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John 5

May 17, 2008

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

28 thoughts on “John 5”

  1. Alison C

    v14………..”See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you”
    This man may have then tried not to sin because of FEAR…..instead of the love of Jesus.
    I find this ‘out of character’ for Jesus………but then ….who am I to question the Almighty Lord Jesus Christ?
    Praise His name.

  2. Alison C

    v14………..”See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you”
    This man may have then tried not to sin because of FEAR…..instead of the love of Jesus.
    I find this ‘out of character’ for Jesus………but then ….who am I to question the Almighty Lord Jesus Christ?
    Praise His name.

  3. We don’t know any details of the man’s life. I guess from this we can deduce that sin can bring on infirmity?

    The woman caught in adultery was told the same thing by Jesus. Go and sin no more.

    I’m not sure that this was out of character .. he did whip the money changers in the temple. LOL

    There must be some connection between sin and our well being.

  4. We don’t know any details of the man’s life. I guess from this we can deduce that sin can bring on infirmity?

    The woman caught in adultery was told the same thing by Jesus. Go and sin no more.

    I’m not sure that this was out of character .. he did whip the money changers in the temple. LOL

    There must be some connection between sin and our well being.

  5. But then we have to be careful that we don’t think that all illness is sin related.

    Or is it? Maybe it is generically related because we are all born of sin. ???

    Some of us have bodies that just keep on going and some of us are born with bodies that are doomed from the day we are born.

    Then there is Psalm 103

    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    And forget none of His benefits;
    Who pardons all your iniquities,
    Who heals all your diseases;
    Who redeems your life from the pit,
    Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
    Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

    Hmmmm

  6. But then we have to be careful that we don’t think that all illness is sin related.

    Or is it? Maybe it is generically related because we are all born of sin. ???

    Some of us have bodies that just keep on going and some of us are born with bodies that are doomed from the day we are born.

    Then there is Psalm 103

    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    And forget none of His benefits;
    Who pardons all your iniquities,
    Who heals all your diseases;
    Who redeems your life from the pit,
    Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
    Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

    Hmmmm

  7. Later on in chapter 9 Jesus is asked about the connection between sin and sickness so we’re sure to discuss this again. In the meantime I think Jesus treats us very much as individuals and knows what we need to hear at a particular time and place. So I think this is what this man needed to hear.

    I think v.3 is quite interesting. There was a great number of people yet Jesus only healed one.

  8. Later on in chapter 9 Jesus is asked about the connection between sin and sickness so we’re sure to discuss this again. In the meantime I think Jesus treats us very much as individuals and knows what we need to hear at a particular time and place. So I think this is what this man needed to hear.

    I think v.3 is quite interesting. There was a great number of people yet Jesus only healed one.

  9. Yes. that is interesting. There were many who were not healed when Jesus left the earth.

    I’m thinking of the man who was lame from birth at the gate called Beautiful who was healed by the word spoken from the apostles. Scripture tells us he was there every day so my take on that is he was there when Jesus was there also.

  10. Yes. that is interesting. There were many who were not healed when Jesus left the earth.

    I’m thinking of the man who was lame from birth at the gate called Beautiful who was healed by the word spoken from the apostles. Scripture tells us he was there every day so my take on that is he was there when Jesus was there also.

  11. Alison C

    v 39
    You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess Eternal life…..
    Several of my dear friends, go to church, study Scriptures….but miss the rest of the verse.
    …..These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
    I pray that all churches will teach the FULL truth!
    v43
    I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me: but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.

    Scripture tells us that in the last days many will be deceived!
    We pray that their eyes will not be blinded, up opened up to the full truth and saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Praise His wonderful name.

  12. Alison C

    v 39
    You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess Eternal life…..
    Several of my dear friends, go to church, study Scriptures….but miss the rest of the verse.
    …..These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
    I pray that all churches will teach the FULL truth!
    v43
    I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me: but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.

    Scripture tells us that in the last days many will be deceived!
    We pray that their eyes will not be blinded, up opened up to the full truth and saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Praise His wonderful name.

