Dr. William T. Bailey, Jr.

SGWTBM January 1, 2021


Praise the Lord Jesus Christ for all He has done for us and from whom ALL blessing flow!

This chapter was written around 27 AD and begins the second period of the Lord’s ministry, from 5-6:11.

All in this chapter takes place in Jerusalem.
John 5: 1-15 represents the 3rd of 8 signs presented by Jesus.

John 5:1-15 King James Version (KJV)
5 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

  1. The feast of Purim is suggested, but uncertain. The Feast of Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from genocide during their exile in the Persian Kingdom. The Old Testament book of Esther provides the historical and theological background that explains the importance of the Feast of Purim.

2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
Nehemiah 3:1
King James Version (KJV)
3 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.

In the Revised Version (RV) It is translated “sheep gate”. In the KJV in is translated as “sheep market”. It is noted that it was near the Temple; the sacrifices for the Temple probably entered by it.
Daniel Webster defines pool as a small collection of water in a hollow place, supplied by a spring, and discharging its surplus water by an outlet.

D Webster’s definition is a gate, entrance or passage, or from a shelter.
John mention 5 porches. Five is the number for GRACE.
John 1:17
King James Version (KJV)
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
The impotent Man was under the law, BONDAGE, and it was by Grace that set him free.

This porch at the pool of Bethesda, was a covered colonnade in the Temple called Solomon’s porch.

REFERENCE: John 10:23 King James Version (KJV)

23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

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 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?
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 Jesus 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: and on the same day was the sabbath.
10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
12 Then asked they him, what man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
14 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.
15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

Before getting totally into the lesson, I would like to touch briefly on the 8 signs which in themselves a separate teaching.

The 8 signs themselves also reveals pairs, which divine order:

The 8 signs given in John’s gospel are:
1st Sign – The Marriage in Cana –
John 2:11
King James Version (KJV)
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

As can be noted in this miracle, Israel could have no joy, no supplies, no blessing, no glory.
Here you will note that Jesus manifests his glory. This sign is also connected to the 8th sign which I will cover later.

In terms of Israel’s state, look at what Isaiah had to say:
Isaiah 1:10-23
King James Version (KJV)
10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

2nd Sign – The Nobleman’s son – John 4: 46-50
John 4:46-50
King James Version (KJV)
46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.
48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
John 4:54 King James Version (KJV)
54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.

John 4:54 tells us that this is the second miracle and the demonstration of His power also called dunamis.

Other expressions/meaning of the miracle as expresses in verse 54, is inherent power, strength power that is put forth, Endowed power called physical strength, energy power and authority with power.

Miracles as expressed in the New Testament our termed:
Dunamis = power
Teras = a wonder
Semeion = a sign

Hebrews 2:4 uses all three words.
Hebrews 2:4
King James Version (KJV)
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
The English word for miracle is from the Latin word “miraculum”, and means “wonder and is most used with “Teras”.

Here is what Daniel has to say about signs and wonders.
Daniel 4:1-3
King James Version (KJV)
4 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
2 I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.
3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.

There many scriptures that speak of Signs and Wonders, here are some:


Dr. William T. Bailey, Jr.

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