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Bethesda (forthisday)

“Don't let your heart be troubled [trasso].

Believe in Yahweh. Believe also in me [Yahshua]”

  (John 14:1).

"1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Yahshua went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6 When Yahshua saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir; I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8 Yahshua saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked" (John 5: 1-9).

"For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled (trasso) the water: whosoever then first after the troubling (tarache) of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had" (John 5:4).

Questions to ponder on:

Verse 4 has amazed me: Why would an angel trouble the water? The word trouble is translated "trasso" which goes back to fear, agitated, stirred up. Now why would anyone want to step into a pool of agitation? Where is the wholeness in agitation? Why is it in verse 7 that the impotent man could not get to the pool? "I have no man, when the water is troubled "trasso” to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me". Can you imagine the commotion of the crowd and the disturbance of many fighting to get into the troubled water, thus explaining translation of troubling "tarache" back in verse 4. Yet Bethesda is supposed to be known as a "House of Mercy" or "flowing waters" (biblestudytools.com). Where is the mercy or flowing waters? Having to stir the waters could be a sign that the flowing waters may have been a bit stagnant.

This man was distracted from the truth having a troubled heart having no man to carry him into this ritual of waiting for the waters to be stirred up by an angel. I ask what kind of angel could this had been. Holy or unholy? Where is the peace of Yahweh?  “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don't let your heart be troubled "tarasso" neither let it be fearful” (John 14:27). The Man, Yahshua, banishing all the impotent man's fears rose up and walks at His word not needing the agitated pool, and immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked (John 5:8-9).

Cross, L.A. (2006). forthisday

(Folven, L.A. revised 2013, August).