While reading through this chapter and looking at commentaries, something has been strong on my heart. I don’t expect it to go over well, this is what I see when I read this chapter…
The pool of Bethesda, was believed to be stirred by Angels on occassion, and then the first one to enter the water was healed. SO this place has many invalid/disabled people lying around it waiting for this to happen and by chance be able to get into the waters. Not an likely thing to happen if you can not move. I’ve wondered why this man was selected by Jesus to speak to, and then I am always amazed at the fact that Jesus asks..”Do you want to be well/healed?” Does this imply that some don’t want healing, or does HE want to hear us speak it? It may make the answer more personal than a mere assumption. (Many ways to look at it. ) It is also the Sabbath. Are you amazed that the Jews who confronted this healed man, did not rejoice in the healing? Its not like this happens everyday, and surely one could wait one more day.
Because of healing a man on the Sabbath and telling him to pick up his pallet/bed…the Jews have a heartburn about it. Confrontation with Jesus…Jesus reveals HIS place as God the Son, and this doesn’t go over well, now they have one more thing to add to why they hate HIm…this appears blasphemous to them. Jesus speaks of resurrection day, and judgement, and that HE will be doing the judgement of the living and the dead. Also, if one doesn’t honor the Son, the love of God is not in them…can you imagine hearing that? Would you and I have been receptive to this?
Today I have a different view of these Jewish teachers/leaders. The could not understand, and they could not believe, and they could not see truth. We are sometimes quick to judge them, and we are just like them. We dig at times in the word and continue to dig until we find something that may be used to enforce our stanse or belief system. These men were spiritually blinded. This is not even about them.. Jesus had to take the road to the cross, if they had believed, it would not have happened. Thus we would all be condemned to hell. Why then would Jesus go to such great extents to reveal who HE is, and how it all works with the Father, when they were not going to get it? May I just offer this….For you, for me, to read on this day, and see HIM, who HE is, what HE has gone through as a Man, with mans limitations, did HE feel their reject? Did HE experience speaking truth only to be hated for it? Then HE well understands us and what we are up against as followers. HE healed a lame man of 38 years…the man is walking and strong enough to carry his bed roll…totally over looked…
This section actually steps on toes pretty hard…It reminds me of arguments I have heard in interpretation of the Word, as if only Calvin, or only Matthew Henry, or Scofield have a word. I do esteem them..but I must not take their word over the Word or testimony of Jesus. Sometimes doctrines are self serving and praise themselves, and force that thinking on someone else…and few times in those arguments do I hear, lets just look at what Jesus really said, and lets just ask HIM for understanding and application. I think this is what Jesus is talking about to the Jews…you will believe John (baptist), or Moses, and they are all talking about ME, but you don’t believe Me. Praying that I do not fall into that trap. But believing that all happened as it did sooo that HE would say these things, and all the while knowing I would sit here and ponder it, take it to heart, and look for a way to apply it.
Just my simple thoughts, don’t forget to visit the rest of the study group through out this week…they are an amazing group , and I am always enlightened and encouraged as I read thier thoughts and findings. Go here and check out our line up for the week, and let Carl know if you would like to join the group.
31 responses to “Blogging Bible Study-John 5”
Your thoughts are far from simple….
I’m with you…I love to read commentaries they help me to understand, but the crux of the matter is the spoken word of God Himself, in context…..
“They could not understand, and they could not believe, and they could not see truth. We are sometimes quick to judge them, and we are just like them. ”
Yes we are…and it’s scary…..
Praying for your speedy recovery and thank you so much for this. Love you princess
I am finding this chapter difficult. I’m suppose to post tomorrow and have no direction yet…
I can’t imagine not wanting to be healed. I find it interesting that Jesus then told the man not to continue in sin so that nothing worse happens to him. That’s a can of worms many don’t want to see — me included!! Of course, it is only one aspect of why we are sick, not the whole thought of God’s word on the topic.
Many things to consider…too many for one “simple” post, huh?
Thanks, Darla. I sure hope you get to feeling better quickly. Praying for you.
Way to challenge us and lead off the week Darla…
People move in and out of our lives, and whether or not they believe when they do, or later, or never. Our journey to Jesus would not be the same or may not ever happen if God did not bring the people in and out of our life like he does. (That make since? )
And did I miss something? Are you ok? Sick?
Love to ya…
Hopee you get this illness behind you – Labor day weekend is coming soon. I don’t like to hug sickies – I would make an exception in your case though! I haven’t read this chapter yet – but plan to. I have always been challenged by the book of John!
long!!!!!!!! i love you and i hope that you no i learn from the bestttt! 😉
Trina love= should I start calling you “pebbles” since you are a chip off the old block!? too funny..everywhere I go this morning..I see your precious face!
Michelle, Deb. Carl- i wrote this while sick and not sure if I was making sense…thanks for reading and commenting. I covet your prayers this morning. It seems the infection is spreading throughout me, which is common when allergy/asthma meet up with infection…so God could heal this today, or HE could send me to a Doctor to witness about HIM..what do you think?
papa- I am planning of being very healthy when I hug you..LOL
Darla, didn’t know you were sick babydoll.
I’m speaking healing over you right now, in HIM..
Love you so much, keep me updated on your sickies…
pebble’s (funny!!) does that make you WILMA!!!!
I will pray for comfort in your sickness….
But you need an Antibiotic…. 😉 Go to the DR… 😀 That is why God gave them to us. 😉
Darla, wow, The Holy Spirit is running through you. What you said was so right, if the Pharisees and Sagisees had really grasped what Jesus had said, there would of never been a crucification. Jesus did have such passion for the leaders of the temple. We just read Matthew 23 and Jesus gave all the leaders a tongue licking. But, it was because He loved them so much, Jesus knew their hearts, I agree that He knew if they converted, it would not be full filled. I love your study today. Keep up the good work for God, princess. Love Tanya
Go to the doctor, Darla. Yes, He will do the healing and He has given us healers…all for His glory.
I am feeling a little better-amazing what some strong antibiotics will do for a body. Thank you for your prayers, I am feeling them today. It feels good to just get up. the last two days that was not an option for me.
God is good, and I thank HIM for the prayers, and the love that HE shows me through the body, (you all)what a gift you are to me! now I am going to check on Michelle…I know she has a post on this too..
(for the record..sometime today…that trina needs hijacked by lots of people…yes I guess pebbles does make me Wilma, and Scott- Fred, and Derek- BAMBAM…LOL)
Hi Darla – visiting again. I subscribed to you. 🙂 Think I might join this Bible study. It’s pulling me. Great thoughts here!
Welcome Annie! that is awesome for you to join us! I have found it very interesting and thought provoking to hear what others see or interpret things..and you know it all falls in line with thinking about things that are good for us..how could it get any better than the Word! I will link to you later today.. I am honored that you would subscribe to me.. 😳
John has always been one of my favorite books……
leicalady- I love John too! thanks for stopping this is an ongoing study with some others listed on my sidebar…enjoy them all, and join us if you want. BTW-love the pic of the horse on your avatar..is it yours?