have everlasting life : and I will raise him up at the last day. Such a studied ambiguity appears to run through the whole of this interesting discourse, that we are not at all, surprised at the event. The Jews then

41 murmured at him, because he said I am the

bread which came down from Heaven.' And they said, Is not this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he faith_' I came down from Heaven?' Jesus therefore answered, and said unto them. Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me, draw him : and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets : ' and they ' shall be all taught of God.' Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Fa

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John vi. 46 ther, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath

seen the Father, fave he which is of God, he 47 hath seen the Father. Verily I say unto you, he

that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am 48 that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna 49 in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the

bread which cometh down from Heaven, that a si man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the li.

ving bread, which came down from Heaven : if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give you, is my fileshi, which I will give for the life of the world. All this was unsatisfactory, it could not convince, because it was not understood : and we find

The Jews therefore strove amongst themselves, 52 saying—How can this man give us his flesh to eat ? 53 Then Jesus saith unto them, Verily, verily I say

unto you, except ye eat the 'flesh of the Son of

Man, and drink his blood, ye have no life 54 in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh

my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him 55 up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, 56 and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth

my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in 57 me, and I in him. As the living Father hath

sent me, and I live by the Father : so he that 58 eateth ine, even he shall live by me. This is that

bread which came down from Heaven : not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead : he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. I

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know not how to account for this ambiguous, Chapter Verse unintelligible, and to the chief part of his audience it must appear, absurd, discourse. Was it to try how far faith could prevail against reason? We cannot suppose many of thein were -learned men; but we may suppose most of them. had common sense. Offended by his attack up. on this quarter, and not being drawn to him by the Father, even some of his disciples faidThis is an hard saying, who can hear it ? Instead John vi. 60 of reconciling them, by an explanation suited to their understanding; he drives them to extremities, by saying-Doth this offend you? What, and if ye shall see the Son of Man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing : the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you (not a few I apprehend) that believe not: therefore said I unto you, that no man can come to me, except it were given unto him of my Father. And we are not surprised when we read~ From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked

no more with him.' Alarmed at this defection, and notwithstanding, Jesus knew from the beginning, who they were that believed not, (vide v.64.) he said to the twelve- Will ye also go • away? Peter, whose faith never failed him, but in cases of danger, replied Lord, to whom shall " we go? thou haft the words of eternal life :

Chapter Verre and we believe, and are fure that thou art that Jobn vi. 69 - Christ, the Son of the living God.' To this

70 courteous answer, Jesus replied “Have I not

chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil. · This (John tells us) was meant of Judas, that 71 should betray him. Not deriving that informa

tion from this scene (exhibited in the fynagogue at Capernaum, which we might reasonably have hoped, we will return to Matthew's history. In his 15th chapter he informs us that the Scribe's and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, dcmanded of Jesus, why his disciples transgressed the tradition of the elders, by oinitting to wash

their hands when they eat bread. Upon which he av. 7 exposes their hypocrisy, and adds-Well did

8 Efaias prophecy of you saying-This people draw

nigh unto me with their mouth, and honour me

with their lips ; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain do they worship me, teaching for ni doctrines the commandments of men. He tells

the multitude, that it is not what entereth the

mouth defileth the man, but what cometh out of 15 the mouth. His disciples, not understanding

this, request an explanation, and he informs . them, that what comes out of the mouth is sent

from the heart, from whence proceed evil 19 thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications,

thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies, &c. From thence Jesus went into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, where a woman of Canaan solicited him

to heal her daughter, who was grievously afflicted Chapter Verfę with a devil, and he giving her no answer, his disciples besought him to send her away, as she cried after them. They were answered – I am xv. 2.

not sent but to the loft sheep of the house of ' Ifrael. Upon which the woman worshipped him, and again solicited his assistance. He then said to her—' It is not meet to take the childrens 26

bread, and to cast it to dogs.' She still intreated, and he, observing the greatness of her faith, granted her request. Jesus departed from thence, and went up into a mountain near the sea of Galilee. Where he healed the naimed, the lame, the blind, and the dumb, who were brought to him by the multitude, who glorified 31 the God of Israel upon seeing these miraculous cures. Here Jesus again feedeth the multitude (about 4000 men, besides women and children) who had fasted three days : with seven loaves and a few little fish. The fragments of which filled seven baskets. It is remarkable that when Jesus expressed his concern for the fasting multitude, and his desire to relieve them, his disciples alk him-Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill fo great a multitude ? Could they so soon forget the feeding 5000 men, with five loaves and two filh Did they doubt it, or, did they think his power exhausted ? Mark, as usual, gives us nearly the same account; but peither Luke or John mention this second miraG 3

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