The Lord provides what we need.
- The people speak of death twice in this passage, which reflects anxiety due to hunger.
- When God provides manna and quail, they ask, “What is this?”
- This all occurred one month after leaving Egypt.
Be renewed in the spirit of your mind; put away your old self.
- The young Church is persuading the people to put away the ways of the world, possibly numerous gods and immorality—much as it is in any society at any time.
- The passage moves back and forth between denunciation and urging.
- The central point is that a radical change is needed.
Do not work for food that perishes; work for food that endures for eternal life.
- Jesus appears to be aware that the people are shallow in their commitment.
- The crowd has focused on the sign and failed to believe its message.
- Jesus is the manna, the provision from God to quench spiritual hunger; he is the Bread of Life.