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        Doing A New Thing

        January 30, 2022 ()

        Bible Text: Isaiah 43:16-21, John 6:1-21 |

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        16 Thus says the Lord,
            who makes a way in the sea,
            a path in the mighty waters,
        17 who brings forth chariot and horse,
            army and warrior;
        they lie down, they cannot rise,
            they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
        18 “Remember not the former things,
            nor consider the things of old.
        19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
            now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
        I will make a way in the wilderness
            and rivers in the desert.
        20 The wild beasts will honor me,
            the jackals and the ostriches,
        for I give water in the wilderness,
            rivers in the desert,
        to give drink to my chosen people,
        21     the people whom I formed for myself
        that they might declare my praise.


        Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

        After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”

        15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

        Jesus Walks on Water

        16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

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