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"They saw Jesus walking on the sea... and they were terrified "
Ninth Sunday after Penetcost
Feeding the Five Thousand
John 6:1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.
Jesus Walks on the Sea
John 6:15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
[John 6:1] (vv. 1-21) The fourth and fifth sign-miracles are located in this chapter. They are the feeding of the 5,000 and the walking on water.
[John 6:3] The reference to "mountain" is to the high ground that rises abruptly, east of the Lake of Galilee. The area is known as the Golan Heights today.
[John 6:4] This is the second of three Passovers mentioned by John (cf. 2:13, 23). The time was appropriate for the sign-miracle of feeding and the Bread of Life Discourse which follows.
[John 6:7] Two hundred denarii is approximately two-thirds of a man's yearly wages (Matt. 20:2), and yet it would be insufficient to feed 5,000 men plus the women and children.
[John 6:13] The twelve baskets of leftover food may have been an indication to the twelve disciples, or tribes of Israel, that there was also enough spiritual food to satisfy them.
[John 6:10] At this point the boat was a little more than halfway across the lake. In spite of their close relationship to the Son of God, the disciples still reveal spiritual immaturity and insensitivity to the presence of God in their midst. Christ would remind them and us that in the storms of life, such as this one and those that lie ahead, we should "not be afraid" (v. 20), but rather "believe" (v. 30) in Him who feeds the multitudes, walks on the water, and calms the sea.
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