Spring up Oh Well. (The Place of Help), Oswald Chambers - The true character of the loveliness that tells for God is always unconscious. Sukkot (Festival of Booths ["tabernacles" Leviticus 23:34 Deuteronomy 16:13 ]), lasting seven days, from the fifteenth to the twenty-second of the tenth month (Tishri), the first day being a holy convocation. The confirmation will come: it may not come immediately; it may not come in blinding, dazzling fashion; it may not come in the manner expected or desired; but come it will if we drink and keep on drinking by simple faith in Him. This is the fruit of being ‘born again’ (Jn 3:3). ", Ray Pritchard on the phrase his innermost being - Here is one mark of true conversion—we are deeply changed by Jesus and we know it. Our part is to read and study God's Word, to receive cleansing and renewal through confession, and to obey the Lord. It is natural that this generation, not disposed to "wait" for anything, should prefer a quicker way to get the blessing with the least amount of trouble. Dr. Torrey tells us that he knew nothing of thirst until he was with soldiers of the Spanish-American war in camp, where dust filled the air day and night and where, as he put it, they ate dust, drank dust, slept dust and dreamed dust, and there was no water anywhere fit to drink. It’s when God speaks to our depths that we are able to touch the lives of others. Learn more. You can never measure what God will do through you if you are rightly related to Jesus. I think I'll stick to the plain Living Water, for no substitute has ever come along that works. Observe, finally, that the Spirit within the believer is "a well of water springing up into everlasting life." Joh 7:38 4:14. Is there anything that hinders your belief in Him? Many have thirsted, have come to the Lord, have surrendered, have received the Spirit's filling, yet they dolefully lament that they see no difference; it did not last, the peace and power have departed. We have not to imitate Jesus by having a passion for souls like His, but to let the Holy Ghost so identify us with Jesus that His mind is expressed through us as He expressed the mind of God (The Moral Foundation of Life), Oswald Chambers - Our whole life is to be lived so in the power of God that He can pour through us the rivers of living water to others. Out came the plug; down came the water freely; by and by back came prosperity again. of fallen house (dynasty) of David; of clouds as (temporary) enclosure of ˊי in storm. If … Next time you talk to him, tell him the steroid I'm on is Jesus of Nazareth.” (Rivers of Living Water John 7- - David York), Dry Spells - There should never be “dry spells” in the Christian life. We find that when we have nothing left, He is the well that never runs dry. Now Jesus is plainly talking of something that may, through us, exert as decided an influence upon the lives of those we touch as water has exerted, and still exerts, on the history of the earth, and as this Jordan did in that wonderful, historic Palestine. As my old Med School professor used to say at morning presentations when I was stumped - "You can't not know!" When one genuinely thirsts, and has come to the Lord in utter surrender and abandon, and has waited until the depths have been sounded and the soul quieted, then we must drink, faith must appropriate the Spirit's filling. If you say, “I have all things and abound,” I am afraid you will never reach the fulness of the blessing; but if you know something of your failure, the Lord will lead you further. John 7:38. This is no doubt both literal and symbolic. However before this will be fulfilled in the future, we note that the glory did return for a brief time in the presence of Jesus (Jn 1:14-note), but Israel "did not recognize the time of their visitation." In the Second Temple it was waved during the recitation of the passages expressive of thanksgiving or prayer...After the additional sacrifices of the day had been offered the lulab and etrog were carried in procession around the altar in the court while Ps 118:25 ("O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity!") the abdomen; by implication, the matrix; figuratively, the heart. ; Zech. Jesus Our Lord says we must pay attention to the Source—belief in Him, and He will look after the outflow (Jn 7:38). As the water rises rapidly in the well, it comes to the surface and flows over the edges. The Great Day of the Feast 7:37-53. by Chester McCalley. (John 6:63) Notice how Jesus links the Holy Spirit with the Holy Word in this John 6 passage! May Your It was the last day of the feast. That is thirst, not just a casual, ordinary, normal inclination to drink water. "Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.". The exact words "Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water," are not found in any part of the Canonical Scriptures of the Old Testament, and yet Christ Himself utters them with the formula of quotation. With some the fountain has become clogged by disobedience at some point, by failure to read the Word and pray, and by looking away from Christ to self. Potamos - 17x in 17v - Mt 3:6; Mt 7:25-note; Mt 7:27-note; Mk 1:5; Lk 6:48-49; Jn 7:38; Acts 16:13; 2Cor 11:26; Rev 8:10-note; Rev 9:14-note; Rev 12:15-16-note; Rev 16:4,12-note; Rev 22:1-2-note. 3. specif. Each was perforated with a small hole, like a nostril [at the bottom]. They built castles where they could flee for safety and defend The problem was solved in the castle of Edinburgh, however. Learn more. It required manually turning the vane until the fan faced directly into the wind. Her answer was, "Oh, just the way it always is, sometimes light and sometimes dark." Jesus said: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. All the difference in the lives of men lies in the difference between these two expressions. Water conservation and sanitation are crucial matters in many parts of the world, as all life depends on having sanitary water. It is not to be laid upon the back of some mysterious necessity of the new nature that it should be so, but it is to be brought as a charge against ourselves. Like this racing, turbulent, muddy Jordan? Admitting to a deep emptiness within himself, he urged people to work at filling up the “spiritual vacuum in American society.” In an insightful comment, he confessed, “My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society is what is missing in me—a little heart, a lot of brotherhood.” In his day, Jeremiah perceived that same kind of vacuum in many of his fellow Israelites. Intro: "Great day of the feast." Indeed, the Word of God is living and active and cutting! Some have never really thirsted, so the satisfaction is shallow. 