Six stands for redemption and transformation. Yeshua certainly declares this in the Chapter Six and since man was created on the sixth day, etc. The chapter illustrates G-d’s dealings with man.
John 6:1 After these things Yeshua (Jesus) went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.
The Sea of Galilee is also known as Lake Kinneret; and the “sea of Chinnereth” It is really more of a Lake than a sea. It is roughly 7 miles wide and 20 miles long.
John 6:2 And a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His miracles which He did on them that were diseased.
Many-followed Yeshua out of curiosity for the miracles He performed not because of a real commitment to Him.
John 6:3-4 And Yeshua (Jesus) went up into a mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. And the Pesach (Passover), a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
In chapter 5:1 John recorded that Yeshua was in Jerusalem for a feast but he did not record which feast. Here in 6:4 we see that it is almost Pesach (Passover). So if the feast in 5:1 was “Tabernacles”, 6 months may have elapsed. If the feast in 5:1 were Passover, a year would have elapsed.
John 6:5-6 When Yeshua (Jesus) then lifted up His eyes, and saw a great company come to Him, He said to Philip, Where shall we buy bread that these may eat? And this He said to test him: for He Himself knew what He would do.
The L-rd tests our faith
John 6:7 Philip answered Him, Two hundred denarii of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
One denarii was an average days wage therefore 200 denarii would be about 8 months salary.
John 6:8-10 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him, There is a boy here, which has five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Yeshua (Jesus) said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
There were 5,000 men. Considering that most men would have a wife and children with them, there may have been more like 20,000 people present.
Gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost.
John 6:11 Yeshua (Jesus) then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
Yeshua felt compassion because they are hungry just like Moses in the wilderness.
John 6:12 When they were filled, He said to His disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
This statement is interesting. Symbolically what G-d gave to the Jewish people He gives also to the Gentiles. This is so they too may not be lost. (Cf. Matt 15:25-28)
John 6:13-14 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above to them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Yeshua (Jesus) did, said, this is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
The crowed referred to Him as a prophet. This would be the prophet of (D’varim) Deuteronomy 18:15
They were not looking for a Mashiach (Messiah) that would meet their spiritual needs. They were looking for a Mashiach that would meet their physical needs and deliver them from the oppression of the Romans. Today many of the Jewish people are looking for a Messiah who will set up His kingdom in Jerusalem and bring them peace with their neighbors. Current events are setting the stage for the acceptance of a false messiah who will sign a 7-year peace treaty with Israel. Peace at last, some will think. Then after 3 1/2 years of peace an image will be set up of him in the Temple. He will demand worship. For more information about this see our archives chapter 9 in the book of Daniel and Chapter 13 and 14 in our notes on Revelation.
John 6:15 When Yeshua (Jesus) therefore perceived that they would come and take Him by force, to make Him a king, He departed again into a mountain Himself alone.
It was not time for Him to be King. He came to suffer “first.” All things happen at YHWH’s timing. Notice Yeshua perceived that they were about to take Him by force. You never see these kinds of comments made about the prophets. Why?
John 6:16-20 When evening came, His disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Yeshua (Jesus) had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Yeshua (Jesus) approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. But He said to them, "It is I; don't be afraid."
Yeshua walked on water and the disciples (talmidim) were afraid.
He said to them, “I AM” Do not fear.
John 6:21 Then they were willing to take Him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
John 6:22-25 The next day the multitude that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Yeshua (Jesus) had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone. There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the L-rd had given thanks. When the multitude therefore saw that Yeshua (Jesus) was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum, seeking Yeshua (Jesus). And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did You get here?"
John 6:26 Yeshua (Jesus) answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say to you, You seek me, not because you saw the miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
Wrong motives again, Only G-d can see the hidden motives of man.
John 6:27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him G-d the Father has placed his seal of approval."
Food sustains, but first seek the kingdom of G-d.