“I have not departed from the command of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.
“Please receive instruction from His mouth
And establish His words in your heart.
Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
“But it is still my consolation,
And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
Therefore I love Your commandments
Above gold, yes, above fine gold.
Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
But My righteous one shall live by faith;
And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.