The Living Water (John 7:37)

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes in me, the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But He spoke of the Spirit, which those who believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Spirit
was not yet given; because Yeshua was not yet glorified.)
– John 7:37-39

As we come to the end of Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles on Sunday night, lets be sure we do not miss the key point that the Messiah Himself taught us when He celebrated the Feast for the last time in His Earthly life. His words are recorded for all to read in the above verses from the Gospel of John.

The Jewish custom was that on the last day of Sukkot, water was poured out by the High Priest as prophetic anticipation of the coming winter rains. Of course Yeshua knew that was the custom of His people, but He knew much more. He boldly declared to the people gathered around the Temple area that whoever believed in Him, that living water would flow out of their inner most being. But for that living water to flow out, it has to first get in. Yeshua also knew that in a few months at Passover time, He would become the eternal korban (sacrifice) and after being resurrected from the dead three days later, He would become the Eternal High Priest.

Since that time Yeshua is the High Priest who pours out the living water, not on the dry and thirsty ground, but on the dry and thirsty spirit man of those who believe in Him as accept Him as Master and Messiah. The natural living water that brings life back to dry and thirsty ground corresponds to the Holy Spirit which brings life back to the spirit of day and thirsty human beings who have become separated from the life of the Creator, YHVH.

Human beings are like hewed out cisterns – we hold water inside of us, but it is not the living water. That water does bring life to a degree, but nowhere near the degree of life that the living water brings. When we accept Yeshua as Master and Messiah, we are reconnected to our Creator and Heavenly Father by a blood sealed covenant relationship, and if we open ourselves to it, YHVH fills us with His Ruach (Spirit) which is the living water of John 17:37. It is the living water that empowers us to be the people we were created to be, working through us to preach the Gospel to the broken-hearted, heal the sick and set the captives free.

There are number of things we can never have too much of. We can never love God too much. We can never read the Bible too much. We can never pray too much. And we can never be filled with the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) too much. Therefore lets take advantage of the season and on the last day of Sukkot, (Sunday afternoon) let us cry out to our Father in Heaven and ask Him to fill us afresh with His Ruach. Yeshua said if we do not ask, we do not receive, so the opposite must also be true. Ask and you shall receive.