55 A lame man at the Bethesda pool is healed.

Jeremiah 17:21–22; John 5:1–16

What led to the Jewish belief that an angel stirred the pool’s water (John 5:1–4)?

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Where was the proof that the first person into the stirred water would be healed (John 5:1–4)?

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Why do you think Jesus chose to greet just one man out of the many sick people who were gathered (John 5:5)?

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How did Jesus know about the man’s condition (John 5:5)?

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What was the nature of the lame man’s faith (John 5:5–7)?

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The man knew he couldn’t stand or walk, so why did he do what Jesus commanded and not say, “I can’t” (John 5:8–9)?

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Where might the man have been when Jewish leaders saw him carrying his mat (John 5:10)?

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Why didn’t the man know the person who had healed him (John 5:11–13)?

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Do you think sin had caused the man’s affliction (John 5:14)? Why?

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After learning who had healed him, why would the man want to tell the Jewish leaders (John 5:14–15)?

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Why would ignoring Sabbath rules to heal a man be a reason to want Jesus dead (John 5:16)?

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Jesus went to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish feasts. In the city, not far from the Sheep Gate, was the pool called Bethesda, with five covered colonnades. Here, a great number of blind, crippled, and sickly people waited for a stirring of the water. They believed an angel sometimes came and caused a bubbling of the pool, and the first one to notice and step into the water would be healed.

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John 5:1–4 Jesus went to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish feasts. In the city, not far from the Sheep Gate, was the pool called Bethesda, with five covered colonnades. Here, a great number of blind, crippled, and sickly people waited for a stirring of the water. They believed an angel sometimes came and caused a bubbling of the pool, and the first one to notice and step into the water would be healed.
King James

John 5:1–4 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.

One man there had suffered from his affliction for thirty-eight years. Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had been in that condition for a long time. “Would you like to be healthy?”

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John 5:5–6 One man there had suffered from his affliction for thirty-eight years. Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had been in that condition for a long time. “Would you like to be healthy?”
King James

John 5:5–6 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 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 feeble man said, “Sir, when the water is stirring, I have no one to help me into the pool. While I am trying, someone else always gets there first.”

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John 5:7 The feeble man said, “Sir, when the water is stirring, I have no one to help me into the pool. While I am trying, someone else always gets there first.”
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John 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.

“Stand up!” Jesus said to him. “Pick up your mat and start walking.”

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John 5:8 “Stand up!” Jesus said to him. “Pick up your mat and start walking.”
King James

John 5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

At the moment those words were spoken, the man was healed. He picked up his mat and walked, without regard for the Sabbath.

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Jeremiah 17:21–22 The Lord says, Take heed to yourselves and carry no burdens on the Sabbath. Bring nothing through the gates of Jerusalem. Don’t carry anything from your houses on the Sabbath. Do no work, but respect the Sabbath as I commanded your ancestors.
John 5:9 At the moment those words were spoken, the man was healed. He picked up his mat and walked, without regard for the Sabbath.
King James

Jeremiah 17:21–22 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.
John 5:9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

Some Jewish leaders saw him. “Don’t you know it’s the Sabbath? You are breaking the Law by carrying your mat.”

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Jeremiah 17:21–22 The Lord says, Take heed to yourselves and carry no burdens on the Sabbath. Bring nothing through the gates of Jerusalem. Don’t carry anything from your houses on the Sabbath. Do no work, but respect the Sabbath as I commanded your ancestors.
John 5:10 Some Jewish leaders saw him. “Don’t you know it’s the Sabbath? You are breaking the Law by carrying your mat.”
King James

Jeremiah 17:21–22 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.
John 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.

The man said, “But the one who healed me said, ‘Pick up your mat and start walking.’”

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John 5:11 The man said, “But the one who healed me said, ‘Pick up your mat and start walking.'”
King James

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

“What man told you it was all right to carry your mat?”

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John 5:12 “What man told you it was all right to carry your mat?”
King James

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

The man who had been healed could not identify who it was, because Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.

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John 5:13 The man who had been healed could not identify who it was, because Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.
King James

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

Later, Jesus found the man at the Temple. “Now that you are healthy, do not sin anymore, or something worse might happen.” Then the man knew who had healed him and left to tell the Jewish leaders.

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John 5:14–15 Later, Jesus found the man at the Temple. “Now that you are healthy, do not sin anymore, or something worse might happen.” Then the man knew who had healed him and left to tell the Jewish leaders.
King James

John 5:14–15 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. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

The Jews became hostile toward Jesus and wanted him dead because he had ignored their Sabbath rules.

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John 5:16 The Jews became hostile toward Jesus and wanted him dead because he had ignored their Sabbath rules.
King James

John 5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.