Behind our house, we have a fresh water creek that comes out of the mountains melt off.
The other day my husband was explaining to me that no matter what we do, we cannot stop the water from going where ever it wants to go. I thought that we could dig a deeper trench in the middle of it and put a bunch of rocks up like a barrier so that it would not overflow and come up to damage our house. He said no, that the water would go wherever it wants to, that it is strong enough that no matter how big of rocks we used, if the water wanted to go around the rocks, or even under them; it could. He also reminded me that it is a fresh water run and the only folks who can do anything in the creek are the folks from Oregon Fish and Game.
While I was making cookies this morning, I thought of this passage:
John 7:37-39 ¶ And on the final Sabbath day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Yahushua stood and cried out saying, “If anyone would thirst he must continually come to Me and he must continually drink. (38) The one who believes in Me, just as the scriptures said, rivers of living water will flow out of his inner being.“ (39) And He said this about the Spirit, which those who believed in Him were about to take: for the Spirit was not yet given, because Yahushua was not yet glorified. ~ ONMB *
I was thinking then about how the creek goes where ever it wants to and how when we surrender all to Yahushua and believe that Yahushua is the Son of Elohim (God), He sends the Holy Spirit when we call upon His name and the Holy Spirit takes up residence with in-us. When He comes, it is no longer we who live, but He Who lives with-in us.
When we get thirsty for new fresh water, either we go to Yahushua ( Some call Him Jesus) on our knees or we go to reading our Bibles so that our thirst can be quenched. When we continually drink of the Living Water, we stay satisfied for a bit but then we must go back and get our thirst filled again. At least I do anyway. I think most believers do.
Nevertheless, when I compared the Living Water to the creek that flows behind our home, I could not help but think that the natural water source goes where it wants and moves where it wants as my husband said.
However, the Spiritual Living Water only yields to the Life from which it comes. We do not tell the Holy Spirit what to do, Elohim does that. We yield to what the Holy Spirit shares with us and we are guided like a river of fresh water because only the Holy Spirit knows which way we should turn in all situations.
When I came to re-read this passage, something Yahushua said caught my attention. He said, ‘just as the scriptures said’. Therefore, I decided to look up exactly where the scriptures had said ‘rivers of living water will flow out of his inner being‘.
Because the New Testament had not yet been written, I had to go back to the Tanakh. (Old Testament) I also had to do a little research because I could not find these exact words in the Tanakh. However, I stumbled on something I found to be very interesting.
The last day of the Feast of Tabernacle is called a Sabbath as commanded in the Torah. The beginning and end of most all of the feast’s were called Sabbaths because Yahwey said they were to be a holy convocation and to do not work there in.
During the Feast of Tabernacles the people would leave their permanent homes and build hut like temporary living quarters made from palm and willow branches to remind them of the days when their forefathers had lived in the wilderness and what that life style was like when they lived completely depending on what Elohim had provided.
Exodus 12:16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
On the Last Great Day, as it is called in most Bibles; it has been said that the priest would carry a gold pitcher of water from the Pool of Shalom to be poured out in a basin at the foot of the altar.
Some say that the pitcher of water was drawn the night before from the the Spring (Fountain) of Siloah and some say that it was drawn the day of. In any case, we get the idea that it was a huge time of celebration because it was done with great joy and happiness, with singing and dancing. This was called “Simchat Beit Hashoeva” — the “joy of the drawing.” Today’s Simchat Beit Hashoeva is a commemoration held on the Eighth Day, and a fulfillment of the Mitzvah to rejoice on the holiday of Sukkot.
This water pouring symbolized prayer for rain. This rather made sense to me because the fall rainy season usually began sometime after the last Holy Day of the year, which was the one, mentioned in our subject passage. I believe this rainy season is referred to as the latter rain in Israel.
This ceremony was said to have been carried out on what Elohim termed the Eighth Day. Nevertheless, the Apostle John called this day ’ the last day, that great day of the feast’.
Leviticus 23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
This water pouring ceremony was supposidly also a symbol of the outpouring that would come of the Ruach Hakodesh (The Holy Spirit) on the children of Israel, which was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah and others.
Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 44:3-4 For as I shall pour water upon him who is thirsty and floods upon the dry ground, I shall pour My spirit upon your seed, and My blessing upon your offspring and they will spring up as among the grass, like willows by the watercourses. ~ ONMB
Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD will guide you continually, satisfy your very being in drought, and relive your bones. Then you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. ~ ONMB
This from the Prophet Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 11:19-20 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh so they can walk in my statutes, and keep My ordinances, and do them: and they will be My people, and I will be their God. ONMB
The Prophet Joel had these words to say about the coming of the Ruach Hakodesh.
Joel 3:1-3 ¶ And it will be afterward, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions and I shall pour out My spirit upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days, and I shall show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke. ONMB
Many folks believe that the water pouring ceremony was in observance when Yahushua spoke these words found in our subject passage of John 7:37-39. We do not know all of the details because no-one is around from that era to tell us. In any case, disciple John recorded the words that Yahushua spoke on the last great day. Not only that but the disciple also believed that the living water represented the Holy Spirit about to come.
