John 5:1-18

 Pastor Troy VanHorn

11/18/2018

PROGRESSIVE BELIEF                         

 

HEAD:  What did I learn?

(How did my understanding of God change, what thought, fact, or insight did I discover?)

 

 

HEART:  What did I feel?

(Does it match up with what God has said about me in His Word? Does it move me closer to Him or separate us?)

 

 

HANDS:  What will I do about it?

(Is there a sin to repent of and confess, is there an attitude to change, a behavior to stop or start?)

 

 There are many myths in our culture. Sasquatch, Loch Ness’s Nessie, Chupacabra, etc…but not many about healing. What are some myths that you have encountered?

 

What is the longest you have suffered with a problem? It may be a health issue, a difficult relationship, or another life situation. How long? How many minutes, days, months…years? Are you still suffering in this? How did you experience relief or healing? If you have not experienced relief yet, how is your mind and heart while you are in the waiting room?

 

 The man at the pool did not understand God’s healing power and grace. He felt he needed to win some kind of race to be healed. He needed to do something before God could (or even worse-would) heal him. Consequently, he had given up. He was still there, but he was defeated. Have you ever felt that way? If you could just get right. If you could get lined up a little bit, that God would then hear your prayer or respond favorably to your requests? Fortunately, we know God hears our prayers-and responds. It is not based on our effort or place. It is based on his attributes, character, and nature.

 

 Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath. The Jews saw Jesus as only a man, and for this they took offense. When Jesus said “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” The Sabbath was a day of rest, created for man, (Gen. 2:2-3, Ex 20:8-11, & Mk 2:27-28). Because Jesus is God, he was not bound by this law. The Jews, not believing what Jesus was claiming of himself, become angry because they see Jesus as blaspheming. This begins, from John’s Gospel, the resistance/opposition to Jesus.

 

 John structured his Gospel around a Cana cycle, CH 2-4, and a feast cycle CH 5-11.  The feasts/celebration/rememberances were significant. Take a look at the foci of the feasts…This may help you with understanding the OT structure and themes! In case you were wondering, the emphasis is on Scripture and fellowship!

 

The Primary Focus of the Major Biblical Feasts:

 

 

Repentance

  Testifying

Praise/Thanks

  Scripture

    Fellowship

Trumpets

X

 

X

X

X

Atonement

X

 

 

X

X

Booths

 

X

 

X

X

Purim

 

 

X

X

X

Unleavened Bread

X

X

 

X

X

Passover

 

X

X

X

X

First Fruits

 

X

X

X

X

Pentecost

 

X

X

X

X

 

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Giles, Kevin. The Eternal Generation of the Son. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012.

John H. Walton, Victor H. Matthews , & Mark W. Chavals. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2000.

Kostenberger, Andreas. A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009.

Lange, John Peter, and Philip Schaff. A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: John. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2008.

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Tremper Longman & David E. Garland, Robert Mounce. The Expositor's BIble Commentary: Vol 10 John. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.

 

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