Bethesda

John 5:1-8 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he say unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another step down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 

This was the second feast Jesus attended at Jerusalem where Jesus asked a man if he wanted to be healed. The pool where the man laid was located at the Sheep Gate which was not a market as stated in verse 2. (When a word is printed in italics, it means there is nothing in the Greek language for this word.) It was a swimming pool in the shape of a pentagon and it was called Bethesda, which means house of mercy – a public infirmary. It had five arches, a covered colonnade where people could be protected from the weather.

Weak, sickly, and helpless people waited for the moving of the water by an angel that came only seasonal into the pool to disrupt the water and whoever went in was made whole of whatsoever disease they had.

Jesus knew that the man had been lame a long time and He asked him if he wanted to be healed.  This is the third great miracle recorded in John. Why Jesus did not heal others that were here is not explained for we know it is God’s desire to heal everybody, otherwise, He would be impartial and the stripes of Christ would be in vain for some (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:17; 1Pet. 2:24).

Jesus commanded the man to rise, take up his bed, and walk. A simple action necessary to confirm obedience and faith to enable this miracle as is with all other miracles.

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