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You've touched on an interesting rhetorical device that Jesus uses - he often refuses to give the crowd exactly what it wants. They expect a miracle, instead he preaches on the bread of life. Very typical of the style of Jesus' preaching, to challenge by doing what the crowd does not expect.

I dont think its necessarily driven by personality - it's a deliberate pedagogic device. By surprising the crowd, he doesn't just challenge, he assures that the sermon or actions will be remembered.


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