January 20th 2016
Are You Clinging to The Edge of the Pool?
In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 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. (John 5:3-4 KJV)
The pool or bathing area referenced in these verses is a pool having five porches or extended areas such as decks beyond the water. The pool is named Bethesda. Upon these various porches lay many injured and sick people waiting for the Holy Spirit to move and work in them. (Perhaps the modern day Bethesda Maryland Naval Hospital and other hospitals around the country who care for sick and injured people were named “Bethesda” after this Bible passage?)
The next passage tells us that an angel came and troubled, or stirred up the water. Any ill person who was laying on one of the five porches who could make it into this stirred water, which represents the Holy Spirit, were supernaturally cured of whatever disease or injury they faced.
However, there were many who were unable to make it to the healing water themselves, because of their present grave condition. They needed assistance to reach the healing waters.