Last One Ins A Rotten Egg!

Posted: June 12, 2012 in Jesus The Answer?

As i thought on this story it reminded me of when i was a kid or my children went to the pool. We would get there and the battle was on, “Last one in is a rotten egg!”  It sounds childish, yet that’s the premise for this invalid who does the same thing for 38 years and always ends up as the “rotten egg”. With this in mind i decided i needed to look at this a little closer. You can never be to cautious when it comes to understanding the word and i have no time restraints on these posts.

John 5 – Later on there was a Jewish festival (feast) for which Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem a pool near the Sheep Gate. This pool in the Hebrew is called Bethesda, having five porches (alcoves, colonnades, doorways). In these lay a great number of sick folk some blind, some crippled, and some paralyzed (shriveled up) waiting for the bubbling up of the water. For an angel of the Lord went down at appointed seasons into the pool and moved and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was cured of whatever disease with which he was afflicted. There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years. When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come [into it] myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me.

i am not sure which “feast” brought Jesus “up to Jerusalem.” It seems that John did not care for me to know which one, and that this bit of information would not contribute to my understanding of what follows. There has been considerable discussion over the place where Jesus found this invalid man. After much guess-work regarding the identity of this pool, its site has finally been established to the satisfaction of most. The pool (or, in reality, the reservoir which formed it) was created in 1888 in connection with the repair of the church of St. Anne, in n.e. Jerusalem. A faded fresco on the wall pictures an angel ‘troubling’ the water.

Multitudes of the physically infirmed gathered around this pool. Among them is a man who has been disabled for 38 years. No idea of exactly what is wrong with him, but it is apparent he is immobilized, because it is necessary for someone to put him into the pool.

Things i am considering:

First, the verses which speaks of an angel troubling the waters of the pool are not present in the best manuscripts. i don’t write this because i am a Bible scholar but those that are can be found on Google.

Second, the alleged “miraculous healings” at the pool of Bethesda are not like any other healing i find in the Bible. Think about it. Are there any such miracles in the Bible, where an angel somehow energizes the waters, and the first person into the water is healed? Where do we ever read of angels being involved with healings? Water is often used in healings, but such miracles are always specific—not general. Naaman was healed of his leprosy when he obeyed Elisha’s instructions to dip himself seven times in the Jordan River (2 Kings 5)

i find that people are healed individually and specifically, not in some kind of “whoever can get there first” manner. There is another incident that comes under my suspicions as well. In John 3 everyone who looked up to the Bronze Serpent was healed. This seems a little strange to me, it seems unusual. my closing is a question, does God heal someone because he can push or shove and bully his way into the pool first? Ultimately this man was not healed in that way.

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