John 6:51-58; Ephesians 5:15-20; Psm 111; 1 Kings 2: 10-12, 3:3-14.

 

In the continuation of the Gospel reading in the 6th Chapter of John, we reach the climactic conclusion of Jesus’ first teaching about how we cultivate& appropriate fully unlimited communion and fellowship with him and the Father – how we make our home in,  indwell or remain (gk: meno). Using the metaphor of bread found in the O.T., especially in the Mosaic books of Exodus and Deuteronomy – Jesus says it is fundamentally a matter of “chewing” (gk: trogo, as distinguished from the sort of eating associated with fine dining (gk: phago) – as a cow that chews the cud, i.e., a continuous action. This will make all the difference in your digesting the food he provides. “Chewing” = time, i.e., time that WE SET aside to be with the Lord.

 

Why is continuous chewing necessary? Look back to the meal that Jesus miraculous provides at the beginning of the Chapter. What is the immediate effect of the meal? (vss 14,15) What is problematic about that from Jesus point of view? (v 26) They see (gk:horao) the sign (vs 14), but they don’t see (gk: horao) it. How is that possible? Think about what you see (or think you see)? How do you tend to respond?

 

There are some blind spots that Jesus begins to work on. He is challenging them – giving them more to “chew” on. There is initial enthusiasm (vs 34). But the enthusiasm changes to grumbling? Why? Why do they find it indigestible – not to their liking? (see Exod 16 to compare) How true is this of you? Do you find things in God’s word difficult to digest? Can you think of a time recently when you got a stomach ache? Is that something you can share with another you trust? Someone in your small group perhaps?

 

To chew thoroughly takes time. It involves patience, humility. What does it awaken in you? Feelings of Frustration? Dissatisfaction? Guilt? Shame?

 

Now read Eph 5:15-20.How do you think a fool walks like? Take a peek at psm 58:3. Why is “ speaking to one another in psalms & hymns & spiritual songs….” an aid to getting understanding and being filled (refilled continuously) with the Holy Spirit?

 

How does the fear of the Lord bring wisdom? –psm 111 (One way of describing wisdom is gaining an acquired taste). What does the tenor of the psm tell you about holy fear and how it is acquired?  

 

Now look at 1Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 . WHAT MARKS OF WISDOM DO you SEE IN Solomon’s prayer, especially in that leading up to his request for Wisdom. What does that tell you about how God the Holy Spirit works? What does the Lord’s response reveal about his heart?

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