Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Water of Life 

Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say,  Come.   Let him that heareth say,  Come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will,  let him take the water of life freely.”

Whosoever will:

Drink deep of this life giving flow!   That it might be in you, rivers of Living Water.

Have you ever noticed the force of flowing water?   It follows the path of least resistance.   It flows over fields, or roads.  It comes up to dams and stops;  unless the force of that flow is strong enough.

Water in scripture always speaks of the life giving influence of the Word of God, applied to my circumstances, by the Holy Spirit.

John 7:37-39 “In the last day,  that great day of the feast,  Jesus stood and cried,  saying,   If any man thirst,  let him come unto Me,  and drink.

                          He that believeth on Me,  as the scripture hath said,  Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

                          (But this spake He of the Spirit,  which they that believe on Him shall receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given;  because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

This feast was the Feast of the Tabernacles.   It was a feast of remembrance.  All the males of Israel were to come to Jerusalem for it,  so there would have been a large crowd gathered. 

The priests in the Temple, were to go out in procession to the wells outside the city,  and fill their vessels (jars), and bring them up the hill to the Temple.

They were singing as they went:  Isaiah 12.

Isaiah 12:2-3, 6 “Behold,  God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song;  He also is become my salvation.

                              Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the well of salvation.

                               Cry out and shout,  thou inhabitant of Zion:  for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”

Then they would come into the court, right before the steps going up to the Altar where they sacrificed,  and they would pour out this water,  singing this.

This they would do for six days.   The seventh day,  the great day of the feast,  they would gather in the court;  and stand there:  no water.  

They would again sing this song:  and wait in silence for a set time.

At that moment,  these verses tell what Jesus did before all these people gathered.  He moved out of the crowd, and onto the steps leading up to the Altar,  and…

“…Jesus stood and cried,  If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.”

He had offered Himself as the Bread of Life before,  and been rejected because they did not understand that “eating” this bread, was believing in Him as the Son of God.

And now Jesus offers Himself as the the Way for life giving water.

“He that believeth on Me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

He was speaking here, of the Holy Spirit which would be given to all who would receive His Words and believe in Him as Lord and Savior. 

He was speaking of the Holy Spirit, because He knew they would reject Him,  and He would be crucified, and raised the third day.

He was saying,   “I am offering you a way to have life;  through believing in Me,  the Holy Spirit will be given you.   When He comes to you,  it will be as refreshing, and forceful as a river of living water!”

Of course, they did crucify Him,  and He arose the third day;  going up to heaven and sending the Holy Spirit to us to comfort us.   

The Holy Spirit uses the Word, and becomes a force within us to help us, guide us, correct us,  and encourage us.   How much we need Him.

But are we “drinking” deeply of this life-giving flow?  Or have we blocked the flow in our lives somehow?

Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say,  Come.  Let him that heareth say,  Come.  And let him that is athirst come.   And whosoever will,  let him take the water of life freely.”

You see it says,  “To drink,…you must come.”

Come, as Jesus said, standing on the step.  Come to Him,  and receive.   Stop blocking it,  by unbelief,  or fear,  or grief,  or even just hesitation.   Yield to the Holy Spirit.

Just Come,  hear His Word,  and Drink the Water of Life,  freely.

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