John 5:1-15 A healing on the Sabbath…

Give God Time.

  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying the hymn Great is thy faithfulness… at this link… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTKIqmdfHSk.

A Word in your ear. 

John 5:1-15 A healing on the Sabbath… 

SCENE ONE:- The Healing at the Pool. (The 3rd ‘Godlike’ miracle.)

John 5:1 After this, there was a Judean festival; and Yeshua (Jesus) went up to Yerushalayim. 

The time came for the next religious festival in the Jewish calendar – so Jesus returned to Jerusalem, as He was an observant Jew. He had just returned from the Passover mentioned in John 2:13 and this was the next in line – which is the Feast of Weeks – celebrating the giving of the law on Mt Sinaii, which in the western calendar (sun calendar) falls halfway between May and mid-June. (The difference is because Jews use a moon calendar.)

2 In Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), by the Sheep Gate, is a pool called in Aramaic, Beit-Zata, (Bethsaida) 3 in which lay a crowd of invalids — blind, lame, crippled. 4 (* see below.)

* John 5:4 Some manuscripts add verses 3b–4 not included in the original. 

3b “. . . , waiting for the water to move; 4 for at certain times an angel of Adonai went down into the pool and disturbed the water, and whoever stepped into the water first after it was disturbed was healed of whatever disease he had.”

This pool was surrounded by five columns and a roof, called Solomons Colonnade. 

5 One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 Yeshua (Jesus), seeing this man and knowing that he had been there a long time, said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 

7 The sick man answered, “I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is disturbed; and while I’m trying to get there, someone goes in ahead of me.” 

8 Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!”

9 Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and walked.

The invalid in this story had been there 38 years. Jesus felt compassion for a man whose life had been wasted sitting crippled and begging. Being crippled meant they could rely on public donations and hence the question in v.6. At first, the man thought Jesus was offering to help him into the pool. Jesus simply says, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!” Simple as that! This was the third ‘God-like’ miracle John witnessed. 

   b.) SCENE TWO:- Healing on the Sabbath…

Now that day was Shabbat (Sabbath), 10 so the Judeans (Jerusalem Jews) said to the man who had been healed, “It’s Shabbat! (Sabbath!) It’s against Torah (law) for you to carry your mat!” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me — he’s the one who told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” 

12 They asked him, “Who is the man who told you to pick it up and walk?” 

13 But the man who had been healed didn’t know who it was, because Yeshua (Jesus) had slipped away into the crowd.

No sight of ‘high fives’ from these religious leaders! Their man-made rules (the ‘Hadith’), had been broken in order to help a man. These leaders recognised the man but had never helped him, v.7. All they could say was, ‘Who said you could carry your mat on the Sabbath?’ 

14 Afterwards Yeshua (Jesus) found him in the Temple court and said to him, “See, you are well! Now stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you!” 

The man was at the temple – which a law required of any who had been healed, to give thanks to God and for the healing to recognized by the priests as a miracle of God. Note that Jesus was again at the temple, and saw the man, and told him to stop sinning before something worse happens to him, (hell). (NB Jesus said the same thing to the woman caught in adultery.) 

15 The man went off and told the Judeans (Jerusalem Jews)  it was Yeshua (Jesus) who had healed him; 16 and on account of this, the Judeans (Jerusalem Jews) began harassing Yeshua (Jesus) because he did these things on Shabbat (Sabbath).

(With acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible.)

Today’s Challenge

Note the control the religious leaders had over people… The man in this story feared the religious leaders so much, he went and told them that it was Jesus who told him to pick up his bed and go home. (The religious leaders followed the ‘Hadiths’ which are the teachings of other religious leaders.) The man feared the religious men more than God even though it was Jesus who had just healed him, and not the religious men. Jesus said, ‘Whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.’ Matthew 10:30. 

Are you like this man who feared religious leaders more than God?

What do you do to ensure you obey God rather than men?

It is crucial to read the Bible for ourselves to see what God wants. God provided the Bible for that purpose. Then don’t let others detract you from God’s will.

Memory verse. John 5:8-9 Who is Jesus?

John 5:8-9 Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!” 9 Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and walked.