7:2), baptism (Justin Dial. (A Sabbath), 7th Mo, 15th Day God said that He would be like an artesian well in the life of a believer. Spurgeon in Power for You (some similar thoughts to preceding note) - Beloved believers, notwithstanding all that the Spirit of God has already done in us, it is very possible that we have missed a large part of the blessing which He is willing to give, for He “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. Both gifts have been bestowed, but it is not what we have but what we know we have by a conscious, appropriating faith which determines our spiritual wealth. If "he that winneth souls is wise" The dedication of Solomon's Temple took place at the Feast of Tabernacles at which time the Shekinah glory of Jehovah also dramatically appeared. But in the midst of all his activities he developed an inoperable brain tumor and died at the age of 40. 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. Amen. The vessel they carried contained but three logs, or about a quart, of water, brought from the tank of Siloam. There will be a literal river, but the river will symbolize the free flow of the Spirit throughout the entire earth. No, Jesus clearly states that for belief to be effectual, it must be "in Me. Has there been a harvest in your life? Innermost being (2836)(koilia from koilos = hollow) refers literally to a hollow space or cavity (although not used with this sense in Scripture) and then to (1) the belly (stomach), (2) the womb (uterus) and (3) (figuratively) the inner man or innermost being, which is almost synonymous with way the NT usually uses heart (kardia). 5:5). There must be good connections upward, and a clear channel inward, but the objective point is outward toward a parched earth. It is fascinating that this same word (skene) describes our "eternal dwellings (skene)." What modern people call a revival began at once. - Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart- How to Know for Sure You Are Saved- J.D. ", Jesus promises we will have rivers of living water flowing through us - Are our lives truly like this? Now that we are believers, we must continue to come by faith to Jesus, for He is the "Thirst Quencher." "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be a well of water springing up into everlasting life." This is the spirit of the prophet and the evangelist, of the martyr and the missionary. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, from within him shall flow rivers of living water." But it’s an ideal in which we can make progress as we walk with the Lord. There is all the difference between this life of conscious power and peace and victory and the cheap "believism" current today,—as much difference as between the pouring out of the water from Siloam and the living waters of the Lord. That represented the satisfaction of the individual mind. (In Jn 7:38), He is talking not of the benefits to the individual life at all, but of the rivers of living water that will flow out of the individual life. But the outflow will only be in proportion to the springing up within. And what shall we say of the testimony of history? A promise foretold by the Scriptures - Jn 7:38; cf. (Jer 2:12-13). 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. John notes that it was the last day of the “great feast”—the annual festival commemorating the wandering of the Jews in the wilderness—which climaxed with a ceremonial pouring of water down the temple steps to recall God’s provision of water for the thirsty wanderers. .--We have here an advance on the thought, "If any man thirst let him come unto Me and drink." T —D C Egner (Our Daily Bread). If we are suffering from a defective experience of the Spirit it is because somewhere along that fivefold experience we have failed to appreciate or appropriate His Word. It is an inward work at its fountain head. I found the walls of her room covered with texts, all of them radiating joy, and peace, and power. He will not of course make all of you preachers; for who then would be hearers? what is the implication concerning those who don't? duties today so that others may see You through Because it seems to imply fullness and completeness to the point of overflowing. The cherubim’s wings were to cover the mercy seat in the tabernacle (Ex 37:9) and the temple (I Chr 28:18). Once a year the Israelite left his home to tabernacle in a “booth,” made from tree branches (Lev 23:34ff.). Then the malady broke out in her hands. She said, "We have day and night in nature, and just so it is in our souls." It may take the form of a wonderful joy or a vision. out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). If not, why not? Running water. Give as 'twas given to you in your need, 35 ‘On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. Amen. At this time Ezra read from the Book of the Law about the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles (Neh 8:1-11). Like the Jews at the feast, they have a happy day once in a while when they "scale the utmost height and catch a gleam of glory bright," but these are few and far between and soon "a sense of things real comes doubly strong." Something in us is clogging up the channel and nothing can get through. Because of some childhood prayer, tens of thousands of people are absolutely certain of a salvation they do not possess. And he is no mere image; he is as real today as he was then, as real and personal as the person next to you in the pew. And so this sentence could be read: "You will joyously draw water from the springs of Jesus!") It has been pointed out that baptism is the act and the filling the result, just as a cup is filled when it is immersed. They have tried not to confuse the filling with the feeling, but after months or years they still do not wear the garments of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness, and many break down in defeatism or else move into extremist circles. Aye, worse than that, of bad reputation. