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September 28 - Evening

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you...”

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
- John 6:26-29

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The "Work" God requires is to Believe    

The simplicity of the concept presented in these verses must be stated first, so that it is not lost, complicated, confused or combined with other information during study or teaching.

Here is the religion of the Lord in its simplest and purist form: To believe God is to be in right standing with God.

This principle goes back to Genesis when, “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. “(Genesis 15:6) This verse is quoted by Paul in Romans 4:3 and Galatians 3:6 and by James in James 2:23. James sums up his quote from Genesis 15:6 this way:

" ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,’ and he was called God's friend.” – James 2:23

Trusting God is the doorway to God. Believing the Lord’s promise is fellowship with God.  In John 6: 28, 29 when the people ask, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”  Jesus answers, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Earlier in John 6 Jesus had fed 5,000 Jews by multiplying bread and fish. The next day the people looked for and found Jesus on the other side of the Sea of Galilee. But, they did not understand nor did they ask for the meaning of the sign. They assumed he was the Prophet who was to come in fulfillment of Moses’ words in Deuteronomy 18:15 and (according to John 6:14-15) they wanted to make Jesus king. The Jews must have figured that with a king who could multiply food and heal the sick like Jesus did they could have the world’s best welfare/health care program once the Romans were defeated!

In response to this attitude Jesus said something to this effect, “You are looking for me, not because you understood the meaning of the sign of me multiplying bread. I gave you natural food for your natural life. And, so you are looking for me because you want breakfast, too. You simply want more natural food. Instead, you should be asking, “What kind of man is he?” Because, I am the bread of life.”

The people still did not understand the meaning of the sign of the multiplied bread and asked Jesus, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” To this Jesus replied, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Jesus was showing them that just like the natural bread fed their natural life, He was the source of eternal life. It is easy to know how to partake of natural bread – we simply take a bite, chew and swallow. Jesus was saying that partaking of spiritual bread for spiritual life is also easy – we simply believe that God has sent his son. The work of natural life is to swallow bread. The work of spiritual life is to believe God’s word.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"It is no great thing to be humble when you are
brought low; but to be
humble when you are
praised is a great and
rare attainment."

– Bernard of Clairvaux
(1090-1153), French abbot



Something to Ponder??
English philosopher
Francis Bacon (1561- 1626) saw in Scripture the
mandate from God for
the human responsibility
to alter the natural world
for the benefit of mankind.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Paradidomi (Gr) - Deliver (Eng) - Paradidomi means "deliver," but is also translated
some places as "betrayed," or "gave." It is a compound word made of the root didomi
meaning "to give of one's own accord with good will" and the prefix para which means
"alongside" or "over to." Together the two words para and didomi communicate the
thought of delivering something or someone over to the power of someone else. It is a
legal term in the Greek language for handing of a prisoner over to the court.
The New Testament frequently uses this word paradidomi in reference to
Jesus being handed over to death for our sins.
  The oldest inscription of the name YHWH (Yahweh, or "LORD" in NIV) is from 1400 BC. It is written in hieroglyphs in a temple of Amenhotep in modern Sudan. The text refers to a group of wandering followers of YHWH.
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Do I turn to God when I need something, or do I turn to God because of who he is?
I will seek God for who he is, not merely for the benefits he provides.

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- Proverbs 28:18
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