He warned them against the danger of personal and national emptiness. Unless that is your goal, studying the Bible is a waste of time; coming to church will make little or no difference in your life. All that the one out of whom rivers of living water are flowing is conscious of is belief in Jesus, and maintaining a right relationship to Him. Have you been refreshed by the living water only Jesus can provide? Now there is a light where there once was darkness (Jn 8:12 = "“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life”, Acts 26:18 = "from darkness to light," Col 1:12-13 = "saints in light...rescued from darkness"), for we have exchanged ‘beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness’ (Isa 61:3). If we do, we will never become Dead-Sea Christians.-- Richard De Haan (Our Daily Bread). Believes (4100)(pisteuo from pistis; pistos; cf related studies the faith, the obedience of faith) means to consider something to be true and to accept it as genuine or real. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, and presently emerge again broader and grander than ever. Jer 2:13. Answer, bid, bring word, command. 12 "You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?" They have no energy welling up and overflowing to go streaming out of them like rivers. I am glad that I drank early of the living water. The seat of life is not in the heart, but in the stomach. That is thirst, not just a casual, ordinary, normal inclination to drink water. If "he that winneth souls is wise" Greear) (See his interesting book if you have some doubts about this subject or about your own personal salvation. ... Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month (Tishrei/Tishri - first month of civil year, seventh month of the ecclesiastical year) is the Feast of Booths for seven days (Dt. Ps. Of the four species of plants enumerated in Leviticus 23:40, on which the carrying of the lulab is based, tradition takes "the fruit of splendid trees" (ESV)...to designate the citron....It is evident from Josephus and the Talmud that the custom of carrying the lulab and the etrog was well established in the time of the Maccabees. Subscribe to the Verse of the day. I pray that we may all get it; for because Jesus Christ is glorified therefore the Holy Spirit is given in this fashion, given more largely to those in the kingdom of heaven than to all those holy men before the Lord’s ascent to his glory. The cherubim’s wings were to cover the mercy seat in the tabernacle (Ex 37:9) and the temple (I Chr 28:18). There is only one way to account for such results. Wine changes the face, the walk, the talk, creates a commotion, and stimulates to hilarity, though it be a false joy; but the Holy Spirit fires the soul with heavenly wine and produces a holy hilarity. "I didn't ask for feeling," he replied, "I was asking for the Holy Spirit." Why did He do it? 14:16-19)....The chief element in the celebration would have been the making of booths, in which the men slept and ate during the first seven days. But the living water He provides also serves another function. Conferences, retreats, and books can all bring encouragement, but if you are a Christian, the source of living water already resides within you. At this time Ezra read from the Book of the Law about the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles (Neh 8:1-11). A little more and they will stone me.” 5 Then (expression of time) the LORD said to Moses, “Pass before the people and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand your staff with which you struck the Nile (Ex 7:20-21), and go. Browse Sermons on John 7:38. John 7:38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” Read verse in New International Version True conversion goes beyond religion—which is why religious people are often the last to be converted. To live, be alive. KJV Usage = womb 12, belly 11. So if a believer is thirsty, where should he go to have that thirst quenched? means first a writing, a thing written or a document. Religious people trust in their religion—but their lives are never changed. Pentecost is on the church calendar but it is not the churches' condition. (Mishnah Sukkah 5.1). To the Holy Spirit? Of course, such living water is generally free and moving, but that character is secondary to its origin.....In fact, this living water was considered to be so potent that only a drop of it was required to transform an entire bath of common water into something that would cleanse ritually. Have you tried to bring even one lost sheep into the Savior's fold? 14:6–8, 17. - Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart- How to Know for Sure You Are Saved- J.D. Anyone who has experienced conversion, receiving Christ by faith for salvation, ought have no difficulty with this further step. When one reads the story of these powerful fountains of living water, he is more than ever impressed with the thought that most of us today are strangely like pitchers from Siloam! Each was perforated with a small hole, like a nostril [at the bottom]. This is a promise from the Son of God to all who will come to Him and drink: Out of your innermost being will flow rivers of living water. So can yours! Life is a channel, attached to infinite resources. This was a daily event. They go to church and go through the motions, they may even pray the prayers and say all the right words, but they have a Sahara heart—hot, parched, barren, empty. Other water was collected in cisterns during the infrequent rains and was not flowing (accounting for God's use in Jer 2:13, a picture with which the Jews would have been very familiar.) There must be good connections upward, and a clear channel inward, but the objective point is outward toward a parched earth. This is the fruit of being ‘born again’ (Jn 3:3). Just as Christ in us is but the hope of glory, greater glory to come (Colossians 1:27), and as the Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, foretaste of more to follow (Ephesians 1:14), so the Spirit-filled life ever increases from joy to