EZEKIEL 47:1: “After this, he brought me back to the doorway to the Temple. To my amazement, there was water flowing out toward the east from beneath the threshold of the Temple! (The Temple faced eastward.) The water flowed down from beneath the right side of the Temple, that is, from the south-facing side where the altar was located.”
OBSERVATION: What is the true source of life? Isn’t it amazing when we realize that what is true in the natural is often equally true in the spiritual!? And what a wonderful picture we find of this truth in Ezekiel’s vision of the river flowing from the restored Temple of Jaweh, and directly from the exact location of the altar! This vision is repeated in the book of Revelation.
- “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Revelation 22:1 NKJV
This pure river of water, the water of life, is the Holy Spirit of God! Jesus proclaimed to his disciples on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles:
- “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.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:37-39 NKJV
Now think of the comparison between the natural and the spiritual! We would never think about trying to live without water. In fact, man can survive a great while without food, but he cannot survive without water. Here is an interesting fact – in adults, about 60% of their entire body consists of water! That is amazing!
However, an equally amazing fact is how often we try to live life in our own strength, and neglect the “water of life”. It is so easy to rely on our own understanding and make things happen in our own power and strength. Yet, truth be told, this is even more foolish than trying to survive without physical water. In essence, we become dead men walking without the power and presence of the Holy Spirit daily in our lives.
- “So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” Zechariah 4:6-7 NKJV
Zerubbabel had led the first group of Jews back to Jerusalem following the Babylonian captivity of 70 years. He had erected the altar, and laid the foundation of the Temple. However, mountains of rubble stood as a reminder of the enormous task that lay ahead. How could they rebuild such a great structure from broken and charred rubble? The answer – it would not be by might, nor by power, but by the Holy Spirit of God!
Whatever we are facing – God’s “river of life”, the Holy Spirit, runs from His throne to our lives. The Holy Spirit comes to bring us life, teach us God’s Word, guide us in the pathway of righteousness, and empower us with God’s Grace! Just as we cannot live without physical water, we cannot live without the “water of life”! We need the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit in these last days more than ever before! This is not a day to live parched and dry. This is a day to be immersed in the wonderful river of God!
- “Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:14-21 NKJV
Lord, I do not want to live ankle deep, knee deep, or waist deep in the “river of life”. Grant me the grace to jump in completely! Jesus, fill me anew with the Holy Spirit. Let me drink freely and fully from the “river of life”. Help me to walk in full surrender to the Spirit’s guiding, and to live in the full empowerment of His presence in my life!
In Jesus Name!