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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).

The Pool of Bethesda

"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?

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.

5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 5:9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

5:10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

5:11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

5:12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

5:13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. 5:15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole." (John 5:1-15 KJV)

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.

5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. 5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 5:23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." (John 5:16-30 KJV)

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.

5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

5:41 I receive not honour from men. 5:42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?" (John 5:31-47 KJV)

Fact Finder: Was the birth of John the Baptist itself the result of a miraculous healing?
See The Miraculous Birth Of John The Baptist

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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.

Israeli Troops In 1948 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."


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