  13. and Jesus allow them the option of refusing to come to him! v.40 I think this speaks volumes of His love. True love doesn’t force, coerce, control or dominate.

    v.17-18 I’ve heard it said by unbelievers that Jesus never claimed to be God. Yet in this verse he certainly did and was ultimately the reason the Pharisees had him killed.

  14. and Jesus allow them the option of refusing to come to him! v.40 I think this speaks volumes of His love. True love doesn’t force, coerce, control or dominate.

    v.17-18 I’ve heard it said by unbelievers that Jesus never claimed to be God. Yet in this verse he certainly did and was ultimately the reason the Pharisees had him killed.

  15. I was thinking again about the man Jesus healed in the first few verses. He never asks to be healed and doesn’t seem overly interested in being healed – he just makes excuses. Perhaps he was happy to just lie there day after day with no responsibilities.

    Jesus’ comment, stop sinning, would suggest it wasn’t a sin committed 38 years ago (v.5) that was keeping him invalid.

  16. I was thinking again about the man Jesus healed in the first few verses. He never asks to be healed and doesn’t seem overly interested in being healed – he just makes excuses. Perhaps he was happy to just lie there day after day with no responsibilities.

    Jesus’ comment, stop sinning, would suggest it wasn’t a sin committed 38 years ago (v.5) that was keeping him invalid.

  17. I don’t know Wendy. I do know that Jesus wasn’t impressed with the man who buried his talent in the ground and called him “wicked” and “lazy” (Matthew 25:26). Lazy is easy to understand but wicked?

  18. I don’t know Wendy. I do know that Jesus wasn’t impressed with the man who buried his talent in the ground and called him “wicked” and “lazy” (Matthew 25:26). Lazy is easy to understand but wicked?

  19. v.19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does…v.22-23 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

    (From Constable’s Commentary) “To the contemporary western mind the idea of "son" connotes a different person, but the ancient eastern mind thought of a "son" as the extension of his father…The ancients considered a good son as one who followed in his father's footsteps exactly…Therefore failure to honor the Son reflects failure to honor the Father. Conversely honoring the Son honors the Father. God will not share His honor with another. Consequently for Him to share His honor with the Son must mean that the Son and the Father are one in essence.”

  20. v.19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does…v.22-23 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

    (From Constable’s Commentary) “To the contemporary western mind the idea of "son" connotes a different person, but the ancient eastern mind thought of a "son" as the extension of his father…The ancients considered a good son as one who followed in his father's footsteps exactly…Therefore failure to honor the Son reflects failure to honor the Father. Conversely honoring the Son honors the Father. God will not share His honor with another. Consequently for Him to share His honor with the Son must mean that the Son and the Father are one in essence.”

  21. v.41-44 “I do not accept praise from men, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?

    (The Message) 41-44 “I’m not interested in crowd approval. And do you know why? Because I know you and your crowds. I know that love, especially God’s love, is not on your working agenda. I came with the authority of my Father, and you either dismiss me or avoid me. If another came, acting self-important, you would welcome him with open arms. How do you expect to get anywhere with God when you spend all your time jockeying for position with each other, ranking your rivals and ignoring God?

    Jesus is critical if we are religious but “make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God.”

  22. v.41-44 “I do not accept praise from men, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?

    (The Message) 41-44 “I’m not interested in crowd approval. And do you know why? Because I know you and your crowds. I know that love, especially God’s love, is not on your working agenda. I came with the authority of my Father, and you either dismiss me or avoid me. If another came, acting self-important, you would welcome him with open arms. How do you expect to get anywhere with God when you spend all your time jockeying for position with each other, ranking your rivals and ignoring God?

    Jesus is critical if we are religious but “make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God.”

  23. v.39-40 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

    They weren’t studying the Scriptures to know God better but rather because they thought that through the effort of studying the Scriptures they would gain eternal life.

  24. v.39-40 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

    They weren’t studying the Scriptures to know God better but rather because they thought that through the effort of studying the Scriptures they would gain eternal life.

  25. v.35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

    They chose to enjoy his light but only for a time, while it was convenient.

  26. v.35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

    They chose to enjoy his light but only for a time, while it was convenient.

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