I know whenever we see the term “Living Water” in regards to the bible we immediately think of John 4, specifically verse 10 .
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
But I came across this reference to living water several centuries prior to Jesus. In the book of Ezekiel chapter 47. Verse 8 to 9 begins this revelation.
He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.
This scripture refers back to chapter 43 when God gives instructions on how his temple should be built. He indicates that he will make a river flow from the temple. And this water is what flows into the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is so salty (bitter) that nothing can live there. But, once the river of God encounters the Dead Sea it brings forth life and life abundantly. Sounds familiar? Jesus came so that we may have life and life abundantly. (John 10:10) Jesus is the living water. When dead things come into contact with Jesus they have this tendency to come alive. Think of Lazarus, the Centenarians 12yrs old daughter etc.
12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river.Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.
Jesus Christ has become the sustaining power for God’s people, for us. As we allow Jesus to flow through our lives, withholding nothing we grow, we are strengthened, we are pruned to bare more fruit. I questioned what the Word mean “their fruit will serve for food” in this context. It means that the fruits we bare because of Christ flowing in our lives will glorify God and be a blessing to others. We will be able to be the hands and feet of Jesus. The fruits are that of his Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
This led me to question the second half of the scripture. What does “their leaves for healing” mean? While our fruits nourish and encourage others; the leaves council, teach and correct which brings forth healing. Others cannot begin to flourish and grow from our fruits because they are not healed. God equips us to do this too through Christ Jesus.
11 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt.
Let’s jump back one verse though. Verse 11 troubled me a bit. Now why would Jesus come into contact with swampy places and marshes and purposely not allow them to become fresh. Why would he not get into those dark, smelly dirty places and purify them too?
Marshes produce grassy patches and reeds and the swamps produce tall woody trees. The two places actually produce a form of life but not habitable or prosperous living. They produce life with no fruit or leaves with any healing ability. What’s the point of them? It’s so we can see, know and realize the difference between false living and life abundantly. The swamps and marshes give you a level of appreciation for fresh water that you wouldn’t have otherwise.
Take a moment to really think about your life? Do you want to live a basic marsh-like life or do you want the abundant life that Christ shed his blood to give you. Why not flourish? Why not glow up? Those dead things; your dreams, hopes, gifts – Christ is the key to reviving them. He is the one that causes you to thrive.
Happy hour every day is simply pouring a cup out into the Dead Sea. Drugs, premarital sex, smoking, cutting, attention seeking attire, etc. are just drops of temporary relief/fun into a sea of dead things. But Jesus! Jesus Christ is living water.
Love ya to Peace,