joy, from power to more power, until it comes to perfection in heaven. River of God, I live in a dry, barren land. Indeed, it is easy to see that most of us have failed at the very outset of this matter,—"IF ANY MAN THIRST." R. Jehudah saith, "They poured out one lug on each of the eight days. Dead-Sea Christians - The Dead Sea is so salty that it contains no fish or plant life. Up they started for the top of the hill, and examining the pipe, found the plug which some vicious tramp had inserted. We are told in the simple language of the Gospel record that "many believed on Him because of the word of the woman." In John’s view, Jesus is the divine source of water that renews and purifies. When our hearts grow weary, Has there been a flood-tide in your heart, a filling up from above until the blessed stream had to find an outlet somewhere, and produce a harvest? If it does not issue in love for souls and testimony and faithful labour for the Lord, it is a false blessing. They have life, but they do not have “it more abundantly” (John 10:10). I do not believe it for a moment. So in thinking about this text we must talk about our experience, but it will be all in vain if Jesus doesn't shine through as distinct and powerful and beautiful over all. If the enemy surrounded them, they would not have access to life-giving springs and fresh-flowing streams to quench their thirst. And the population increased and the place had quite a western boom. Then she began to write letters witnessing to the grace of God. A river, torrent, stream. (Tabernacles) There will be a literal river, but the river will symbolize the free flow of the Spirit throughout the entire earth. If biblical scholars are right, the author of the Fourth Gospel likely wrote this story of Jesus to bolster the confidence of a community of Jewish Christians … Continue reading "Commentary on John 7:37-52" That packs into a sentence Jesus' ideal of what a true Christian down in this world should be, and may be. We know also that the Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost once for all. 12:3; Isa 43:20; Isa 44:3; Isa 55:1. As he breathes, he shall breathe benedictions; as he thinks, his mind shall be devising generous things; and when he acts, his acts shall be as though the hand of God were working by the hand of man. Not only must all be surrendered but abandoned—for surrender is not abandon, we do not always leave with Him what we commit to Him. Many inlets plus no outlets equals a dead sea. We have a built-in filling station that is always pumping fresh life into us. What Jesus did with her, He longs to do with you, and far more, if you will let Him; though his plan for using you may be utterly different from the one He had for her, and so the particular results may differ too. Our thirst is quenched, and we are made to live in Him. life and love flow through me as I go about my I am glad that I started out drinking good water from an old oaken bucket. Then add a second clause to that prayer—"By Thy grace helping me, I will put it out whatever it may cost, or wherever it may cut." A Spring of joy I see." I think I am not going beyond the grievous truth if I say that only here and there will you find men and women who have believed up to that point. (1Cor 10:1-4-note) (See related discussion - Typology-Study of Types = Great caution and discernment is necessary when interpreting OT stories as types! There they lie, dead and motionless as the mud itself. If you are experiencing spiritual dryness right now, is it because you have been attempting to find your source of spiritual refreshment from man-made sources, which will fail you every time? What are they saying? You see, there is a distinct promise to the children of God, that their heavenly Father will give them the Holy Spirit if they ask for His power; and that promise is made to be exceedingly strong by the instances joined to it. O God, help me to link my channel to Your infinite resources. Along these lines one can understand the statement that rivers of living water will flow out of those who drink. He said: "Ye shall have power." It was the last day of the feast. The deep change Jesus makes touches us at the very core of who we are. Has your soul ever panted after the fulness of His Spirit as the hart pants after the water brooks? (Water, Wine, Wind, Fire - Keep Believing Ministries), Living water - Jesus used the same metaphor, living water, to describe Himself in His encounter with the Samaritan woman -, Jn 4:7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. True conversion is more than walking an aisle, saying a prayer, or raising a hand. On this feast day our Lord not only invited us to drink, but said further: "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, from within him shall flow rivers of living water." Friberg summarizes koilia - (1) literally, the hollow part of the body; (a) where food is digested stomach, belly (Mk 7.19); (b) where reproduction takes place womb, uterus (Lk 1.15); (2) figuratively; (a) the inner self innermost being, heart (Jn 7.38); (b) desires, appetites (Ro 16.18) (Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament- Barbara Friberg and Neva F. Mille), Koilia - 22x in 21v - NAS Usage = appetite(1), appetites(1), belly(1), innermost being(1), stomach(7), womb(11), wombs(1). Why not? But very few have done that, and, besides, it has been asked with real insight: "If we conceive of the Christian life as only a gradual growth in grace, is there not a danger that we come to regard this growth as both invisible and inevitable and so take little responsibility for its accomplishment?". He is the source of all blessing. Then joy and peace will begin to bubble up and even overflow. Koilia frequently refers to the womb (Mt 19:12; Lk 1:15, 41-42, 44; 2:21; Jn 3:4; Acts 3:2; 14:8; Gal 1:15). "Behold, I freely give the living water, Think of the healing and far-flung rivers nursing themselves in our souls! He was referring to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in and through us. At that point, Jesus rose and proclaimed that He is the water we all desperately need. Whoever drinks of that water shall never thirst again: "... whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Revelation 22:17). For 15 years now she has been in this condition. 