I have no man to help me
I picked up the latest issue of Time Magazine last week and found that the entire issue was devoted to a celebration of Time 's sixtieth year in publishing. The theme of the magazine was, The most amazing sixty years in history. It was a review of many events of the past sixty years, a highly biased one, which centered around Time's own existence. Even for such dramatic years as the past sixty, I thought that claim was rather ludicrous.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Ain't Got No, I Got Life - Nina Simone
Why did no one help the man for 38 years?
I picked up the latest issue of Time Magazine last week and found that the entire issue was devoted to a celebration of Time 's sixtieth year in publishing. The theme of the magazine was, The most amazing sixty years in history. It was a review of many events of the past sixty years, a highly biased one, which centered around Time's own existence. Even for such dramatic years as the past sixty, I thought that claim was rather ludicrous. It reminded me of the man who said to me last week that his tie was the greatest thing since peanut butter!
I regarded both claims as having about equal validity. There have been some great events in the last sixty years, many of world-shaking importance, but none of them, or all of them taken together, can remotely approach the impact that has been made upon this earth and its inhabitants by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Any honest historian would have to admit that to be true.
No account of the explosion of an atom bomb, a voyage to the moon, or the outbreak of a world war equals in significance the words of John in his gospel, "the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth," John It is that marvelous life we are focusing on in this gospel. The fifth chapter marks a major division in the Gospel of John.
In the prologue, John introduces the life of Jesus, and in the first four chapters Jesus presents himself to the Jews as the promised Messiah. All of this increases the hostility against Jesus until it culminates at last in his death. After this [i. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. John RSV. For many years the site of this pool was lost, covered with the debris of the centuries, but about 20 years ago it was discovered and excavated.
I was in Jerusalem in , shortly after the porches were discovered. The pool is located to the north part of the Temple Mount, near what is now called St. Stephen's Gate, which is, in fact, the site of the Sheep Gate mentioned here. In these porches, set at various levels around the pool, during our Lord's time it was the habit of many to gather during feast days, hoping for a healing miracle.
Many versions include the verse in a footnote which explains why these people were there. They believed in a rather superstitious way that from time to time when the water was troubled -- when it would rise rapidly and then sink again -- that this was caused by an angel who visited the pool, and the first man who got into it when it was so troubled would be healed.
This is akin to what is found in many parts of the world today. Lourdes, in southern France, has a spa which many believe has healing capacities. The shrine of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, has thousands of crutches stacked along its walls where people have been healed in this special place where they thought they could receive a blessing from God.
The facts, of course, are that the pool of Bethesda, like many similar pools in the Jerusalem area, is an intermittent spring. At times water is released in surges from hidden reservoirs in the hills around the city, causing these springs to rise and fall suddenly.
This is what gave rise to the superstition about an angel troubling the pool. Undoubtedly healings did occur there. Even today healings take place in these special areas where people go, believing they can be healed. But most of these healings can be explained psychologically. When people believe they are going to be healed, and they are in a place where healings supposedly occur, and they do the expected thing, many of them are healed.
Thus the pool at Bethesda had established a reputation as a place where people could be healed. I used to think that this man at the pool at Bethesda had lain there for 38 years. But it does not say that; it says he had been ill for 38 years. We do not know why. He is not called a "lame" man or a cripple, in James Watts' vocabulary! He is weak, feeble, and unable to stand, probably because of some wasting disease -- perhaps cancer, tuberculosis, or multiple sclerosis.
In any event his disease made him unable to walk for 38 years. So here was a great crowd of people -- paralyzed, blind, lame, sick -- all waiting for the water to be troubled.
Out of that crowd Jesus picked one lone man. He did not empty the five porches, healing everybody. He did not invite them all to come down so that he might lay hands on them; nothing of that sort. He went to only one man. The value of a story like this, and the reason it is in the gospels, is not only to reveal to us who Jesus was -- truth about the Lord himself -- but also to show us how God proposes to deal with human helplessness and weakness.
Undoubtedly it was the helplessness of this man that drew Jesus to him. We all can see ourselves, in a sense, helpless, weak, crippled and lame, lying at the pool of Bethesda this morning. We all need help. We all find ourselves paralyzed at times, unable to do the thing we want or ought to do.
We find we are lame: we do not walk very well spiritually. This story is included in the gospels in order that we might understand how God proposes to help us through the ministry of Jesus. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed? What a strange question to ask of a man who had been sick for 38 years! But Jesus never asked a foolish question in his life. Obviously it was important for this man to answer at least to himself the question, "Do I want to be healed?
I know many people today who do not want to be healed. They do not want to receive divine help in their problems.
They do not want to be helped out of their weakness. They love their weakness, their helplessness. They are always craving the attention of others through their helplessness.
They sometimes flee assuming responsibility for their own lives. I have even seen people turn their backs on a way of deliverance they knew would work because they did not want to be healed.
