The story of jesus healing the impotent man at the

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The story of Jesus healing the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda provides some light on this scenario. There were many sick and afflicted people surrounding the pool. According to tradition (which Jesus did not dispute), each year an angel came down and “troubled the water”. When that happened, the first one into the pool was healed of their affliction. This 14
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particular man had been afflicted for thirty-eight years. When questioned by the Savior as to why he didn’t get into the water, he replied that as he was struggling to enter the pool someone less afflicted and more mobile than himself stepped in before him. The Savior had compassion on him and said, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk” (See John 5:1-9). The example, however, comes from the fact that there was “a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered” (see verse 3). Since He was there and obviously had sufficient priesthood power to heal them all, why did He only heal the one man? It seems that the will of the Father was that only that particular man be the recipient of that blessing on that given day. Being the ultimate compassionate Being, surely Jesus would preferred to have healed them all. However He said later, “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him” (John 8:29). See also John 4:34, John 5:30, 3 Nephi 27:13, JST Matthew 12:44 for further examples. Jesus knew perfectly the will of the Father and never did anything contrary to that will. Therefore “a great multitude of impotent folk” went that day without being healed. Now comes the final two scenarios which require some additional analysis. Without carefully considering the implications involved, one may hastily draw an unwarranted conclusion. 6. Faith, no priesthood, but it is the will of God . The blessing is received. Every miracle, healing, sign, or wonder evident in the world around testifies that there are faithful people, not of the Church, whose faith seems sufficient to trigger miracles. Even in our modern scriptures the Lord seems to indicate that by faith miracles can happen, even without the priesthood. “For I am God, and mine arm is not shortened; and I will show miracles, signs, and wonders, unto all those who believe on my name. And whoso shall ask it in my name in 15
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faith, they shall cast out devils; they shall heal the sick; they shall cause the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak, and the lame to walk” (D&C 35:8-9, emphasis added). To the woman who had an “issue of blood” for twelve years and succeeded in touching Jesus’ garment, He said: “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour” (Matthew 9:22). Six more times the Lord spoke directly indicating that their faith had made them whole. (See Matthew 15:28, Mark 5:34, Mark 10:52, Luke 8:48, Luke 17:19, Enos 1:8). He apparently did not formally use the priesthood in any of these examples.
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