River of Life…

Read Ezekiel 47river in upstate New York

Focus on verse 9

Fresh water is a resource that is often overlooked in terms of its value to practically all forms of life on the planet. Even in the more arid places where sand and scorpions rule the landscape, the life that is found there is found near the scant sources of water. In fact according to the findings of most scientists it would seem that without water in its liquid form, hydrocarbon life is just not feasible. It is therefore not surprising that animal and plant life tend to be found in most abundance near plentiful, reliable sources of fresh water.

In today’s reading Ezekiel is shown a river of water that flows from the threshold of the temple in his vision. It is a river of water that brings abundant life wherever it flows.

And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so that everything will live where the river goes. (v. 9)

There is an occasion in the New Testament gospels where Jesus is attending one of the great celebrations at the temple, which climaxed with the priests carrying a pitcher of water to the threshold of the temple and pouring it out in reminding the people of how God had provided water for them in the wilderness. It is at this moment that Jesus stands up and cries out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37-38) The apostle then explains that Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit whom those who believed in Him would receive at Pentecost.

As I have observed in my interaction with people of many different backgrounds and worldviews, it would seem to me that there are some who seem to bring more life and vitality to nearly any situation they encounter. Not all people are like that. Some are quite the opposite, where their mere presence seems to suck the oxygen out of the room. Interestingly it has little to do with what religious or non-religious label people have chosen operate under. I suspect it has much more to do with what kind of spirit it is that they have chosen to be controlled by.

Jesus said that those who chose to believe in Him would be recognized by the river of living water that flowed from their hearts; not literally of course, but figuratively. I have also met this type of person. It is always a positive experience. I suspect the experience might be compared to the way a plant feels when just the right amount of water is dispensed to its roots at just the right time. Imagine what our world might be like if more of us were like that? While I cannot make that choice for you, I can choose for myself to aspire to be such a person more often.


About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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