A man sat at the edge of this pool for decades. Jesus just happened to be walking by one day and asked the man a question. It seems like the lame man was full of excuses, but he was basing his reasoning on the only thing he knew. If he was able to get into the pool first, he would be well. He knew the process that needed to occur, but he couldn’t make it happen because of his inability to walk. Thirty-eight years is a long time to contemplate how to receive healing everyday. But, Jesus had a different response to this man’s reasoning. He offered him what he couldn’t have achieved on his own. He didn’t need the pool when Jesus was the answer…
Scripture: “I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household.
Scripture: “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will
Scripture: “One day long ago, God’s Word came to Jonah, Amittai’s son: ‘Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh! Preach to them. They’re in a bad way and I can’t ignore it any longer.’ But Jonah got up and went the other direction to Tarshish, running away from God.