We are in the midst of John 5 where have seen Jesus heal a disabled man on a Sabbath. This man had been in this condition for 38 years, equal to the time of the helplessness and hopelessness of the Israelites as they were punished for their sins in the wilderness during the days of Moses. This is the reason that Jesus selects this man over all the other people who are in this covered porch area. However, verse 9 tells us some somber words that is was the Sabbath and problems are going to arise for Jesus from the Jewish leadership.
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