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The House Of Mercy
The Hebrew word pronounced bayth means house. Numerous Bible Places have "Beth" (as it's rendered in English) in their name e.g. Bethany (house of dates), Bethel (house of God), Bethesda (house of grace) along with many others, including perhaps the most famous, Bethlehem (house of bread).
Bethesda, meaning house of mercy, was a pool or reservoir in Jerusalem that became a very popular place of healing.
"5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem [see also Why Was The Messiah A Jew?].
"Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk"
Water itself cannot miraculously heal. In most cases, it was used only as a public statement of faith in God (Baptism is the prime example of that; see also Why Through The Sea?) - from which the Holy Spirit of God healed (if healing has an immediate Godly purpose in a particular individual's physical life, rather than having "nature take its course" to the time when one's new life would begin; see Living Waters and Resurrections). Such was the case at Bethesda.
One day, The Messiah found a man who had come to the waters to be healed. As He often did, the Christ asked the question of faith:
"5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
The answer, from which in turn came the Christ's answer of mercy, was based upon the man's faith in God. The physical water was unnecessary. The instantly-healed man then stood up and carried his bed, the likes of which had carried him for 38 years.
"5:7 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 steppeth down before me.
But what did the religious authorities do when they saw the miracle? They criticized the healed man for carrying something on the Sabbath (see Sabbath Healings).
"5:9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
Fact Finder: What and where was the "Mercy Seat"?