John 5:1-15. Mercy and Authority

John 5

Healing at the pool

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.

Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a]


    – The name of the pool is said to be derived from the Hebrewand/or Aramaic language. Bethhesda(ביתחסד/חסדא), means either house of mercy[3] or house of grace. In both Hebrew and Aramaic the word hesdacould also mean “shame, disgrace”[citation needed]. This dual meaning may have been thought appropriate, since the location was seen as a place of disgrace due to the presence of invalids, and as a place of grace due to the granting of healing.[4][5][6

    – Until the 19th century, there was no evidence outside of John’s Gospel for the existence of this pool; therefore, scholars argued that the gospel was written later, probably by someone without first-hand knowledge of the city of Jerusalem, and that the pool had only a metaphorical, rather than historical, significance.[1] In the 19th century, archaeologists discovered the remains of a pool fitting the description in John’s Gospel.[2]

and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.

Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.

        GREAT NUMBER (scripture interprets scripture)

Luke 5:6N-ANS

GRK:ποιήσαντες συνέκλεισαν πλθος χθύων πολύ

NAS:a great quantityof fish,

KJV:a great multitudeof fishes:

Luke 19:37N-NNS

GRK:παν τπλθος τν μαθητν

NAS:the whole crowdof the disciples

KJV:the whole multitudeof the disciple


[4] [b] .???????

One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.

When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him,…..

…..”Do you want to get well?”


“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have ….no one ….to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”


Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”


At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.


The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”


11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”


12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you …….(just ‘told you’????)

…….to pick it up and walk?”

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.


      ? Well

      !  Get up

1 Cor 1:26-31

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[d]