Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Check out the passage I read today from my PAUSE Bible Reading Plan.
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” John 7:37-39
The festival mentioned in this passage is the Festival of Booths. People were to construct and live in temporary shelters, also called booths, during the week in order to commemorate when the Israelites lived in shelters when the Lord God rescued them from the land of Egypt.
During the festival people would draw water each day (except 1st and 8th) from the Pool of Siloam and bring it to the Temple with trumpets playing. Water was then poured into a bowl next to the altar and a tube took the water to the base of the altar and it would flow down the altar into the city streets.
This had to be quite a sight. Now check out Jesus on the last and greatest day of that feast (the 8th day)…
He STOOD up. Interestingly, a Jewish teacher would most often SIT while instructing his disciples.
He SHOUTED out. Interestingly, this 8th day of the Festival of Booths was designed for people to rest and quietly meditate.
So…Jesus both stood and shouted: “Are you thirsty? Come to me and drink. If you believe in me you will have rivers of living water flowing out of you.”
He in essence was saying, “I’m the source of ALL blessing. It originates with me. And I will give you the Spirit who will flow out of you.”
Are you full of the Spirit to the point that he flows OUT of you?
My prayer for you and I is similar to that of the Apostle Paul: “That you may be filled with all the fullness of God” Ephesians 3:19.