Friday, September 12, 2008

There is a River

September 12: Ezekiel 46-48

1 Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. 2 Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side.

3 Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. 4 Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. 5 Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. 6 And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?”

Ezekiel 47:1-6

There is a River

What are these waters that Ezekiel discovers in chapter 47? They first began as a trickle, then became ankle deep, then knee deep, then waist deep, and then too deep for walking. Other passages in the Bible speak of these same waters.

On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter.
Zechariah 14:8

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
Revelation 22:1-5

From these two passages we begin to understand that the river represents the Gospel of Christ. First beginning in Jerusalem, the Gospel has spread to the uttermost parts of the world bringing life and fruit to everything in its path. The river in Revelation will be the river of Life flowing out from New Jerusalem. Nothing will again be accursed, but it will be the place of the throne of God and of the Lamb where we will worship Him forever. Darkness will be gone forever for the Lord God will be the light, and He shall reign forever and ever!

Do you remember the passage in John 4 where Jesus is speaking with the Samaritan woman? He tells her of the water of life that will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life. Here again we see that the water is the Gospel of Christ. That water is still flowing today; all men are called to come and drink of the waters of life that will become a spring of water in them welling up to eternal life.

The Bible is such an amazing book; Christ is the theme of the Bible beginning in Genesis and continuing until the book of Revelation. Even here in Ezekiel we see a reference to the Gospel of Christ.

So, we conclude the book of Ezekiel after being reminded that there is a river which flows from the heart of God available to those who are thirsty for Him. Go to that River today and be cleansed forever!

God Bless You,

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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