“And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. It shall be made with cherubim skillfully worked into it. Exodus 26:31 (ESV)
It is wonderful that in God’s detailed design, building and assembly instructions for the tabernacle there is room for artistry. God is the original artist. Skilful and artistic expression have their place in service and worship.
You shall make it hollow, with boards. As it has been shown you on the mountain, so shall it be made. Exodus 27:8 (ESV)
Like Jesus said, whatever we do we should do in accordance with what God has shown us. This could be for example through his word, our Pastors or something the Lord has laid on our hearts.
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” John 5:6 (ESV)
Jesus asks us the same question today, because if the answer is yes he has the power to accomplish it in his sovereign grace as we see later in verse 8
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” John 5:14 (ESV)
Although all sickness is connected to the fall and in general illness and misfortune happen to all so we must all repent, in this case Jesus is talking about some specific sin committed by this man leading to his state of illness. Specific sins can lead to illness and even death so if God brings healing and deliverance in these cases it is imperative that we do not return to that sin as Jesus warns this man.
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