Thank you Denise for your topic.
The pool of Bethesda.
Whenever I read Scripture I am always keen to ask questions, for example lets have a look two separate accounts of Divine healing as given at,
Mat 12:22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.
And compare this with,
Jhn 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Jhn 5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades.
Jhn 5:3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.
Jhn 5:5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
Jhn 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”
Jhn 5:7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
Jhn 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
Jhn 5:9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.Now that day was the Sabbath.
Jhn 5:10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.”
Jhn 5:11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’”
Jhn 5:12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”
Jhn 5:13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place
Jhn 5:14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”
1. Why is it that in the first example it only requires 1 verse, whereas in the second example requires 14 verses ?
2. Why is it that in the second example, we are given a detailed description of the location ?
3. Why does verse 5 mention 38 years ?
4. Why is this further confirmed by Jesus in verse 6 when we are told that He says, “and knew that he had already been there a long time” ?
5. Why did Jesus ask, "Do you want to be healed?", when it is quite obvious why the invalid was there, ...
6. Why did the invalid not say yes ?
7. Can any significance be attached to our Lord’s words at verse 8 ?
8. Why did Jesus withdraw, and therefore have to find him in another location, when He could have said, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to
you.” when He had the invalids attention at the pool ?
9. What is the sin to which Jesus refers in verse 14, and what could be the something worse that may happen ?
I look forward to reading what you have to say.