The Pool of Bethesda
“Beth hesda” is Hebrew for “House of mercy”
Interestingly enough, Bethesda, Maryland is named after the old Bethesda Meeting House, which takes it’s name from the Pool of Bethesda story in the Bible.
I used to live and work in Bethesda, Maryland, and I’ve long thought how interesting it is that, today, there are three major medical facilities within walking distance of the old Bethesda Meeting House: National Institutes of Health (NIH), the old Bethesda Naval Hospital, which is now called Walter Reed Military Hospital, and Suburban Hospital.
Bethesda Meeting House
“The background of the church and its various congregations is inextricably linked with the history of Montgomery County. In fact, the name of the modern community of Bethesda takes its name from the church. The word refers to a place of healing mentioned in the Bible…” Read more: Bethesda Meeting House http://mht.maryland.gov/nr/NRDetail.aspx?NRID=423
Pastor Jeff Riddle: Should John 5:3b-4 be in the Bible?
“I posted to sermonaudio.com this evening Word Magazine 39: Should John 5:3b-4 be the Bible? In this episode I weigh the external and internal evidence regarding this controversial passage on the angel stirring the waters at the pool of Bethesda. I conclude that the traditional text, which includes these verses, should be affirmed…” Continue reading: Should John 5:3b-4 be in the Bible? http://www.jeffriddle.net/2015/07/word-magazine-39-should-john-53b-4-be.html
Jesus Heals at the Pool of Bethesda
After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
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.
And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
When Jesus 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?
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.
Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.”
And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
John 5:1-18 (King James Version)