GodSpeak for the Week of May 26
We’re back to the Lectionary this week, focusing on John’s recounting of a story from early in Jesus’ ministry.
Day 1…Read John 5:1-9
this – John is very specific to note that the pool of Bethesda was near the
Sheep Gate in Jerusalem.
- The Sheep Gate is believed to have been the opening in the wall around Jerusalem (on the east side of the city, near the Temple), where sheep/lambs were brought in for sacrifice at the Temple.
- Answer this – looking at this whole passage, what are the themes of sacrifice John illustrates?
Day 2…Read John 5:2
this – the word “Bethesda” means “house of mercy” and/or “flowing water.”
- Folks believed the waters in the pool could cure all kinds of illnesses, however;
- …they would only bubble once or twice each day, and;
- …only the first person into the water would get the benefit of healing (thus, the constant watching and racing to get in the water first)!
- Answer this – for the man who was blind, lame and paralyzed…what did this “house of mercy” and “flowing water” represent?
Day 3…Read John 5:2 (again)
this – while this “house of mercy” and “flowing water” had been anything BUT
merciful to this man, along comes Jesus;
- …who zeroes in on this particular man, asking him if he’d like to be healed.
- Note – for 38 years…every, single day…this man had gone to the pool seeking healing. And, then – one day, after almost 14,000 days of failure and frustration, Jesus shows up.
this – how must Jesus’ question have sounded to the man? How must that have felt to him to have Jesus
make the offer He did?
- What does this say about the nature of God’s healing versus what we often hear from the world?
Day 4…Read John 5:6-9
- Consider this – people went to the Pool of Bethesda, because they believed there were mystical/miraculous powers in the WATERS.
this – after some 14,000 days of personal failure, what actually brings the man
- Why does this matter? What does this say about the way Jesus creates healing in people?
Day 5…Read John 5:9
this – John tells us that the man’s healing was effected “at once”; that is,
immediately or forthwith.
- After 38 years, the man just got up and walked right there.
this – have you ever seen (or, heard of) instantaneous healing like this?
- These days, folks will often lament that miracles don’t happen today like they did when Jesus was on earth. How do you answer this?
Day 6…Read John 5:9
- Consider this – the final words of our lesson for this week note: “The day on which this took place was the Sabbath…”
- Answer this – why is that significant? Even early in His ministry, what is Jesus saying about the work (and, healing) of God?