And the taught ones of Yochanan and of the Pharisees were fasting. And they came and said to Him, “Why do the taught ones of Yochanan and of the Pharisees fast, but Yours eat and drink and do not fast?”
And He said to them, “Are you able to make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them?”
“But the days shall come when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they shall fast in those days.”
And He also spoke a parable to them, “No one puts a piece from a fresh garment on an old one, otherwise the fresh one makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the fresh one does not match the old.”
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins, otherwise the new wine shall burst the wineskins and run out, and the wineskins shall be ruined. “But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved. “And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new wine, for he says, ‘The old is better.’ “
After this there was a festival of the Yehudim, and Yahushua went up to Yerushalayim. And in Yerushalayim at the Sheep Gate there is a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Beyth Zatha, having five porches.
In these were lying a great number of those who were sick, blind, crippled, paralyzed, waiting for the stirring of the water. For a messenger was going down at a certain time into the pool and was stirring the water. Whoever stepped in first, then, after the stirring of the water, became well of whatever disease he had.
And a certain man was there who had a sickness thirty-eight years. When Yahushua saw him lying there, and knowing that he already had been a long time, He said to him, “Do you wish to become well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Master, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
Yahushua said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
And immediately the man became well, and he took up his bed and was walking.
Now it was Sabbath on that day. The Yehudim therefore said to him who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, it is not right for you to take up the bed.”
He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ “
Therefore they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”
But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Yahushua had moved away, a crowd being in that place. Afterward Yahushua found him in the Set-apart Place, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, so that no worse matter befalls you.”
The man went away, and told the Yehudim that it was Yahushua who made him well. And because of this the Yehudim persecuted Yahushua, and were seeking to kill Him, because He was doing these healings on the Sabbath.
But Yahushua answered them, “My Father works until now, and I work.”
Because of this, then, the Yehudim were seeking all the more to kill Him, ‘because not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He also called Elohim His own Father, making Himself equal with Elohim.’
Therefore Yahushua responded and said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son is able to do none at all by Himself, but only that which He sees the Father doing, because whatever He does, the Son also likewise does.”
“For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all that He Himself does. And greater works than these He is going to show Him, in order that you marvel.”
“For as the Father raises the dead and makes alive, even so the Son makes alive whom He wishes.”
“For the Father judges no one, but has given all the judgment to the Son, that all should value the Son even as they value the Father. He who does not value the Son does not value the Father who sent Him.”
This portion of The Good News Series begins by traversing three of the four Gospels: Mattityahu (Matthew) 9:14-17, Marços (Mark) 2:17-22, and Luços (Luke) 5:33-39; and finishes in the Gospel of Yochanan (John) 5:1-23.
The first portion is a treatise on two differing concepts – the traditions of men and acceptance that He is Messiah. The traditions of men, or “traditions/customs of the elders,” were traditions handed down throughout the generations that were guarded/kept like the Torah of Mosheh, but were not part of the written Word. In fact, there are four to five recognized “fasting days” in Jewish tradition aside from Yom Kippur. Yahushua is trying to strip away the “traditions” to reveal the true freedom of the Father’s word and His Torah. If the Talmid of Yochanan and the Pharisees realized this, they would be filled with a new spirit, Yahweh’s Set-apart Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) like the filling of wineskins with new wine – alluding to the “new man of Spirit” versus the “old man burdened by the sins of the flesh.”
The second portion continues in the same manner as the first, taking place at the pool of Beyth Zatha, where the infirmed gathered to be healed. Beyth Zatha (in English – “Bethesda”) in Hebrew literally means “house of Olives.” Because of the man’s desire to become well, Yahushua heals him and restores him to uprightness, on the Sabbath Day (Shabbat). The Pharisees, after hearing of the miracle, cry the quickly becoming familiar phrase of “Blasphemy” because of the traditions of men (which they instituted). Yahushua then gives them another exhortation about the true will of the Father and His original intentions, not traditions made by men.
Unfortunately, some who read this part point to it and insist that the Shabbat has been done away with here – That is not the case! Messiah himself said, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Mat 5:18) If he nullified the Shabbat he would be in violation of Devarim (Deuteronomy) 13 & 18, making him a false prophet and disqualified as the Messiah. He was preaching to them about the vast amount of traditions that the Pharisees and the elders built up around the command for Shabbat observance, making the Shabbat into a burden instead of rest and freedom!
Finally, I encourage you to cling to the Messiah and follow in His ways, for He does the work of His Father! Strive for righteousness in His sight! Shalom Aleichem!