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Rivers of Living Water! Weekly Post! 3/9/2012

Ezekiel 47:1-12

“Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.

And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.

When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. 10 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. 12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

The man who is separated from sin and separated to the Scriptures has all the qualities of a strong, healthy, fruitful tree:  Planted by the rivers of water – he has a never-failing supply of nourishment and refreshment. It brings forth fruit in its season – he displays the graces of the Spirit, and his words and actions are always timely and appropriate. Jesus said: John 7:38“out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” meaning out of the person’s inward parts or inner life would flow streams of help to others. Arabah means: “A desert plain,” a dry place, where death abounds. This signifies to me people who are lost; they are in a desert place, searching for water, and shade. They either don’t know it or they haven’t found the life giving water yet, but are searching. Since God dwells in us (1 Cor 6:19), a stream of blessing should flow to others around us. If our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit as it states in 1 Cor 6:19, and Ezekiel saw this river flow from the threshold of the temple, then the fountain in us should flow out from us to others since we are the temple.

Pastor Dean

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