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An exegesis on John 5:1-9 - Essay Example
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Name Instructor Course Date Theological Significance of John 5; 1-9 The portion of scripture narrates about a Jewish feast day, when Jesus went up to Jerusalem. It speaks about a pool called by the Hebrew language Bethesda, which means to be healed, and that the pool had five porches wherein lay many sick people, blind, halt, and withered, waiting for the moving of the waters…
’ The man answered Jesus about what had happened all along, that other invalids who probably were stronger than him would move faster and enter into the well before him and get healed while he continued ailing. This trend had continued for the past 38 years and thus the question must have seemed strange to the sick man (Bruce 67). Jesus continued and told the man rise, take up his mat and walk in spite of his protestations that he had no man to place him inside the pool when the water was troubled. As he obeyed the command of Jesus, the narrative continues, he was made whole, took up his bed and walked, and that the day was on a Sabbath. The narrative may look like an ordinary story of healing, but on closer examination, it has deep theological significance. The very first area of significance is the pool and its five porches, whereby number five in the Bible signifies Grace, the unmerited favor that God has extended unto mankind. It is through grace that the man was healed and not through his personal effort since he was very disadvantaged physically. ...
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