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out. Spurgeon - What a glorious Gospel sermon that was! (Lk 16:9). The Christian rite of baptism derives from this Jewish custom and originally Christians, too, preferred baptism in “living” water (Did. Why do you test the LORD?” 3 But the people thirsted there for water; and they grumbled against Moses and said, “Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” 4 So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “What shall I do to this people? It seems that each day a priest with a golden pitcher went to the pool of Siloam followed by a throng of people. No, it shines, but it has nothing to say about it; even so the genuine Christian just goes about flooding the world with blessing, and so far from claiming attention for himself, it may be that he himself is unconscious of what he is effecting. The thirsting man might contemplate and appreciate water set before him, might wait before it for "something to happen," but the next thing to happen is for him to drink. The guidance in work for God is to notice where you are exhausted without recuperation. They are good men, able men, devout men, but many of them seem to have stopped short of that utter abandon in which men lose themselves to become blazing firebrands for God, flaming torches by which He sets on fire a smug and sanctimonious church and awakens to burning conviction a sleeping world. A primary pronoun of the first person I. There will be a great earthquake, splitting the Mount of Olives in two (Zech 4:4), followed by enormous changes in the normal pattern of daytime and nighttime (Zech 4:6–7). There are hundreds of ministers who are earnestly longing for what came so easily to her. The first use in Genesis 33:17 is interesting as the related proper noun Succoth is used twice - "Jacob journeyed to Succoth (derived from sakak), and built for himself a house and made booths (sukkah derived from sakak) for his livestock; therefore the place is named Succoth. The more we draw on these resources, the more we have. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." As Scripture has said, "Out of him" (or "them" ) "will flow rivers of living water."" And genitive case, hudatos, etc. Vance Havner - "If Any Man Thirst" - "Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. the Holy Spirit works out in us. And it is just as true that few rejoice in fulness of the Spirit because, feeling self-sufficient, they have never known desperate thirst,—and one must thirst deeply to drink deeply. (God’s Workmanship), Oswald Chambers - How anxious we are to serve God and our fellow men to-day! Jesus calls us believers not to be be "Dead Sea Saints" but to be like the Sea of Galilee, giving forth streams of living what to thirsty souls. there is no other (again absolute negation = absolutely no other) name (other than Jesus) under heaven that has been given among men by which we must (absolutely of necessity must) be saved.” (Acts 4:12, cp Jesus' clear declaration that He is the ONLY way to the Father - Jn 14:6 = “I am the ["the" = definite article in Greek = the specific way, not just "a way" as Jehovah's Witnesses falsely teach!] (Isa 48:21), Comment: The world is a spiritual desert for both saints and sinners alike, but believers need not traverse this spiritually barren land in thirst, for they can ever drink from the Rock of Ages, Christ Jesus. Is it hard to tell why? —Vinal But before it can flow out it must fill up. Go to the worst part of London, and will you find a man of that kind? Job 32:18,19 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me…. 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. It draws large quantities of water through its root system or absorbs it from dew and rain. God grant we may let the Holy Ghost work out His passion for souls through us. John 4:14. Greear) (See his interesting book if you have some doubts about this subject or about your own personal salvation. Water. The Lord must give us the Spirit when we ask him, for he has herein bound himself by no ordinary pledge. There is a plug in the pipe. "The reference is not to any single passage, but to the spirit of the Scripture, notably such passages as Isa 55:1; 58:11; Ps 36:8-9." Of course, the Spirit came at Pentecost in a special sense at the beginning of the dispensation. Westcott feels that "The reference is not to any one isolated passage, but to the general tenor of such passages as Isa. Heed the Source. Each morning the people gathered together, and after the priest was sure everything was in order, he would hold out a golden pitcher. Indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we possess the “water of life” and can be channels of blessing to those in need. life and love flow through me as I go about my (John 7:38 CJB) I always read John 7:38 as "If I believe like the scripture says...", but I lately read this verse differently. 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. Get your church set-up with online giving, sermon streaming, and more in under 24 hours. (Friberg). Father, thank You for Your Spirit, And maybe get baptized again. 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.) This image is attractive. 