After these things, Yeshua went away to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is also called the Sea of Tiberias.
A great multitude followed him, because they saw his signs which he did on those who were sick.
Yeshua went up into the mountain, and he sat there with his disciples.
Now the Passover, the Jewish festival, was at hand.
Yeshua therefore lifting up his eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to him, said to Philip, Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?
This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
Philip answered him, Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that everyone of them may receive a little.
One of his disciples, Andrai, Shimon Peters brother, said to him,
There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?
Yeshua said, Have the people sit down. Now there was much grass in that place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
Yeshua took the loaves; and having given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to those who were sitting down; likewise also of the fish as much as they desired.
When they were filled, he said to his disciples, Gather up the broken pieces which are left over, that nothing be lost.
So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten.
When therefore the people saw the sign which Yeshua did, they said, This is truly the Prophet who comes into the world.
Yeshua therefore, perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king, withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
and they entered into the boat, and were going over the sea to Kefar-Nachum. It was now dark, and Yeshua had not come to them.
The sea was tossed by a great wind blowing.
When therefore they had rowed about twenty-five or thirty stadia, they saw Yeshua walking on the sea, and drawing near to the boat; and they were afraid.
The book of Job says,
“He alone stretches out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea.”
The Septuagint translates,
”He alone has stretched out the heavens, and walks on the sea as on firm ground.”
Job 9:8, LXX
But he said to them, ‘It is I. Don’t be afraid.’
They were willing therefore to receive him into the boat. Immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.
On the next day, the multitude that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except the one in which his disciples had embarked, and that Yeshua had not entered with his disciples into the boat, but his disciples had gone away alone.
However boats from Tiberias came near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
When the multitude therefore saw that Yeshua wasn’t there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats, and came to Kefar-Nachum, seeking Yeshua.
When they found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, Rabbi, when did you come here?
Yeshua answered them, Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.
Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.
They said therefore to him, What must we do, that we may work the works of God?
Yeshua answered them, This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.
They said therefore to him, What then do you do for a sign, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you do?
Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.
Yeshua therefore said to them, Most certainly, I tell you, it wasnt Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.
They said therefore to him, Lord, always give us this bread.
Yeshua said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
But I told you that you have seen me, and yet you do not believe.
All those whom the Father gives me will come to me. He who comes to me I will in no way throw out.
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
This is the will of my Father who sent me, that of all he has given to me I should lose nothing, but should raise him up at the last day.
This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
The Judeans therefore murmured concerning him, because he said, I am the bread which came down out of heaven.
They said, ‘Isn’t this Yeshua, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then does he say, I have come down out of heaven?’
Therefore Yeshua answered them, ‘Do not murmur among yourselves.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.
It is written in the Prophets, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who hears from the Father, and has learned, comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father.
Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.
I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’
The Judeans therefore contended with one another, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
Yeshua therefore said to them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don’t have life in yourselves.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
“He didn’t lay his hand on the nobles of the children of Israel. They saw God, and ate and drank.”
The Midrash Rabbah comments,
“R. Tanhuma said: All the eating and drinking mentioned in this Book refers to Torah and good deeds.”
Ecclesiates Rabbah 2:28, 3:16, 5:23, 8:16, Soncino Press Edition
Exodus Rabbah continues,
“AND HE WAS THERE WITH THE LORD FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS (XXXIV, 28). Is it then possible for any man to be forty days without food or drink? …When Moses ascended on high, where there is no eating or drinking, he emulated the heavenly example…For whereas the entire world and the fullness thereof were created in six days, the Torah was given at the end of forty days.’ HE DID NEITHER EAT BREAD, eating only the bread of the Torah: NOR DRINK WATER. drinking only of the water of the Torah. He learnt [fresh] Torah by day and revised it by himself at night. Why did he do thus? In order to teach …Another explanation of AND HE WAS THERE WITH THE LORD. HE DID NEITHER EAT BREAD, NOR DRINK WATER, that is, in this world; but in the World to Come he will eat of the bread of the Torah and drink of its waters. For this reason HE DID NEITHER EAT BREAD, etc. Whence did he derive his nourishment?- From the lustre of God’s presence. Lest this seem surprising, then remember that the Chayyot who bear the Divine Throne are also nourished from the splendor of the Shechinah.”
Exodus Rabbah 47:5, Soncino Press Edition
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him.
As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he who feeds on me, he will also live because of me.
This is the bread which came down out of heaven–not as our fathers ate the manna, and died. He who eats this bread will live forever.’
He said these things in the synagogue, as he taught in Kefar-Nachum.
Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?
But Yeshua knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, ‘Does this cause you to stumble?
Then what if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life.
But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Yeshua knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.
He said, ‘For this cause have I said to you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father.’
At this, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Yeshua said therefore to the twelve, ‘You don’t also want to go away, do you?’
Shimon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe and know that you are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
Yeshua answered them, ‘Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?’