I am sure if this man had answered Jesus along these lines our Lord would have gone his way and not done a thing for him. You cannot help somebody who does not want to be helped. One of the things that is true this morning, as our Lord moves among us, is that he will only ask this question of those who want to be healed. He will say nothing to those who do not. Some, perhaps, may not have yet reached the place this man had reached.
They are not helpless enough yet. They are not ready to give up on human efforts to solve their problems. They are not ready to admit they cannot make it on their own. They are still determined to get into the water when it is troubled. Jesus can do nothing for them. If indeed there are some here who identify with this man, and the Lord is saying to you as we go through this account, "Do you want to be healed?
If you say, "Not yet," or, "No, I don't," then there is nothing more for you; you may as well turn off your mind and not listen any further. The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me. In other words, "Yes, I want to be healed, but I cannot. I've tried, I've done everything I know how. I want to get into that water, I want to be healed, but I lack the ability; I've no one to help me.
I've given up. I have no hope. Many people here this morning are like that. They have given up on their situation, refusing to believe there is any hope it can change.
They see no way, from a human viewpoint, so they have resigned themselves to being weak, failing and faltering Christians for the rest of their lives.
I know there are some like that among us; there always are. I do not know what your problem is. Maybe you have tried to stop drinking. You know that alcohol is ruining your life, your family, your home. You thought you had it under control. You tried to stop but you discovered you could not. It is amazing to me how many people casually feel they are in control of something that really has control of them.
You have heard of the person who said, "It's easy to stop smoking. I've done it hundreds of times! Many of you have tried to stop taking drugs, but you discovered you are hooked; that a habit you began by innocent experimentation has got a hold of you although you want to stop. Maybe you have given up wrestling with an inner problem of lust, of reading pornography.
A young pastor told me recently that his problem was that he loved to read pornographic magazines -- a pastor! Outwardly he was giving the impression that he was one of God's men -- inwardly pure, living a lifestyle that was honoring to God -- but inwardly there was a giving way. He told me he could not pass a magazine store without going in and looking at filthy magazines, buying them and taking them home with him, hiding them.
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Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. John
The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. From the threshing floor, or from the wine press? Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will not eat of it; your donkey shall be torn away from you, and will not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you will have none to save you. Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help. Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; They stumbled and there was none to help.
Share This Verse:. Bible Verses like John Other Translations for John The impotent man answered him, Sir, I haue no man when the water is troubled, to put mee into the poole: but while I am comming, another steppeth downe before me. People's Bible Notes for John Joh I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool. His answer reveals the ideas that prevailed. The water was agitated at intervals, probably by an intermittent spring, and they supposed that the first one to enter after would receive the benefit. Only one could be healed at a time. No doubt many were, even without a miracle.
Sir, I Have No Man, by Pastor Bioye Segun
The Gospel of John described a miracle in which Jesus healed a man who had been crippled for 38 years. As explained in John , Jesus met the man, after traveling to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals, at the pool of Bethesda, a place that people went to in the hopes of being healed of their ailments. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well? While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.
The Bible text is a very interesting story with lots of lessons to learn. On the other hand in the same Jerusalem, there was a pool where people with pain travailed, it harboured sickness, diseases and a lot of misery. The same town but at different locations.
Miracles of Jesus: Healing a man who was crippled for 38 years
Parallel Verses. King James Version 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. Darby Bible Translation The infirm man answered him, Sir, I have not a man, in order, when the water has been troubled, to cast me into the pool; but while I am coming another descends before me.
Algernon Blackwood. Blackwood was born in Shooter's Hill today part of south-east London, but then part of northwest Kent and educated at Wellington College. His father was a Post Office administrator who, according to Peter Penzoldt, "though not devoid of genuine good-heartedness, had appallingly narrow religious ideas". Blackwood had a varied career, farming in Canada, operating a hotel, as a newspaper reporter in New York City, and, throughout his adult life, an occasional essayist for various periodicals. In his late thirties, he moved back to England and started to write stories of the supernatural.
I Have No Man
Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids— blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. We are coming to the end of the season of Easter. Over the past 6 Sundays we have been with the women at the empty tomb, locked away with Thomas, fishing on the other side of the boat with the disciples, walking in temple with Jesus at Hannukah, and back to Maundy Thursday with the new commandment to love. But today we reach way back into the story of Jesus. Before Last Suppers, betrayals, trials, crucifixions.
Bakers Creek Baptist Church. We have been studying the miracles that were preformed by Jesus in the Gospel of John. We have among other things looked at how the miracles tell us something's in regards to salvation. The 1st miracle was the changing of water to wine which tells us that there has to be a change from one state to another, from a sinner to a saint, from a child of the devil to a child of God, from being a condemned man or women to being redeemed.
Do you Want to Get Well?
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What does the Bible say about? Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms;. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.