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Living Water

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37-38 (NKJV)

So here was the setting; it was the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles—a day to celebrate the abundance of God’s blessings, and to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt.  The priests would bring water from the Pool of Siloam for 6 days and pour it out on the Temple floor, symbolizing God’s miraculous provision for them while out in the wilderness. 

On the seventh day, they would go back to the pool, but this time they would come back with empty containers and symbolically act as if they were pouring out water, but the jars would be empty.  This was to represent their crossing over into the Promised Land, and it would signify they were no longer in need of God’s miraculous provision of water.  They would then quote the following verse from Isaiah 44:3.

For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring; Isaiah 44:3 (NKJV)

So after the priests quoted the promises of God spoken to the people through the prophet Isaiah, Jesus stands up, as if this were His queue, and He says, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).

This wasn’t a coincidence; this was God’s divine timing, and it was God’s message to the world.  It’s interesting, because Siloam means, “Sent One.”  So the irony is, Isaiah was actually speaking about the coming Messiah in this same verse that the priests were quoting here at the Feast of Tabernacles.  Jesus was The Messiah, and He was The “Sent One” who was to pour out His Spirit upon all those who were thirsty, but many chose not to receive the truth, or His offer of living water. 

Here’s what we can learn from this story in John 7; the offer of living water by Jesus was unlimited, in that it was offered to whoever would receive it, but it was limited, in that it was only good to those who would receive it (John 3:16; 7:38).  Jesus’ offer of living water still stands today, and He has chosen to utilize us in sharing His offer with others.  Will you let God use you today?

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 7:37-38, what did Jesus promise to those who believe in Him?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing God to use you to share this eternal offer to those in your life?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to let the living water flow through our lives and into the hearts of others today.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for giving us Your living water to flow from our hearts.  Help us to share this offer with those who are in our lives today. 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott Wright.


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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