John 6:28-33 NLT They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”
29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”
30 They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? 31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
The only work Jesus wants us to do is believe in Him. That’s it. It’s not really work, actually, it’s faith. The rest of what we are to do is, well, rest. But what I want to point out in this passage is what the people said to Him after He told them to believe. They asked for a miraculous sign and told Him that Moses fed their ancestors while journeying through the wilderness.
Say what? Since most of the teaching they heard at the time was verbal, how do you suppose they learned that? And, it had to have been reinforced many times for this outlook to be a general consensus. It’s as if they took God out of the equation and lifted Moses up on the “Provider” pedestal and put their trust in miracles and people. I love verse 32 – Jesus tells them it wasn’t Moses that provided the manna, it was God our Father.
I sense the Holy Spirit speaking in this, whispering that we must be careful of the sources we listen to and follow. It doesn’t matter how long they’ve been teaching or how longe we have followed them, we must be attentive and listen for Truth. Weigh it against Scripture, testing the spirit behind it. Jesus is the Truth and the Spirit of Prophecy, we are to lay our questions at His feet for scrutiny and answer. Just like in the above Scripture, He will lovingly correct us and set us on the right path. The Holy Spirit will lead us into truth and we must rely on His guidance.
The bottom line is if something sounds too good or makes you feel confused or simply isn’t sitting right, lay it at the feet of Jesus and examine it together with Him.