Joyce Meyer turned Jesus into the invalid scolder. She had to restructure the story of the the sick man at the Pool of Bethesda in John 5: 1-16. It’s clear from verse nine that Jesus healed the guy because it says he became well. Glossing over that point is what makes her restructuring look valid, in my opinion.
Joyce frames the sick man as someone who was well enough to take up his mat on his own and get in the water to get healed. She portrays his statement about not being able to get to the water before others, as a whiny excuse from a man who is too lazy to want to get well. Joyce implies that Jesus was simply telling the guy to quit being lazy when he told him to pick up his mat and walk. From there she pivots and turns the story into an allegory to encourage people to just get over themselves and start moving past things if they want to get over emotional pains/issues.
Meyer robs scripture of a miracle by restructuring the story this way. She also becomes spiritually abusive. Her Facebook post asks people if they are waiting for a miracle, and then implies that people would get their miracle if they’d just get up and stop waiting.
What does this do to the chronically ill person, or someone on their deathbed? All it does is scold them and gives more discomfort instead of comfort. Meyer has a valid point in her swamp of scolding. That point is that yes, sometimes people need to just get over things and move on. Sadly she creates a cesspool of condemnation for those who are truly sick and can’t get over it by simply “getting up”.
5 After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in [a]Hebrew [b]Bethesda, having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [[c]waiting for the moving of the waters; 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.] 5 A man was there who had been [d]ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He *said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus *said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” 9 Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.
Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 10 So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.” 11 But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk’?” 13 But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus *found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” 15 The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.”
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