21:6). A glass of plain drinking water had been put at the end of the row to be tested. "Spiritual life springs up toward its own perfection in eternal life." Lev 23:26-32 —Anon. The opposite is the case, too. Let us set our hearts upon this, that we mean to have by God’s help all that the infinite goodness of God is ready to bestow. and she smilingly replied, "You know Jesus said of His own that out of them `shall flow rivers of living water.' There was some sputtering. Just bow your head and quietly under your breath say to Him: "Lord Jesus, show me what there is in my life that is displeasing to Thee; what there is Thou wouldst change." . Having begun in the Spirit, they would perfect themselves in the flesh. So, as we drink and keep on drinking by believing on Him, there is the blessed experience of overflowing: "From within him shall flow rivers of living water." 42:1). ", In Psalm 31:20 we see God's promised protection for the righteous - "You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man. "I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water" (Isaiah 41:18). The dissatisfaction so evident among Christians today arises, therefore, from many causes. Travelers say that no valley exceeded in beauty and fruitfulness that valley of the Jordan, made so by those swift waters. He warned them against the danger of personal and national emptiness. The context of this statement by Jesus was the Festival of Booths or Tabernacles. Water is also necessary for cleansing. Labor ceased on the first and eighth days. (Neh 9:15, 20-21), In the NT, Paul explains God's physical provisions in Exodus 16 and Exodus 17 were a foreshadowing of God's spiritual provision in Christ (cp Col 2:16-17) writing, For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; 2 and all were baptized into (identified with) Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 and all ate the same spiritual food ( the manna = Ex. It is not service that exhausts our power so that we need replenishing; sin clogs the inflow and needs to be removed. (Deut 16:16). The depths have never been stirred, and so the depths have not been filled! I am the LORD your God.’” 44 So (term of conclusion) Moses declared to the sons of Israel the appointed times of the LORD. "Drink" is not passive, it is something we are to do. His life shall be the means of kindling life in other men’s bosoms....Note the plenitude of it. He had gone for filling, not feeling, and he received. And drink and live." Was that prayer a moment of total surrender? 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." They were veritable waters of life. You shall, if you like, get among pirates and murderers, and when a little child cries, “Father, give me a bit of bread and meat,” does the most wicked father fill his own little one’s mouth with stones? D John 7:38-39 New King James Version (NKJV) 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those [ a]believing in Him would receive; for the [ b]Holy Spirit was … Certainly Jesus picks up on the literal water used in the ceremony and uses it figuratively . It takes both giving and receiving to complete the gift. Because He had something exceptional and extraordinary to say! It was at the time of Feast of Tabernacles. 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. One morning the housewives turned the water spigots, but no water came. So may it be! As surely as we receive from Him, He will pour out through us, and in the measure He is not pouring out, there is a defect in our relationship to Him. May the Lord make us refreshing fountains where thirsty souls may drink. There must be a flooding inside before there can be a flowing out. God's gift is one thing; our appropriation of that gift is quite another thing. That part of the experience need never be repeated. 17 And the entire assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in them. No parching thirst I know, because His grace, You don't need to run all over the country trying to find sources of spiritual refreshment. You shall do no laborious work. Lev 23:14-21, 7th Month, 1st Day Our experience is essential, but it will slip through our fingers and disappear if we focus on the experience instead of on Jesus. Ask Jesus, the fountain of living water (John 7:37), to fill you with His presence. There are a lot of people who will happily say that they "believe" (Ed: Quotes and italics are mine) in Christ, that they prayed to receive Him as their Savior, that they’ve invited Him into their hearts, but who don’t give any evidence of truly being converted." Email. Probably from a derivative of the alternate of pino; a current, brook or freshet, i.e. Unto your mission be true. Fresh Water - In the middle ages, people themselves from the enemy. He is that, but much more. The deep change Jesus makes touches us at the very core of who we are. Moody declared in Boston: "See how He came on the day of Pentecost! Then she began to write letters witnessing to the grace of God. There is a popular commercial on television that ends with the macho man exhorting the listener to "Stay thirsty, my friends!" There is simply no getting around it: this is a very challenging passage on several fronts. of frailty), for man’s shelter from sun; poet. What’s true for pastors is true for all. Do you know how to draw on the resurrection life of Jesus? Jesus can use our lives as spring to provide living water to our world, just like these springs provide water for the thirsty cities of the southwest, Adam Porte has some interesting comments on "living water" and ritual baths - MIQVAH, MIQVEH [מִקְוָה miqwah, מִקְוֶה miqweh]. In Jesus’ day, during the Feast of Tabernacles a choir sang while a priest filled a gold pitcher with water and poured it out. Tony Garland comments - This is the fountain of the water of life which God promised to the thirsty in the previous chapter (Rev. I believe in Him, and He has helped me to overflow to others. 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