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 4:43-54 Jesus heals from a distance;- (His 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle.)

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymnO for a thousand tongues to sing…

A Word in your ear

John 4:43-54 Jesus heals from a distance:-

(His 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle).

43 After the two days, he went on from there toward the Galil (Galilee). 

Jesus had just spent two days in Samaria, where He had found far more faith than existed amongst the Jews – who themselves rejected the Samaritans. 

44 Now Yeshua (Jesus) himself said, “A prophet is not respected in his own country.” 

Jesus coined the phrase here, “A prophet is not respected in his own country.” 

45 But when he arrived in the Galil (Galilee), the people there welcomed him, because they had seen all he had done at the festival in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem); since they had been there too.

Note the huge difference in welcome between the Jews in Jerusalem and those in the northern part of Israel, in Galilee. (Cf. John 2:12-25).

46 He went again to Kanah (Cana) in the Galil (Galilee), where he had turned the water into wine. 

An officer in the royal service was there; his son was ill in K’far-Nachum (Capernaum). 47 This man, on hearing that Yeshua (Jesus) had come from Y’hudah (Judah) to the Galil (Galilee), went and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Unless you people see signs and miracles, you simply will not trust!” 

Jesus tested the man, to see his motives. 

49 The officer said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 

The man was in earnest, and continued to beg for help.

50 Yeshua (Jesus) replied, “You may go, your son is alive.” The man believed what Yeshua (Jesus) said and left. 

God always hears a cry for mercy. In this instance, Jesus healed the son remotely. 

51 As he was going down, his servants met him with the news that his son was alive. 52 So he asked them at what time he had gotten better; and they said, “The fever left him yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon.” 53 The father knew that that was the very hour when Yeshua (Jesus) had told him, “Your son is alive”; and he and all his household trusted. 

The end result? ‘All his household trusted’.

54 This was a second sign that Yeshua did; he did it after he had come from Y’hudah (Judah) into the Galil (Galilee).

This was the 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle which John witnessed Jesus doing. (John 2:1-11 – the water into wine being the first.)

—-Summary

This was the 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle which John witnessed Jesus doing. (John 2:1-11 – the water into wine being the first.)

  • Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? John 4: 44; Now Yeshua (Jesus) himself said, “A prophet is not respected in his own country.” 

Today’s Challenge

A Roman official believed that Jesus could heal his son even from far away. Jesus was touched by the faith of a man who was not even a Jew… He healed the son because of his faith.  Do you have the faith in Jesus that this Gentile army officer had? 

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)

2, The ‘suffering church.’https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates

3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 4:27-42 The Samaritan Woman (part 3) Gossiping the Gospel.

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn 

Alleluia! He is coming!

A Word in your ear

John 4:27-42 The Samaritan Woman (part 3) Gossiping the Gospel.

27 Just then, his talmidim (disciples) arrived. They had returned from a trip into town to buy food. They were amazed that he was talking with a woman; but none of them said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you talking with her?”  

Jewish religious leaders had forbidden Jews to talk to Samaritans.  It was also the culture that men didn’t speak to women who were strangers.

28 So the woman left her water-jar, went back to the town and said to the people there, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I’ve ever done. Could it be that this is the Messiah?” 

30 They left the town and began coming toward him.

The Samaritan woman puts us to shame…she immediately ‘gossiped the Gospel.’ She was in such a hurry to tell her town about Jesus, she left her water jar behind!

31 Meanwhile, the talmidim (disciples) were urging Yeshua (Jesus), “Rabbi, eat something.” 

32 But he answered, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” 

33 At this, the talmidim (disciples) asked one another, “Could someone have brought him food?” 

They had gone off to get food and Jesus didn’t even want it! 

34 Yeshua said to them, “My food is to do what the one who sent me wants and to bring his work to completion. 

35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest’? Well, what I say to you is: open your eyes and look at the fields! They’re already ripe for harvest! 

Souls are the crop and they are ready and waiting to be brought into the kingdom, just like wheat or barley is harvested into a barn. 

36 The one who reaps receives his wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the reaper and the sower may be glad together — 

Those who are truly God’s workers will be rewarded in heaven. 