And He said this about the Spirit, which those who believed in Him were about to take: for the Spirit was not yet given, because Yahushua was not yet glorified. ~ verse 39
The disciple John is basically calling this water ‘the Holy Spirit’ and that those who believed in Yahushua were about to take. Not only that but this water would be ‘out flowing’ from the belly of those who believed in Him.
However, there actually was a message to the people. Yahushua knew that the people were spiritually dry and empty and in need of something more. They needed more than this water ceremony. They needed the real thing. They needed the Living Waters. They needed more than just a religious walk. They needed substance, not circumstance.
The performance of the water ceremony was just that. A performance. Yes, a type of something yet to come that would quench their real thirst. It was the pouring out of the Holy Spirit that the people needed. They were thirsty for more than just observing a performance.
In a sense, living in the wilderness like they did in the days of old when they camped around the base of Mount Sinai, depending solely on Yahwey for everything is what the Holy Spirit does for us now. Elohim has once again provided and made Himself available in the form of the Holy Spirit to guide us on the journey of our lives. Instead of living in a physical hut made of palm and willow branches, we have become the temporary housing where the Holy Spirit lives. ‘God with us’.
Lets examine a few words a bit closer. The word ‘belly’ in the Greek is koilia, the phonetic spelling would be koy-lee’-ah from koilos (“hollow”); a cavity, i.e. (especially) the abdomen; by implication, the matrix; figuratively, the heart:–belly, womb.
To state what Yahushua is asking the people in a different light, He is asking: “Do you truly want the Living Waters of the Holy Spirit? If anyone desires what this symbolizes – let him continually come to Me – I am the Messiah who will pour out the Spirit upon Israel!
In verse 39 of John chapter 7 the words Holy Spirit is hagios pneuma, pronounced hag’-ee-os pnyoo’-mah
sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated):–(most) holy (one, thing), saint.
a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit:–ghost, life, spirit(-ual, -ually), mind.
If I were to put the meaning into a sentence, I would say that the Holy Spirit is a most sacred rational soul with the mind of Christ.
To appreciate the significance of Christ’s offer of His living water, it is important to remember Zechariah’s vision of the coming of the Lord when ‘living waters will flow out of Jerusalem.’ On that day, all the nations will come to Jerusalem ‘ to keep the feast of booths’ (Zech 14:8,16). The very same Feast of the Lord that is referred to as the Feast of Tabernacles.
It makes complete sense to me that Yahushua would take this opportunity to extend the invitation during the water ceremony, to come to Him and drink from the Fountain of Living Water.
This promise is still and invitation to anyone who would come to Him. Anyone who comes to Him can continually drink. Not only drink, but also once they drink from The Fountain, out of their inner being rivers of living water will flow and others will benefit.
Is your water pitcher empty? When was the last time you took a refreshing drink? Have you had enough to drink so that you can pour out of your inner being and share with others?
The spring rains are about to begin falling in our area. The ground is thirsty. Once the creek fills up, in a little while it will slow down its mad rush and my husband will dip the pump into a big water hole. This is when we begin to irrigate the alfalfa field from the creek here on the farm. As long as the creek flows, we will have water. Once the natural flow stops, we have to turn to our well and will have to dig deeper to access the water from under the earth.
It really isn’t so different from how we go about our lives in the natural just trying to get by. It is when we get thirsty that we realize that we too must dig deeper and go to the well that provides the fountain of water that springs up into everlasting life.
What was it Yahushua said to the woman at the well? “Everyone who drinks from this water will thirst again: whoever would drink from the water which I shall give them will never thirst again, but the water which I shall give will become in him well water springing up into eternal life.”
Water is a metaphor for the Torah, (The teachings of Elohim) and for the Holy Spirit whom is the life source of the blessings.
The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth, proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. The fruit of the Holy Spirit grows naturally, out of faith and trust.
However, Living Water indicates everlasting life in this passage. Nevertheless, before a tree can bear fruit, it needs lots of water to grow the tree. Elohim is trusting in us to continually drink from the Fountain of Living Water. His invitation is always open and the Living Water will never run dry.
¶ And the angel showed me a pure river of water of life, bright as crystal, going out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of its street of it, also on each side of the river, is a tree of life making twelve fruit, yielding its fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree are used for the healing of the multitudes. And there will no longer be there anything that is cursed. And the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will serve Him and they will see His face, and His name will be upon their foreheads. And there will no longer be night and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will give light upon them, and those whose names are written in the Lambs Book of Life will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22:1-5 ~ ONMB
And the Spirit and the bride are saying, “You must come. And the one who hears must now say, “You must come.’ And the one who thirsts must come faithfully, the one who wants must now take the water of life as a free gift.” ~ Revelation 22:17 ~ ONMB
The One Who testifies these things says, “Indeed, I am coming quickly,” ~ Amen,
You must come, Lord Yahushua. The grace of the Lord Yahushua be with all of you. ~Revelation 22:20-21 ~ ONMB
* ONMB is One New Man Bible by Reverend William J. Morford
Written January 23, 2012
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