John Lesson 7 Day 2
Jesus Heals a Lame Man
3. Lame man beside the Pool of Bethesda/Bethsaida
Disabled, an invalid, for thirty-eight years. We don’t know if he was born with this condition or if it was the result of an injury or disease.
The word translated as invalid or disabled according to Strongs means “to be feeble (in any sense):—be diseased, impotent folk (man), (be) sick, (be, be made) weak.”
Because he answered saying, “Someone else always gets there ahead of me,” he has a mobility issue of some kind.
It’s likely he is poor since he could not work for such a long time. If his family is wealthy, a servant would be there to help him get into the water.
Discouraged, hopeless, self-pity after living so many years feeling helpless. He probably felt worthless since he was unable to work.
The man is there at the pool because it is the only hope he has, yet he does not have hope that he will be the favored one who gets a miracle.
4. a. Jesus asked the man, “Would you like to get well?”
Why did Jesus ask that question? Barclay suggested that “An eastern beggar often loses a good living by being cured of his disease.”
Luke 5:22 says, “Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?”
So Jesus knew what was in this man’s heart. If the man says aloud, “Yes, I would like to get well.” it would build the man’s faith and serve as a prayer for healing.
He answered, “I can’t, sir, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
By saying this, the man acknowledges that he wants to be healed. But he believes it is hopeless because he is incapable of getting himself into the only healing source he knows of.
“The sick man does what we nearly all do. He limits God’s help to his own ideas and does not dare promise himself more that he conceives in his mind.” (Calvin) (quote from EnduringWord.com)
He felt discouraged, hopeless, alone, dependent and pitiful.
b. Jesus commanded the man to do the impossible.
Pick up your mat.
Miraculously, the man had the ability and strength stand up and walk and also to pick up his bed-mat and carry it.
Jesus demonstrated that He had the ability to heal without the water stirred by an angel.
c. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple.
For thirty-eight years, the law prohibited this man from entering the temple.
When Jesus found him, He said, “”See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” John 5:14
Morris wrote, “‘See, you have been made well’ employs the perfect of the verb, indicating that the cure was permanent. No doubt some of the ‘cures’ that were reported from the pool did not last very long.”
Some scholars assume the man became disabled due to a “sin of the flesh.” Most importantly, the fact that Jesus found him indicates, “He was concerned about the man’s spiritual health, not only his physical health. Living a life of sin is worse.”(Enduringword.com)
The reason sin is still damaging to us as New Testament believers is that it looses Satan to work in our lives. We’re giving the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:27)
“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” Romans 6:14-16 NLT
5. Spiritual health
I sometimes deal with my own version of paralysis. I feel stuck or overwhelmed with all that needs to be done and challenges that don’t seem to have solutions.
A man once prayed for me and said, “I see you sitting on your bed with your face in your hands saying, “I can’t do it!”
I thought of this verse—
You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
In Your strength, I can crush an army;
with my God, I can scale any wall. Psalm 18:28-29 NLT
With my God, I can run through a troop and leap over a wall!
Don’t look for someone to rescue me or do it for me.
“In your strength, I can crush an army; with my God, I can scale any wall. ”
My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 7 Day 2 Study of John 5:1-15