Verse of the Day 10-23-22

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 largest crowds were on the final day of the festival.  The events of the final day are described in verses 37-52.  The festival included a famous water-pouring ceremony that served to remind the people of God’s goodness in providing rain for the crops the previous year, water to drink during their ancestors’ wilderness wanderings and hope for water to poured out during the Messianic age.  Jesus fulfilled what the Festival of Tabernacles anticipated.  The size of the crowds made it necessary for Jesus to cry out in order to be heard.  He promised that those who were thirsty and came to him to drink (believed in him) would have their thirst for true life satisfied.  John explains that this living water is the Holy Spirit, and that Jesus’ death, resurrection and exhalation were the prelude to the Spirit’s coming. In other words, Jesus saying there is only one oasis for those who are in a spiritual desert. Because if you are spiritually parched, then you need to go to Jesus because he is the only one who provide the living water that will never leave you thirsty again.

Today’s Bible Readings:

Jeremiah 42:1-44:23, 2 Timothy 2:1-21, Psalm 92:1-93:5 and Proverbs 26:3-5

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