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"I came down from heaven ?" Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, "Murmurt "not among yourselves. No man can come "to me, except the Father which hath sent me "draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they "shall be all taught of God." Every man "therefore that hath heard, and hath learned "of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which "is of God, he hath seen the Father. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of "life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wil"derness, and are dead. This is the bread "which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; " if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for "ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the "world." The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink "his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso "eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath "eternal life and I will raise him up at the "last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and 66 my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth
a Isaiah liv. 13. Jerem. xxxi. 33, 4.
Mic. iv. 2.
Jesus spake figuratively, but the Jews understood him in
a literal sense.
my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth "in me, and I in him. As the living Father "hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so "he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. "This is that bread which came down from "heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, "and are dead. He that eateth of this bread "shall live for ever." These things Place. said he in the synagogue, as he Capernaum. taught in Capernaum.
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, "Doth this offend you? What, and if ye shall "see the Son of man ascend up where he was "before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the "flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I "speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are "life. But there are some of you that believe "not." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, "Therefore "said I unto you, that no man can come unto
me, except it were given unto him of my "Father."
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, "Will ye also go "away?" Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are
Many of his disciples mistook his meaning.
resurrection and ascension will convince you I speak in a spiritual sense.
sure that thou art that Christ, the son of the living God. Jesus answered them, "Have not "I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a "devil?" He spake of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
After these things Jesus walked in Galilee : for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
* Is a traitor, and doing the work of a devil.
END OF THE FOURTH PART.
THE TRANSACTIONS OF TWELVE MONTHS, FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE THIRD
66. Jesus' discourse with the Pharisees and Scribes, and with his Disciples, about eating with unwashen hands.
Time. A. D. 32.
After the third
THEN came together Place. unto him the Pharisees,
Passover. and certain of the Scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled (that is to say, with unwashen) hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brazen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and Scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples accord
• Traditions are doctrines and practices handed down from former times, but without authority of Scriptures.
ing to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, "Well hath Esaias prophesied of
you hypocrites, as it is written, This people "honoureth me with their lips, but their heart "is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the com"mandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition "of men, as the washing of pots and cups: " and many other such like things ye do." And he said unto them, "Full well ye reject the "commandment of God, that ye may keep
your own tradition. For Moses said, Ho. "nour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso "curseth father or mother, let him die the "death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his "father or mother, It is Corban," that is to say,
a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be pro"fited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer "him no more to do ought for his father or his "mother; making the word of God of none "effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered and many such like things do ye." And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, "Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: There is nothing from without a man, that entering "into him can defile him: but the things
* Exodus xx. 12.
Levit. xx. 9.
Any sacred offering, whether it consisted of a sacrifice of a gift in money.
Ye wickedly imagine that a gift dedicated to God, releases you from an obligation to bestow it on your parents.