Today’s reading: Exod 37:1–38:31, John 6:25–51, Song 5:1–4
Today’s theme: God sovereignly saves
We see a glimpse of the sovereign majesty of God in the gold used in the Tabernacle. We then see the sacrifice of Jesus in the bronze. Both of these themes are reconciled in the invitation to salvation which goes out to all and the reality of God sovereignly saving the elect as a gift from the Father to the Son. This should cause us to rejoice in love, security and hope.
Gold for the King
And he overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a molding of gold around it. Exodus 37:2 (ESV)
All the gold used in the building of the tabernacle points to God’s majesty, kingdom and sovereignty as King.
Jesus took our judgement
He made horns for it on its four corners. Its horns were of one piece with it, and he overlaid it with bronze. Exodus 38:2 (ESV)
Bronze speaks of judgement and points to Jesus taking our judgement through His sacrifice on the cross.
Jesus the bread of life
Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” John 6:27 (ESV)
We should not have our views and goals limited to this life and temporary materialism. Instead we should work and pour our energy into getting the everlasting, sustaining food that will give us eternal life and be our eternal reward…Jesus, the bread of life.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35 (ESV)
Jesus brings us the ultimate satisfaction.
Gifts from the Father
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. John 6:37 (ESV)
We (disciples of Jesus) are gifts from the Father to His Son. In this verse we can also see God’s predestined plan to save the elect and the security found in coming to Jesus.
God sovereignly saves us
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:44 (ESV)
God is sovereign over salvation and those that are saved. Without God’s initiation of drawing someone to Jesus, no one could be saved. We would not come in our own will as we are bound under sin and do not desire God naturally. God is glorified in saving us.
All are invited
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. John 6:47 (ESV)
The invitation to believe goes out to all, it is not limited to rich, poor, Jewish, Non Jewish etc.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014.
TGC on John 6