John 5 Just outside of the Temple Mount area are ruins that are believed to be the pools of Bethseda where Jesus healed the paralyzed man. At this place “lay a multitude of sick people, blind, lame, and paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.” An angel at a certain time would stir the water and whoever stepped in first was healed. In scripture, it says that the sick man had his infirmity for 38 years. (IMPORTANT: In Hebrew, numbers are significant.) The number 38 means bondage. Jesus walked out of the temple and to the pool of Bethesda and asked him, do you want to be well? Get your mat and walk. Our discussion at this site was first of all, why did Jesus ASK if he wanted to be well? Many times there are issues in our life where we are “paralyzed.” The question is not can we be healed, but do we want to be healed? Is it easier to stay where we are at times for comfortability sake? Are we afraid of the healing and the opportunities it will bring? Do we lack the faith to take up our mat and walk? Bottom line, don’t choose paralysis over the kingdom. Issues that you are in bondage or struggle with, take up your mat and walk. Finally, in John 5, it says that this day that Jesus healed him on was the Sabbath. The Jews said to the healed man that it was not lawful for him to carry his mat on this day (on Sabbath, you are not allowed to work, etc.) and asked who it was that healed him. The discussion here, which my notes aren’t 100% readable on, state that Jesus never broke a written law. It was the oral law that was disputed over, which was what was “broken” here. …sorry, that’s all I can write up for today. Still to come on Day 1: Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane.