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211 Chapter_12 - 12"I am the bread of life The following...

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12 "I am the bread of life" The following includes Bruce R. McConkie's commentary as it relates to this chapter of the student handbook. JESUS FEEDETH THE FIVE THOUSAND Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.343 Why did Jesus feed the five thousand? Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.343 - p.344 (1) For the obvious reason that they were hungry, fainting for want of temporal food, and there was none available for them. They had left their camps and villages to hear his word, and now it was his design to supply their temporal needs also. On this same basis, if the servants of God, while on the Lord's errand, have done all they can to supply their own wants, they are entitled, in faith, to expect their Lord to supply them manna from heaven or whatever else their straightened circumstances may require. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.344 (2) As a testimony and witness that he was the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the Lord Omnipotent, the Creator of all things from the beginning. That the assembled hosts so understood his beneficent act is evidenced by their acclamation, "This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world." (John 6:14.) Because there is not and cannot be a natural explanation of this act of pure creation, this miracle not only bears record of our Lord's divinity, but is considered by many to be a miracle of transcendent significance. And so, perhaps, it is. But why should it be deemed a thing incredible that he whose words caused worlds to come rolling into existence should speak to the elements and cause loaves and fishes to multiply? Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.344 (3) Further, Jesus performed this miracle as a setting for one of his strongest and deepest recorded discourses -- the Sermon on the Bread of Life. The providing of temporal food to sustain mortal life was but prelude to teaching that men must eat spiritual bread to gain eternal life. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.344 Mark 6:30-33. Jesus met the apostles, apparently in Capernaum; heard the reports of their ministries; learned of the death of John the Baptist; and then, in need of rest and leisure, traveled by boat across the northern part of the Sea of Galilee to a solitary area near Bethsaida, there to be met again by the journeying hosts enroute to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.
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Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.344 Luke 9:11. Spake unto them of the kingdom of God] Jesus taught them the gospel: he presented to them those laws and ordinances by conformity to which they could gain an inheritance in the celestial world. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.344
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