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Sunday, May 15 2016
John 5: The Healing Pool At Bethesda
"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"
The English word "pool" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word (Saxony is in Germany; the Anglos were a tribe of the Saxons) of the same spelling that referred to a small low-lying area filled with water, sometimes also referring to a marsh.
"Pool" is used to translate two actual words of the Holy Scriptures that each define one of the two modern-day primary uses for pools. The Hebrew word of the Old Testament, pronounced ber-ay-kaw, means a reservoir i.e. a reserve of water. The Greek word of the New Testament, pronounced kol-oom-bay-thraw, literally means a diving place i.e. a swimming place.
The pool of Bethesda (keeping in mind that "bethesda" is an English rendering of the Hebrew word that meant a reservoir) was located near the sheep gate (see also The Strait Gate) and market ("there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda," below), hence the reason that some called it "the sheep pool." It was there, while numerous people came for healing, that the Messiah miraculously healed a man who had been repeatedly pushed away by others who came and took his turn from him. Unlike the others who, at best, received only symptomatic relief from the waters, that man was actually healed (see Healings Of Man And Nature).
"5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 5:4 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. 5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
The religious "authorities" not only blasphemously criticized the Messiah for healing on the Sabbath, they sought to commit murder of Him for it. They "sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day" (see Is It Lawful To Heal On The Sabbath Day?).
"5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
The religious council's attitude toward the Messiah was the same as it had been toward the prophet who prepared the way for the Messiah - John the Baptist (see The John The Baptist Prophecies). Their religion had become a matter of vanity for themselves.
"5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
Fact Finder: Was the birth of John the Baptist itself the result of a miraculous healing?
This Day In History, May 15
495 BC: A temple for the Roman god "Mercury" was dedicated in Rome's Circus Maximus. Many of Rome's pagan religious customs, including sun worship, were carried over into their antichrist version of Christianity (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and How Did Rome Change True Time?).
392: Roman Emperor Valentinian II was assassinated while advancing into Gaul against the Frankish usurper Arbogast.
589: King Authari married Theodelinda, a daughter of the Bavarian duke Garibald I. A follower of Constantine's Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), she has great influence among the Lombard nobility.
1004: Henry II, the last Saxon ruler of Germany, was crowned king of Lombardy after the defeat of Arduin of Ivrea.
1213: King John submitted to the Pope, offering to make England and Ireland papal fiefs. Pope Innocent III then lifted the interdict (curse upon an entire country) of 1208.
1252: Pope Innocent IV issued the papal bull (a Latin abbreviation for "bulletin") ad extirpanda, which authorized the torture of "heretics" in the Medieval Inquisition. A number of the same "inquisition" torture methods, such as "waterboarding," have been used by various governments right into the modern era, ranging from Adolf Hitler's Gestapo in the 1940s, to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the present day under the term "enhanced interrogation techniques."
1455: A crusade against the Turks and for the capture of Constantinople was proclaimed by Pope Calixtus III (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1525: Insurgents led by Anabaptist pastor Thomas Muentzer were defeated at the Battle of Frankenhausen, thereby ending the German Peasants' War in the Holy Roman Empire.
1536: Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, stood trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest. She was found guilty and condemned to death.
1602: English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold discovered Cape Cod.
1701: The War of the Spanish Succession began.
1718: James Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world's first "machine gun."
1755: Laredo, Texas was established by Spanish colonists.
1768: With the Treaty of Versailles, France purchased Corsica from Genoa.
1836: British astronomer Francis Baily detected the phenomenon called "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse of the sun. Just before the moon's disk completely covers the sun, the narrow crescent of sunlight may be broken in several places by irregularity (mountains and valleys) on the edge of the moon's disk; the resulting appearance roughly compares to a string of beads.
1860: Giuseppe Garibaldi, with 1,000 volunteers, defeated the larger Neapolitan army at the Battle of Calatafimi.
1948: In response to Israel's proclamation of the State of Israel the day before, Arab armies of Egypt, Transjordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon invaded. The first major Israel-Arab War (see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1955: The Vienna Treaty, signed by Britain, France, the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R, restored Austria's independence after the Second World War. Adolf Hitler was born in Austria; when Hitler came to power, he silenced his critics, that said he was foreign born, by making Austria part of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion; listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1958: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 3.
1960: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 4.
1967: Egyptian leader Nasser remilitarized Sinai, moving in 100,000 men and armour, and ordering out the UN force which complied. The lead-up to the Six Day War.
1972: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace was shot and left paralyzed while campaigning at a Maryland shopping center.
1988: The Soviet Union began its withdrawal from Afghanistan, eight years after their invasion. Their involvement in Afghanistan was one of the final "superpower" acts of the U.S.S.R. before it went bankrupt.
2008: California became the second U.S. State (Massachusetts was the first) to legalize (in man's eyes, not God's) "same sex marriage."