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Lesson # John 5:10-16
Study Material - John 5:10-16
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10 Therefore the Jews were saying to him who was cured, 'It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.' 11 But he answered them, 'He who made me well was the one who said to me, 'Take up your pallet and walk.'' 12 They asked him, 'Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?' 13 But he who was healed did not know who it was; for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, 'Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse may befall you.' 15 The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 And for this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.
For thirty eight years this man has been ill. In an instant he is cured. Wouldn't this is cause for a celebration of some kind?
The man goes to the temple. The implication here is that he is there to give thanks. He does not know who cured him, but he does know that for thirty eight years, keeping the Sabbath and doing whatever else he has been doing, were a total waste of time.
Wouldn't others celebrate with him? Apparently not. No stir was made, no big commotion. Though the pool's surrounding porches were filled with sick people, any who wanted to be cured were few in number. Perhaps this man was the only one. He at least had the right attitude and the right destination following his cure - the temple.
Others, not identified, did not ask who healed him. They asked, who told him to break the Sabbath law of carrying his bed. The absurd is a part of the everyday thinking of the self righteous. Their priorities are totally screwed up. Is it no better to see someone healed, especially someone who has been ill for such a long time, than to make an issue about on what one can do on any given day of the week?
The man did not know who had healed him, but the threat of sinning on the Sabbath was very real in his mind. One either has to bring a sin offering or be stoned.
This it the Passover festival. This is not the weekly Sabbath day (Saturday), but a festival Sabbath, sometimes called the High Sabbath. Passover begins at sundown on Wednesday and continues through the weeks end - the following weekly Sabbath. It ends on Saturday evening at sundown. These three days will be an important time period later on at the end of Christ's ministry, of course.
Jesus meets bumps into the man again in the temple and gives him a further warning - 'don't sin further or worst will happen.' What does that mean? Did the man thank Jesus? No. Did he ask who He was? No.
What he did do was go and tell others who it was that made him well. He had some priorities straight in his mind, but he wanted too, to get away from any accusation that might be leveled at him for breaking the Sabbath.
First, it is important that we all not create taboos, barriers, 'better' plans in our own minds that prevent us from moving forward in life. Second once away from our own inner barriers, we need to be able to discern those things in the world that would prevent us from moving forward in our life as well. Just because others do not like something, or just because others do like something (peer pressure), does not mean that we go along with those things that are clearly wrong.
There are enough barriers in life. There are enough distractions in life. Only those who bow to the opinions of ones own impotence, or those who bow to the impotencies that the world would force on us, will never get anywhere in life.
Bible doctrine teaches us to be independent from the world. That is one of the goals of spiritual growth. We do not need, or should not need counselors, shrinks (if you will), or other crutches to lean on in life. Others cannot advance you in your spiritual life. Only you and your own soul can do that. With Bible doctrine in your soul will you develop true and real courage and discernment in life.
Who is the source of our prosperity? God alone. The world will give us no friends, no assistance, no eternal prosperity. The world is the source of impotence. Bible doctrine is the source of true power. To ignore Bible doctrine one risks something far worse than an entire life of illness - either loss of an eternal relationship with God, or if saved, then the loss of 'greater' blessings in eternity. Eternity is a very long time. There is nothing during our life than can even begin to come close to matching its impact.
If we buck the ways of the world can receive praise? No. So why would we expect it?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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