Day 1: John 5:1-15

Stories: Healing of the lame man

Curiosities:

1) Why does John give us such detail about the gate and the area surrounding the pool?

2) Why would Jesus ask the man if he wants to get well?

3) Why did Jesus tell the man to pick up his mat on a Sabbath? Why not leave it there? This is the thing that offended the Pharisees about the healing.

Paradoxes: Why would Jesus ask the man He healed to pick up his mat when it was forbidden by Jewish law? Wouldn’t that be disrespectful to the governing authorities? (Even though the law was not biblical, but a derivative)

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