37 for in this matter, the proverb, ‘One sows and another reaps,’ holds true. 38 I sent you to reap what you haven’t worked for. Others have done the hard labor, and you have benefited from their work.”

39 Many people from that town in Shomron (Samaria) put their trust in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all the things I did.” 

40 So when these people from Shomron (Samaria) came to him, they asked him to stay with them. He stayed two days, 41 and many more came to trust because of what he said. 

Jesus stayed in Samaria for 2 days which was the religious leaders had put out of bounds for Jews. If you didn’t obey them, they could trespass you from the temple. 

42 They said to the woman, “We no longer trust because of what you said, because we have heard for ourselves. We know indeed that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

—Summary:- Her personal testimony resulted in a BIG HARVEST! (Compare v. 37-38 with 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 KJV. Paul said ‘I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth, but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour’.)

  • Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? 

John 4:42 They said to the woman, “We no longer trust because of what you said, because we have heard for ourselves. We know indeed that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

  • Today’s Challenge

The Samaritan lady had only just met Jesus and become an evangelist the same afternoon! What’s our excuse? 

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. 

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 4:15-26 The Samaritan Woman (Part2); The Messiah.

Give God Time.

Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

He Lives! He Lives! (I Serve A Risen Saviour)

A Word in your ear. 

John 4:15-26 The Samaritan Woman (Part2); The Messiah. 

(Acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible). 

15 “Sir, give me this water,” the woman said to him, “so that I won’t have to be thirsty and keep coming here to draw water.” 

The woman was still not quite up to speed with the spiritual dimension of what Jesus was saying, but she wanted to know more… 

16 He said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 

Jesus tested her genuineness…

17 She answered, “I don’t have a husband.” 

She was honest. She didn’t pretend to be anything other than what she was. Jesus takes us as we are, and takes us to where we need to be. 

Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, “You’re right, you don’t have a husband! 

18 You’ve had five husbands in the past, and you’re not married to the man you’re living with now! You’ve spoken the truth!”

Jesus appreciated her honesty. He already knew all about her. 

19 “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet,” the woman replied. 

20 “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you people say that the place where one has to worship is in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).” 

Again the woman tried to deflect the conversation away from getting spiritual and personal It is as if she is saying, ‘Each to his own. Jews have their temple in Jerusalem and we worship at that mountain over there’.

21 Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Lady, believe me, the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). 

Jewish worship is based on knowledge. Jesus answered by pointing her to God the Father. He is saying, never mind worship location, location, location. That’s all about to change. 

22 You people don’t know what you are worshipping; we worship what we do know, because salvation comes from the Jews. 

This is where the now-famous verse comes from, ‘Salvation is from the Jews.’ And so it came about, just as prophecied. 

23 But the time is coming — indeed, it’s here now — when the true worshippers will worship the Father spiritually and truly, for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him. 

What God wants is for us to worship from the heart as well as the head. Their worship was not based on knowledge. Soon and very soon, people will worship from their heart, based on knowledge. Head and heart together. 

24 God is spirit; and worshippers must worship him spiritually and truly.”

The only worship that is acceptable is worship that is spiritual. 

25 The woman replied, “I know that Mashiach (Messiah) is coming” (that is, “the one who has been anointed”). “When he comes, he will tell us everything.” 

Again the woman tries to change the subject! ‘Well, we’ll worry about that when the time comes…!’

26 Yeshua said to her, “I, the person speaking to you, am he.”

—-Summary

Then the ‘double whammy’ of Jesus saying:- ‘I (the person speaking to you) Am He.’ 

This admission by Jesus is before the event at Caesarea Philippi, where Peter announces, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’. (Matt. 16:13ff & Mark 8:27ff). 

Continues next time with part 3. 

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Suggestions;-

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.

Today’s verse

John 4:25 The woman replied, “I know that Mashiach (Messiah) is coming” (that is, “the one who has been anointed”). “When he comes, he will tell us everything.”  26 Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, “I, the person speaking to you, am he.”

Today’s Challenge

These stories John is choosing show that even where each person only met Jesus on one occasion – they believed. 

