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John 6:32 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Upon the Jews mentioning manna to our blessed Saviour, he takes occasion to make a comparison betwixt himself, the bread of life, and manna, the bread of Moses, and that in three particulars.

1. It was not Moses that gave the Israelites that manna, it was God at the prayer of Moses; but it was God that now offered them the bread of life, were they willing to accept it.

2. The manna was not given from heaven, that is, from the celestial heaven, but only from the air and clouds, which frequently in the scripture is called heaven; but Christ the bread of life was given, and sent by, the Father from the highest heaven, even the heaven of glory.

3. Manna was not true spiritual food effectively and of itself, but bodily food only: but Christ is real and spiritual bread, which gives life to lost and dead men; which manna did not, could not do. And whereas manna was peculiar to Israel only, Christ gives life to all sorts of persons, Gentiles as well as Jews, The bread of God giveth life unto the world.

Learn hence, That as Christ is the truth and substance of all types in the Old Testament, so particularly, the manna was an illustrious type of Christ. In many things they agree; and in some they differ.

They agree in their original: manna came down from above, so did Christ: manna was freely given, so is Jesus Christ the free gift of God: manna was not fit to be eaten as it lay in the field, but must be ground in a mill, or beaten in a mortar, and baked in an oven before it was fit for food: Christ was ground by his sufferings, bruised on the cross, scorched in the fiery oven of his Father's wrath, that he might become a fit Saviour for us.

Again, as the manna was gathered by the Israelites daily and equally: it was ruined down about their tents, and every man had his omer: thus is Christ in the ministry of the word daily offered to a lost world, and all that believe in him, shall share alike in the benefit of the justification, sanctification, and glorification from him; but now the manna and Christ differ in this: and the truth excels the type thus: there is a quickening, enlivening virtue, a life giving, and a life upholding power in Christ the bread of life, which was never found in manna, the bread of Israel; and whereas manna only fed the body of an Israelite, and this only for a little time in the wilderness: Christ nourisheth the soul, the souls of all believers, be they Jew or Gentile, bond or free, and this not for a time, but for eternity; The bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

Consult other comments:

John 6:32 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 6:32 - The Greek Testament

John 6:32 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 6:32 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 6:32 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 6:32 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 6:32 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 6:32 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 6:32 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 6:32 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:32 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:32 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 6:32 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 6:32 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 6:32 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 6:32 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 6:32 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 6:32 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 6:32 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 6:32 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 6:32 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 6:32 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 6:32 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 6:32 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 6:32 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 6:32 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 6:32 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 6:32 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 6:32 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 6:32 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament