Explanation of Scripture read by Orthodox Christians - The healing of the paralytic

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QUESTION 1

In the scriptures, physical afflictions like paralysis, blindness, and leprosy often indicate or point to an even more serious problem. What is it?

QUESTION 2

According to the scriptures, the witness of the fathers, and the overall mind of the church, what are at least two causes or reasons for physical infirmities?

QUESTION 3

What was the reaction of the Jews when Jesus healed the paralytic? Why?

QUESTION 4

Tell the story of the healing of the paralytic by the sheep's pool in your own words.

QUESTION 5

The healing took place during a feast. Speculate as to which one it may have been. In the services, the answer seems to have been given.

QUESTION 6

Why and how long did the paralytic wait for healing at the sheep's pool? Why is this pool so called? What made the water have healing properties?

QUESTION 7

What is pointed to by the healing in the water?

QUESTION 8

Who was the angel who "troubled the water"? Why do we know this?

QUESTION 9

What is significant about the paralytic's explanation for why he was not healed?

QUESTION 10

Compare and contrast the healing of the paralytic at the sheep's pool with the paralytic healed at Peter's house.





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