Living Water Poured Out

In Samaria

One day in the area of Samaria, the land that was known as the northern kingdom of Israel,  Yeshua stood at a well.  He and a local Samaritan woman discussed two different types of water – the water that quenches physical thirst and the water that quenches spiritual thirst.

Samaria

Samaria

Yeshua answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).

The woman Yeshua met at the well took to heart all of his words.  Though she had been an outcast in the community – due to numerous husbands and the probability of her being barren and incapable of producing ‘fruit’ – she became the first person in Samaria to testify to the Messiahship of Yeshua and produced spiritual fruit.   (Samaria: Modern day West Bank).

“Many people from that town in Shomron put their faith in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all the things I did.”  So when these people from Shomron came to him, they asked him to stay with them. He stayed two days,  and many more came to faith because of what he said.  They said to the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, because we have heard for ourselves. We know indeed that this man really is the Messiah of the world” (John 4:39-42).

Pool of Siloam

Pool of Siloam

In Jerusalem

On the last and greatest day of the Feast of Tabernacles, a Temple priest would pour out a pitcher of water he had gathered from the Pool of Siloam.  While the people shouted and danced at this joyous ceremony, he would cry out the words of the prophet Isaiah: “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).

According to John chapter 7, during this very same water pouring ceremony, ‘on the last and greatest day of the festival,’ Yeshua stood and cried out in a loud voice: “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:38).

On hearing his words, Jews from all nation who had gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles had to make the same decision as the woman at the well and all of the people in her village.   Is Yeshua just a prophet?  Is Yeshua the promised Messiah?

Many who heard his words believed he was speaking for God Himself, that he was a great prophet like Isaiah.  They could even hear Elohim’s voice through Yeshua crying out the very words of Isaiah:

Isaiah 55

Isaiah 55

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy.  Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,  and you will delight in the richest of fare.

Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples.

Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the lawless forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever” (Isaiah 55).

Others, however, heard the words of Isaiah spoken by the Temple priests.  They observed the waters from the well of salvation being poured out.  Then, they heard the voice of Yeshua.

Come!

Come!

 

“I, Yeshua, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the Messianic communities. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star.  The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ Let anyone who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let anyone who is thirsty come — let anyone who wishes, take the water of life free of charge” (Revelation 22:16-17).

They knew immediately that he was the One spoken of by the prophets, the One who was to bring forth living water for the world,  the One who was the vision of the everlasting covenant with David, the One who would bring blessing of redemption to all nations, the One who spoke of the mountains and hills bursting forth with joy,  the One who spoke of thirst-quenching living water for FREE.

“It is done! I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Tau,’ the Beginning and the End. To anyone who is thirsty I myself will give water free of charge from the River of Life.  He who wins the victory will receive these things, and I will be his God, and he will be my son” (Revelation 21:6-7).

Many in the crowd declared, “He is the Messiah.”

On hearing Yeshua’s words, we from all the nations of the world, whether Jew or non-Jew,   have to make the same decision.   Is Yeshua just a prophet speaking forth a Word from God?   Is Yeshua the Messiah, the One who is the living water from the well of salvation promised by God?

©2013 Tent Stake Ministries (For more teachings on the Feasts of the LORD and how to celebrate them in your home or with others, read Journey With Jeremiah: Nourishment for the Wild Olive).

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