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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Chanukah in John Pt.6 - The Fourth Light

Some people, Jews included do not believe that a miracle of provision took place at the re-dedication of the Temple. The Old Testament has plenty of examples of such miracles. Two that are particularly relevant to the fourth light are the manna from heaven in the desert and Elijah's provision of oil for the Widow of Zarephath. ( 1 Kings 17:7-16) Notice that here there is both flour (bread) and oil.

God through Moses has provided manna in the desert and through Elijah both flour and oil

In John 6, Jesus provides bread and fish, but then talks of Moses, of eating flesh and drinking blood ( Communion bread and wine) and finally of the spirit.

Eventually, Jesus questions the twelve and Peter declares ,"...you are the Holy One of God." This is the Fourth light and we are beginning to see dissent, even among those who have followed Jesus.

 Even the Enemy recognises and hates all the symbols of light.

Perhaps the greatest shock is that Jesus says that one of His own is a devil.It is so easy to live in the presence of goodness and yet to choose evil.

Copyright G.I. Goodson 2013

ESV John 6:60 - 71.

The Words of Eternal Life ESV

60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offence at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” 71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.

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