When the water was troubled…….
First in healed…….
He had no chance but still he came.
Then Jesus came!
Do you want to get well?
He looked at Jesus instead of the pool.
He looked at the solution rather than the problem.
He did what Jesus said.
No carrying sleeping mats on the Sabbath!
Not one of the Ten Commands but one of the Rabbis
The letter of the law v. the spirit of the law.
A threat to their power and control and to the
God did not say, “I am the Lord who heals you,
but not on a Sabbath”
See also Matthew 12 – the healing of the man
with a withered hand.
They said: “This man is not from God.”
Jesus said: These
people honour me with their lips but their hearts are far
from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are
but rules taught by men. Mark 7: 6,7
Paul said: But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies
and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these
are unprofitable and useless.
LEGALISTIC OR LIBERAL
Understand the nature of God, the heart of God.
Walk closely with God.
The letter of the law would have had this man still bound
by his infirmity.
The spirit of the law set him free.
If the Son sets you free you shall be free indeed.
THE PRIESTLY BLESSING
The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is
how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:’’’
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
Numbers Chapter 6