Pool Day

15 March 2012

Pool Day

Pool Day

Christian Bible Teaching by Sharon Hood
March 15, 2012

Let’s talk about the story of the lame man lying beside the pool of Bethesda. You might have also wondered the same thing I have. As Jesus walked through the multitudes of those who were sick and diseased, why did Jesus choose to heal the lame man?

This pool is called Bethesda in the Hebrew tongue, because by Bethesda is meant the house of mercy, and is thus a name fitly applied to the word of God, as containing in it all the fullness of the divine mercy and loving-kindness.

John 5:2. There was a gate in the wall of Jerusalem called the Sheep Gate where sheep were traded, or possibly where sheep were taken in and out of the city for market or to pasture. Near the Sheep Gate was a pool called Bethesda which had five areas around it; called porches. It was like a mineral water bath that people believed healed them.

According to tradition (verse 4), the waters would be stirred up by an angel, and the first person to get into the water when it began to stir would be healed of their sickness or disability.  Actually, the water only appeared to be “stirred”. The cause was really that it was fed by underground springs that would periodically surge and cause the water to move.

Jesus stopped at a man who had been lame for thirty-eight years and asked him this serious question.

John 5:6 “Do you wish to get well?”

Well, we’re all probably thinking the same thing, that’s a no-brainer? Doesn’t everyone who is sick want to get healed? However, there are some who do and some that don’t. I’ve heard it with my own ears people say, I will lose my monthly check, or I can’t get a job. Now what about hypochondriacs? I believe that we all have known our share of hypochondriacs? You know some people actually feed off their illnesses for attention and pity. When Jesus walks past them, they will simply look the other way.

The lame man in this scripture wanted to be healed but didn’t see any way for it to happen. He couldn’t get himself into the pool at the precise time of opportunity. He cried and begged for assistance to no avail for thirty-eight long painful years, full of helplessness and hopelessness.

Have you ever thought about his family? What a burden he must have been. He may previously been a father, a husband. One thing we know for sure is that he was somebody’s child. Someone had taken him there and left him.

John 5:7 “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

That statement alone was enough of an invitation for the Son of God who simply spoke; “Arise, take up your bed, and walk.”  (See John 5:8)  The man was instantly healed, he got up and walked away completely whole.

Now let me ask this question, if Jesus came walking by and asked you if you want to be healed, what would your answer be to Him? It’s a giant question of faith. You see God never pushes His will upon us, He’s a perfect gentleman. If you answer “Yes”, He can speak “Arise” today as easily as He did hundreds of years ago.

All my love Sharon

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