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Rivers of Living Water

Gordon Robertson - President and CEO, CBN

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” John 7:37

While facing some challenges recently, I read Isaiah’s account of King Hezekiah’s problems—and mine suddenly seemed small. God saw him through, and He will see us through as well. Hebrews 10:23 assures us,

"He who promised is faithful."

Hezekiah is known for preparing Jerusalem for a siege by carving a long tunnel from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam. Rabbis said the pool’s water was the purest on the planet because Mount Zion is its source. 

Every year during the Feast of Tabernacles, water was taken from the Pool of Siloam in golden pitchers and carried up to the Temple in a huge procession. People sang the Song of Ascent, silver trumpets were blown on the Temple steps, and the entire city was lit up with torches. It was called the most joyous time in Jerusalem when the water was poured out on the altar as an offering to the Most Holy God. This is described in Isaiah 12:3:

"Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation." 

It is also part of Isaiah’s prophecy about the Messianic age:

“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. ... Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you—the sure mercies of David” (Isaiah 55:1-3).

The first covenant had a price; the new covenant is without price. It also comes with the sure mercies of David—and the Son of David is Jesus. Even so, we must hear it, incline our ear, and come to Him.

In John 7:37-38, Jesus cried out at the water celebration during the Feast of Tabernacles:

“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.” 

So if you’re facing problems and feeling overwhelmed, come to Him. He is your source. He will supply your need, and out of your innermost being will flow rivers of living water. God bless you.

Scripture is quoted from the NKJV except as noted.

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