We are able to read all the stories and yet only have a fraction of the faith of those who met Jesus once and were transformed. 

James 1:22-24 says;- ‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.’

Jesus said;- “…when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). 

When Jesus comes, what will be said of your faith? 

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John 4: 1-14 The Samaritan Woman (Part 1) “Living Water”.

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymnAbove All…’  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_cxhf5ISeg

A Word in your ear

John 4: 1-14 The Samaritan Woman (Part 1) “Living Water”.

(Acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible.)

4:1 When Yeshua (Jesus) learned that the P’rushim (Pharisees) had heard he was making and immersing more talmidim (disciples) than Yochanan (John) 2 (although it was not Yeshua (Jesus) himself who immersed but his talmidim [disciples] ), 3 Yeshua (Jesus) left Y’hudah (Judah) and set out again for the Galil (Galilee). 

Jesus moved onto Samaria because the religious leaders were trying to create problems for John the Baptist, (see John 3:25). They used the number of baptisms by immersion of Jesus’ disciples to try to create friction which was their worldly way of thinking. But it didn’t work as John was happy to hear it as he had been pointing everyone towards Jesus anyway, which is where the famous saying comes from, ‘He must increase, and I must decrease.’ 

4 This meant that he had to pass through Shomron (Samaria).

Jews had been forbidden by religious leaders from going through Samaria as they were seen as traitors for marrying Gentiles during the exile. So Jews went 70 miles out of their way just so as to circum-navigate Samaria when traveling between Jerusalem and Galilee. 

5 He came to a town in Shomron (Samaria) called Sh’khem (Sychar), near the field Ya‘akov (Jacob) had given to his son Yosef (Joseph). 

Jesus was not going to avoid the Samaritans just to please the religious leaders. Jesus and His disciples arrived at the town’s water well.

6 Ya‘akov’s (Jacob’s) Well was there; so Yeshua, exhausted from his travel, sat down by the well; it was about noon. 

Jesus was exhausted as He had become truly human. 

7 A woman from Shomron (Samaria) came to draw some water; and Yeshua said to her, 

“Give me a drink of water.”

Jesus was gasping for a drink of water – which shows us just how human He was. 

8 (His talmidim [disciples] had gone into town to buy food.) 

Whilst Jesus had fed 5,000 men plus women, He didn’t use His powers for Himself. 

9 The woman from Shomron (Samaria) said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for water from me, a woman of Shomron? (Samaria?)” (For Jews don’t associate with people from Shomron.) 

Because of the point made earlier, at v.4 above, the woman was very surprised that a Jew was even talking to her as Jews were to hate Samaritans – hence the parable of the ‘The Good Samaritan’. 

10 Yeshua (Jesus) answered her, “If you knew God’s gift, that is, who it is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink of water,’ then you would have asked him; and he would have given you living water.”

Jesus answered at a deeper level immediately. Jesus was ‘incognito’. He was the Son of God who became human – in order to do a job. 

11 She said to him, “Sir, you don’t have a bucket, and the well is deep; so where do you get this ‘living water’? 12 You aren’t greater than our father Ya‘akov, are you? He gave us this well and drank from it, and so did his sons and his cattle.” 

The woman simply didn’t understand and just reduced the conversation back to earthly things!  

13 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again! On the contrary, the water I give him will become a spring of water inside him, welling up into eternal life!”

Summary.

Jesus didn’t blame her for her ignorance. He reverted the conversation back to higher things immediately. Jesus stuck to His point… that she would get thirsty again with this water but the water He gave would be a spring of water that constantly springs up inside forever and ever, giving life eternal, because it never stops…

Now finally Jesus had got her attention – which we look at next time. 

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’) Pray that western governments will not cave into MP’s introducing bills to make transgender teaching part of the school’s curriculum, as has started happening.
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? John 4:14 On the contrary, the water I give him will become a spring of water inside him, welling up into eternal life!”

 Today’s Challenge

The ‘Spring’ Jesus mentions in John 4:14 is the Holy Spirit.

Peter tells us that the Holy Spirit is available to all who repent and are immersed as believers… (Acts 2:38). 

We just have to ask. Have you?… (John 16:24).

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