I-Am2.docx - This particular “I AM” statement “follows the miracle of the feeding of the multitude Jesus tells the people “I AM the bread of

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This particular “I AM” statement “follows the miracle of the feeding of the multitude, Jesus tells the people, “I AM the bread of life.” 1 At this juncture in the scriptures, Jesus is being thronged by a crowd who has just witnessed His restoring power as He has been on crusade healing the sick. Jesus takes asylum with His disciples to engage in further intimate teaching. There Jesus recognizes that “The Jewish Passover Festival was near” (John 6:4 NIV). Thus, He inquires of Philip for bread enough to feed to the crowd. This He did to test Philip as a segway into teaching a principle and performing yet another miracle. Patricia Sanchez states, “the disciples did not automatically come to full awareness of the true identity of Jesus and the purpose of his mission.” 2 Hence His frequent employment of parables and rhetorical questions. From his response, we know that Philip focused on the expense they would exhaust in an effort to feed the multitude
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