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Thoughts on Deut. 32:47 and John 6:63

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

04/19/2015

 

  While studying Deut. 32:47, I read Moses’ instruction to Israel regarding God’s Law. 47 “ For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life…….” The BSF question was to compare this verse with John 6:63 The setting was that Israel was about to cross the Jordan into the promised land and Moses was telling them to observe the Law that this word you will prolong your days in the land, which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.” I believe these words were with regard to the flesh since the stated reward was to prolong your days in the land, which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess, a physical reward. Comparing this God breathed scripture with John 6:63 reveals some interesting differences. Jesus was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. His message was speaking of Himself: “This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.”  6:51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh. Here Jesus asserts a purely spiritual message because His bodily flesh and blood are clearly physical. The living bread that came out of Heaven is clearly spiritual! The eating of this bread is clearly spiritual as is salvation (live forever) the reward. The Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” They were clearly thinking in physical terms. 6:53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. Here Jesus is speaking in the spiritual context. 54 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. The spiritual act of eating His body and drinking His blood leads to eternal life, a spiritual reward since nothing physical is eternal. 55 For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.  ‘True food’ and ‘true blood’ can have only one context and that is the spiritual perfection of the perfect God. There can be no truth in anything physical (flesh) because of the corruption of the flesh. “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal 6:8) John 6:56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me (spiritually), he also will live (spiritually) because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate (manna) and died; he who eats this bread will live forever(spiritually) .” 60“Many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” In the flesh, they could not understand spiritual things. 61 But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? 62 What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? That is, if you have trouble understanding this, how will you understand the amazing ascension of Christ into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father which some of them will shortly see with their physical eyes!. Jesus sums it up perfectly: 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.   Jesus goes on to state profound doctrine: 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.”  65 And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father. He knows all things, the beginning from the end (Is 46:10). He knew Judas would betray Him because he did not believe. He was made to betray Jesus just as Pharaoh was made to demonstrate His power. (Rom 9:17) Jesus knew this from the foundation of the world, that is, before time began. God gave Him His own and He shall not lose one. Belief is a work of God (John 6:29) and only those called by God can come to Him. No one can come to the Father except by the Son. (John 6:44).   Deut.32:47 on the surface appears to be some wise counsel from the wise patriarch Moses, but on closer examination, like all of Scripture, it is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. (2 Tim 3:16)     PAC