Estelle and Robert: To Know Him

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Chapter 22 (v.1) - Go and Sin No More

Submitted: July 23, 2019

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Jesus didn't hesitate to walk in on Bethesda's porches, not steering clear of even the most contagious sick groups. His eyes focused in on Noam. He knew how sick Noam was and for how many years. His face showed compassion, "Wilt thou be made whole?"

Noam knit his brows, bracing himself again as the pain rocked through him. Perhaps the Man was a stranger and had not heard how the pool worked. Whether or not He was a stranger he wouldn't have known. He barely remembered life before Bethesda's porch became his home. He didn't have enough strength to explain it, "Sir, I have no man when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another stepped down before me."

"Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." Immediately, Noam was made whole! He obeyed Jesus, taking up the bed that had been his resting place for countless years, walking away in utter shock and amazement.

 

"Hey! Hey, you there!" Ariel, one of the Jews called out.

Noam turned around, startled, "Yes?"

"It is the Sabbath, it's not lawful for thee to carry thy bed!"

"He that made me whole told me to."

"Who?"

"I don't know," Noam answered honestly. Truth be told, he wasn't aware that it was the Sabbath. The days ran together after a while. He hadn't noticed, either, that Jesus had left almost as quickly as He'd entered, a multitude being in the place.

Ariel seemed sufficed, his thick brows knotted nevertheless.

Afterward, Jesus found Noam in the temple, "Behold thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." Noam nodded soberly, departing to tell the Jews that it was Jesus which had made him whole again, not realizing that by sharing this information, the Jews would be obsessed with persecuting Jesus, seeking to slay Him, all because He'd healed Noam on the Sabbath.

But Jesus answered them, "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work."

This only infuriated the Jews more, to the point of being consumed with destroying Jesus, not just because of the breaking of the Sabbath day, but because Jesus was saying that God was His Father. He merely mirrored what the Father told Him to do, who they claimed to serve and worship. The Jews would hear none of it. Who dared make themselves equal with God?!

 


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