14:8....The sanctuaries of Asclepius contain sacred springs flowing from under the sanctuary and thus offer some parallel to the depiction of the river as flowing forth from the throne of God and the Lamb. Rivers - Not just a river but rivers plural, a supernatural supply! Jesus extended an invitation to you when He said: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” (John 7:37). After several years of searching, they have discovered one of the unknown water sources. The way to a personal and experimental Pentecost is not by a shallow and superficial prayer-meeting request for more power, easily uttered and soon forgotten; it is the road of a burning and blistering thirst that will not be denied; that importunes in spite of the mockery of feelings and the misunderstanding of friends and the misery of doubt and deadness and dulness until loaves have been granted from heaven and we have been set on fire to burn up for God. OUR Lord was at the feast of tabernacles. ; Zech. She said, "We have day and night in nature, and just so it is in our souls." (Theology You Can Count On; Moody Publishers, 2008). Gracious and Almighty Savior, Paul’s Perfect Prayer - PAUL - Man of Prayer study (1) A … Up yonder stand the priests, pouring water out of large jars, to symbolize the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the nation of Israel. Some have never really thirsted, so the satisfaction is shallow. Get out the thing that you know is hindering! Notice, first, that this is to be an inward work: the rivers of living water are to flow out of the midst of the man...“Out of his belly," that is, from his heart and soul (cp importance of Pr 4:23). It cannot come out of you if it is not in you: and it cannot be in you unless God the Holy Spirit places it there. 7:8, Neh 8:14, 18, Ezek 45:25.) Rivers "Depict fullness of blessing, just as another picture, "much fruit," does in John 15:4-8 (and cf. (If thou wilt be perfect: talks on spiritual philosophy), Oswald Chambers on rivers of living water - To the woman of Samaria, Jesus talked of the benefits to the individual personal life of the living water—“the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life” (Jn 4:14). Jer 32:37-41, Israel repents and looks to Christ in one day Oh that the Lord may now fill you and then send you home bearing a flood of grace with you. As the red stream flows out from the stomach, and, propelled by the force-pump of the heart through a marvelous network of minute rivers, takes life to every part of the body, so "he that believeth on Me"—that is the vital connecting link with the great origin of this stream of life—out of the very source of life within him shall go a flood-tide of life, bringing refreshing, and cleansing, and beauty, and vigor everywhere within the circle of his life, even though, like the red streams and the water streams, he be unconscious of it. Study the history of the rivers, the seashores, and lake edges, and you know the history of the earth. So I would pray the sinner’s prayer again. It’s when God speaks to our depths that we are able to touch the lives of others. That’s the meaning of “streams of living water will flow from within him.” The Greek (ek tes koilias autou) literally reads “out of his belly,” meaning out of the deepest place, the seat of the emotions. THESE OPERATIONS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD ARE EASILY TO BE OBTAINED BY THE LORD’S CHILDREN. Koilia is also to personify a woman (Lk 11:27; 23:29; Ge 25:23, 24; Ru 1:11; Isa 44:2). Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud. It sounds oddly to speak of a man’s carrying home a flood within him, and yet I hope it will be so, and that out of you shall flow rivers of living water. The obstacle is a matter of indifference to the river which will flow steadily through you if you remember to keep right at the Source. “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). We know nothing about thirst here in a land with water on tap at our elbows. A friend asked how he felt. There is in him a power of life which, when quickened by faith, flows forth as a river, carrying life and refreshment to others. I have thought, too, that Pentecost was a miracle never to be repeated. If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”. Ralph Erskine has an interesting comment - What is the river that makes glad the city of God? Ray Pritchard - The word “rivers” is plural. A primary verb; for some tenses of which a prolonged form rheuo is used to flow. Nourished from within, they were practically invulnerable. The picture Our Lord gives is not that of a channel but a fountain. Next the other foot was removed. As you yield to His will, He will graciously fill you with living water springing up to eternal life. When Jesus comes in, living waters flow out. Come to Jesus and the rivers begin to flow because all the rivers flow from him. I'm juiced up every day, and the name of my juice is Jesus. From pistis; to have faith, i.e. The mighty old-fashioned down-crashing floods of power that inundated and submerged waiting saints have been ignored in favour of a rather tame and pale "receiving" that fails somehow to receive. No, Jesus says Me! Overflowing Rivers - We are saved to tell others! John 5:42–43 — “I know that you do not have the love of God within you. Not a river—but rivers of living water will flow out from us. Some of us are so concerned about the outflow that it dries up. Because Jesus lives, they will live also, but health and vigor they do not have. After the 70 years of exile in Babylon, a portion of the Jews returned to Jerusalem. The stream must flow in, and must flow through, if it is to flow out, but it is judged by its direction, and Jesus would turn it outward.
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