Understanding the Scriptures
|Impotent folk (v. 3)||People without strength, powerless|
|Halt (v. 3)||Lame|
|Withered (v. 3)||Difficulty using arms or legs|
|Infirmity (v. 5)||Disease or handicap|
|Whole (vv. 6, 9, 11, 14–15)||Healthy, well|
|Conveyed himself away (v. 13)||Gone to a different place secretly|
|Committed (v. 22)||Given authority for|
John 5:4—“An Angel Went Down … and Troubled the Water”
It appears that the pool of Bethesda came from a spring that occasionally bubbled up. The tradition was that unseen angels caused the water to bubble and whoever was first to get in the pool after the water was “troubled,” or rippled, would be healed. This was just a superstition, but many seemed eager to try it, perhaps because they were hoping for an easy solution to their problem, or perhaps because they had tried everything else they knew of.
John 5:25, 28—“The Dead Shall Hear the Voice of the Son of God”
There are many prophecies in the Old Testament about the spirits in spirit prison who would be visited by the Son of God (see Psalm 88:10; Isaiah 24:22; 61:1). As recorded in John 5:25, 28, Jesus announced that He would soon fulfill those prophecies. He fulfilled them when He went to the spirit world after His crucifixion (see D&C 138:11–22, 29–35).
Studying the Scriptures
Do one of the following activities (A–B) as you study John 5.
Lessons from a Miracle
As is true for most of the miracles recorded in the New Testament, we can learn spiritual truths from what Jesus and people who participated in the miracle did or said. The following questions should help you focus on some of the truths that could be learned from the story in John 5:1–16.
What seems to be the reason why Jesus chose that man to be healed? (see vv. 5–6).
What does that teach us about Jesus?
How is the man like all who sin?
How is what Jesus said and did for the man similar to what He can and will do for all who sin and repent?
What did Jesus say could cause something worse than the handicap the man in the story had? (see v. 14).
Write the kinds of things you think the man said when he spoke to the Jews (see v. 15).
Like Father, Like Son
List the truths Jesus taught in John 5:17–47 about Himself and about Heavenly Father.
What impresses you most about what Jesus taught? Why?
How do these teachings show how Jesus and His Father in Heaven could not logically be the same Being?