Answers for the Gospel of John Chapter 5

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Questions and Answers

1. Why do think Jesus asked the invalid man if he wanted to get well?

He had been there for 38 years – certainly enough time by most standards to become well, which may have indicated that the man lacked the will

2. From the invalid man’s response what did he not understand about Jesus?

He did not understand that Jesus could heal him much more easily than the waters of the pool

3. What law do the Jews refer to in verse 10?

The fourth commandment

8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 20:8-11 KJV

Questions and Answers

1. Why did the man become an invalid?

Because he sinned as implied by Jesus in verse 14 where he states "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."

2. Read Ps 107:17-19; Mark 2:1-5; Mark 2:8-12 and John 9:1-5. What can we conclude regarding sickness and the consequences of sin from these verses?

Sometimes sin can result in diseases in this life but not always; but sin always results in death in the next life unless you are saved by Jesus Christ

3. Why do you think the Jews asked the man who it was that healed him?

Because the man had ordered the healed man to pick up his mat and walk on the Sabbath, therefore he was “guilty” also.

Questions and Answers

1. The Jews sought to kill Jesus for 2 things that he did. What were they?

  1. According to verse 16 . . . "because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him.”
  2. According to verse 18 . . . "the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”

2. According to Jewish law, was death the prescribed punishment for doing work on the Sabbath?

Yes, according to Exodus 31:14-15

14 "'Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death; whoever does any work on that day must be cut off from his people. 15 For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death. KJV

3. List 5 things we learn about God the Father from verses 17-27.

Here's 11 things

  1. Father is always at his work
  2. Father loves the Son
  3. Father shows the Son all he does
  4. Father will show the Son even greater things
  5. Father raises the dead and gives them life
  6. Father judges no one
  7. Father has entrusted all judgment to the Son
  8. Father sent the Son
  9. Father has life in himself
  10. Father has granted the Son to have life in himself
  11. Father has given the Son authority to judge because he is the Son of Man

Questions and Answers

1. List 2 things from verses 17-27 God the Father has given the Son or authorized the Son to do.

  1. He has entrusted all judgment to him (vs 22)
  2. He has granted the Son to have life in himself (vs 26)

2. Read Matthew 12:1-14. Why do you think Jesus healed on the Sabbath?

Jesus had compassion on the man; also he said that the “Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath…and it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."

3. For what 2 reasons did God the Father give Jesus the authority to judge?

  1. That all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father (vs 23)
  2. He has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man (vs 27)

Questions and Answers

1. From verses below, state the ways that testimony is given for Jesus Christ:

  • Verse 33: John the Baptist
  • Verse 36: the very work the Father has given me to finish
  • Verse 37: the Father
  • Verse 39: the Scriptures

2. Whose testimony Jesus does not accept?

Human testimony

3. Why do you think Jesus would not accept human testimony?

Because he was God. He is not justified or approved by men, he does not need man’s testimony for his justification.

Questions and Answers

1. List the mistakes or shortcomings of the Jews (as pointed out by Jesus) in the following verses:

  • Verse 38: God’s word does not dwell in their hearts and they did not believe in Jesus
  • Verse 40: Refused to come to Jesus to have eternal life
  • Verse 43: Did not accept Jesus
  • Verse 47: Refused to believe what Moses wrote

2. Whose testimony was weightier than John the Baptist?

The works of Jesus

3. How do we accept praise or testimony from people and how can that sometimes be out of line with God’s will?

When we do not give God the glory for anything we accomplish and act as though or claim outright that we ourselves are the reason for an achievement.