By Robert Guenther
We are concluding our review of the Gospel of John chapter four by considering the Lord’s visit to
Vs. 52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” This answer has the effect of strengthening the nobleman’s faith as our next verse reveals.
Vs. 53 So the father knew that itwas at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, “Thy son liveth:” and himself believed and his whole house. I think we can conclude that the other family members needed to hear about the timing of this miracle to help them believe the truth also.
Vs. 54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of
Ch.5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to
Vs. 2 Now there is at
Vs. 3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. There is a question about whether or not these ill people were actually healed at these pools or not. Let us carefully read our next verse concerning these sick people.
Vs. 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. Dr. Bullinger suggests that we add this parenthesis “For (it was said that) an angel”. The inserting of these words make it clear that there were those who believed that an angel would come and heal them, but the facts do not support that belief. We have no record that these sick folks were ever actually healed in this manner.
This is an example of religious superstition (false belief concerning healing) being used by the Lord to reveal the truth. continued¼.