The Ministry years 5: The moving of the water:   theunfetteredpreacher 

  • Our story jumps to the book of John chapter 5, the healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda.  Jesus, has traveled back to Jerusalem . 

The angels would stir or trouble the water at the pool of Bethesda.  There were multitudes of sick, blind and lame, waiting for this stirring .  

The first one into the pool was healed.   What kind of joke was this?  

The lame or blind needed help to see or maneuver to the waters, it doesn’t seem fair.

It might not have been, but it was how it was.

Jesus, who could have healed them all, choose one man.  (Note, Jesus knew he had been afflicted   a long time. (A word of knowledge)).  

   A lame man, and asked what he wanted?

“To be healed, but someone always beats me to the water.”

Jesus: “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”

Things of note:  

~  No mention of faith.  Many times he told folks their faith made them whole.  Not this time.

~  He was healed immediately.  The Lord doesn’t save, heal or comfort over time…  

When the Lord touches you, or better yet, you learn to touch Him, Salvation, Healing, Comfort, Direction come upon us immediately .   

The Lord answers the prayers of those who Seek and Obey His will.

~  The lame man, walked away carrying his bed, and this on the Sabbath.   The religious didn’t like it when a rule is broken.

~  He was confronted by the Jews… “What are you doing?  You are breaking the law.”

~  “The man who healed me, told me to… I don’t know who He was.”

~  “for Jesus had conveyed himself away, “

~  The healed man was found by Jesus, in the Temple.  

How appropriate, to go to the house of God, in thanksgiving.

He was told:  “Go and sin no more.”

Is sin the cause of sickness?   What does the Word tell us?

Psalm: 107:17-18

Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.   Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

Mark 2:5

When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the paralytic, Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.

John 9:3
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

We often have no clue of Gods ways, we do have His assurance that His purpose is good.  (Romans 8:28, if we :26).

Psalms 115:3

But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

We must understand, the Lord did not always heal those He came across, and those He did, not always the same way.

This is because we would make that repeated way a religion, a ritual.  

One thing was consistent:

“All who TOUCHED HIM WERE MADE WHOLE.”

Are you in need of Salvation, Healing, Direction, or Correction?  

LEARN TO DROP DOWN IN WORSHIP.  Touch the Hem of His Garment.   Receive the Blessings of God.

John 5:1-9
After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.   When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.  And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

Neglected /Eccentric Caroline 12/10/16   theunfetteredpreacher 

Eccentric Caroline 

Rest assured, this is a yard in Down East, NC.  This is probably the third different scene he has set up in the three years of this blog.

I guess the third  picture is for the man who has everything . ..   Eccentric 

Optometrist needed:   theunfetteredpreacher 

I believe my beloved dog needs glasses.   He will lay around all day looking out the window.

A neighbor he knows walks by, and he goes crazy.  I tell him, it’s okay, you know them… Doesn’t help.

Maybe glasses will.    

Lots of folks are like this also, they bark at friends and family,  and miss the thief that steals their peace and joy.

Only the Holy Spirit can help them overcome  that.  

Ask, seek and knock….  He is faithful.