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25 July 2017

Ezekiel 47:1

The man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the Temple toward the east (for the Temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the Temple, south of the altar.

It will come from the Temple.

This is another of the most exciting passages from the whole of Scripture. It describes a time when life-giving “water” would flow from the Temple. In verse 3, it is ankle deep. In verse 4, it goes from knee to waist deep. By verse 5, it is deep enough to swim in – “a river that no one could cross.”

“I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river” (v 7).

He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region... When it empties into the Sea, the water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live” (v 8).

“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing” (v 12). (See also Psalm 1; Revelation 22:1-3.)

The “water” would bring life to all, it would flow from the Temple and everywhere it flowed, blessing and healing would follow.

The vision pointed to a time when the “water” of God – His Holy Spirit – would flow to everyone – not just a few. It would come from the very Presence of God (The Temple) and pour from there upon all who come into contact with it.

This is God’s promise. One day everyone will experience the life of God – the “water” for themselves and it won’t be just a trickle but will increase to such an extent that it will engulf everyone. It is a picture of the extravagance of God – more than enough for all.

Joel followed on by announcing that the Holy Spirit would be poured out upon young and old (see Joel 2:28-32). All these prophecies pointed forward but the people had to wait and wait and wait.

Then Jesus stood up at the Feast of Tabernacles and declared to all the people, ‘You who are enacting Ezekiel 47 by pouring water over the altar in the Temple, listen – “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink” (John 7:37). Jesus was declaring that not only was He God, but that the Holy Spirit would come from Him. Jesus would give the life-giving “water” – He is God and all who come to Him would receive that eternal life. (See also John 4:10-14.)

Then at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came, just as Joel had promised. From then on, He was there for every believer.

Have you been immersed, ‘baptised’ in and filled with the Holy Spirit?

How deep in the “water” are you?

The Holy Spirit is present with you, right where you are.

Why not ask Him to fill you again? Yes, now.

Go on. Go for a swim and experience the difference He can make in your life today.


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