DayBreaks for 2/25/19 – I AM #9: Living Water

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DayBreaks for 2/25/2019: I AM #9: The Living Water

John 7:37-38 (ESV) – On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

While Jesus doesn’t explicitly use the “I AM” phrase here, his claim is equally strong: he is the source of living water. What was living water? It was moving water – safe to sustain life – as opposed to stagnant water such as that in the Dead Sea.

Jesus makes this statement during the feast of tabernacles which the people referred to as “the season of our gladness,” for it marked the completion of the harvest. Josephus called it “the holiest and the greatest festival among the Jews”. It wasn’t just for the rich; it was for everyone – the rich, the poor, the stranger, the widow and servants – all were to share in the universal joy.
During this festival, a priest took a golden pitcher which held about two pints of water and went down to the Pool of Siloam where it was filled. He carried it back through the Water Gate while the people recited Isa 12:3: With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. The water was taken to the Temple altar and poured out as an offering to God. As that was taking place, the Hallel—that is, Ps 113-118—was sung to the accompaniment of flutes by the Levite choir. When they came to the words, “O give thanks to the Lord” and again to the words, “O work now then salvation”, and finally to the closing words, “O give thanks to the Lord”, the worshippers shouted and waved their palms towards the altar. The whole ceremony was a vivid thanksgiving for God’s good gift of water, an acted prayer for rain, and a memory of the water which sprang from the rock when they travelled through the wilderness. On the last day the ceremony was doubly impressive for they marched seven times round the altar in memory of the sevenfold circuit round the walls of Jericho, whereby the wails fell down and the city was taken.

Against this background and perhaps at that very moment, Jesus’ voice rang out: If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink.” It is as if Jesus said: “You are thanking and glorifying God for the water which quenches the thirst of your bodies. Come to me if you want water which will quench the thirst of your soul.” He was using that dramatic moment to turn men’s thoughts to the thirst for God and the eternal things.

The concept behind “living water” is water that is moving, flowing. Such water is safe to drink as opposed to stagnant water such as was found in the Dead Sea. It would be cooler and more refreshing – it was the kind of water that could sustain life.

Jesus’ claim is that he is able to provide us with the refreshing, safe water we long for and more – that we will become channels for that water to flow out to others. But like the Dead Sea, we can’t be channels of blessing unless we stop just taking in water – we must let it flow through us as the water from the Jordan flows through the sea of Galilee. Let it flow through you today!

PRAYER: Lord, our spirits are thirsty until we drink deeply of you! Let us let your water flow through us to the parched spiritual desert in which we live. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 10/21/16 – The Wells of Salvation

DayBreaks for 10/21/16 – The Wells of Salvation

Michael Card is a tremendous singer, composer, author and student of the Word. My wife and I have been fans of his for years and years. We were blessed this last January to go to Israel and be part of a tour group he was leading. I love his insights into Scripture, human nature and the history related to the Bible. Just earlier this week, he shared this:

“The Jewish holiday known as Sukkoth, or Tabernacles, falls on the 16th to the 23rd of October this year. That last day should be of particular interest to Christians. Of all the remarkable things Jesus said and did, it was on the last day of Tabernacles, John tells us in 7:37, that Jesus stood and shouted, If someone is thirsty, let them come to me and drink! 

“According to the Mishnah, the High Priest has just poured out a pitcher of water in front of the large crowd, quoting Isaiah 12:3, With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (Mishnah, Moed, Sukkah 4:9-5:2)  So this Sunday, October 23, get your family together and read this passage. Remember that Jesus is standing in the midst of a crowd where there are men who have vowed to kill him (Jn. 7:13) He is our fearless Savior. He is the One who provides the Living Water of His Spirit.”

Do you see the symbolism? Even as the High Priest has emptied his pitcher of water, Jesus offers to be the replacement. And just as the water was poured out of the pitcher, so would the Living Water be poured out into the dead souls of men and women for their cleansing and salvation!

Jesus also is making a very explicit claim. Right after the first words: With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation, Jesus fearlessly claims to be that very well of salvation!

I hope you will remember this on Sunday…and drink deeply of the Living Water.

PRAYER: Thank You for being the Living Water that refreshes, cleanses us and leads us to salvation! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

 

 

DayBreaks for 6/3/16 – The Demise of the Ancient Mariner

DayBreaks for 6/03/16 – The Demise of the Ancient Mariner

From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:

A theologian by the name of John S. Dunne tells a story about a group of ancient Spanish sailors who came to South America for the first time.  The trip had been extremely difficult.  The arrived off the coast of South America and came across the entry to the Amazon River, the largest freshwater passageway in the entire world.  In fact, the entry into the mouth of the river was so large that they thought that they were still sailing in the ocean.  They had been traveling so long that they had run out of fresh water, but never expecting that they were sailing on fresh water instead of the salt water of the ocean, it never occurred to them to try to drink the water.  The result was predictable: some of the sailors died of thirst while floating upon the largest source of freshwater in the world. 

In his book, Finding God in Unexpected Places, Phillip Yancey noted that this was a fitting analogy for what is happening in our day and age.  We live in a time where information is easily accessible, where interest in spiritual things (if not Christianity) is high.  And yet, as Yancey put it: “Some people starve to death spiritually while all around them manna rots…”

While we may be quick to think that the Spanish sailors were very misguided for not trying the water, aren’t we a lot like them in many, many ways?  Even Christians seem to be starving for that which will sustain life and give it purpose and meaning, and all the while we are surrounded by Bibles – the Bread of Life.  Yet we are thirsty, looking and searching for a drink that will satisfy, and we have God’s Word everywhere.  In life, there are not silver bullets…at least, in the physical realm.  But there is a silver bullet in spiritual life – and God gave it to us in the Word.  Will we drink until we are satisfied?

John 7:37-39 (NLT) – On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “If you are thirsty, come to me!  If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within. (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

PRAYER:  Lord Jesus, we are so thirsty and yet we seem to turn to everyone except You.  Help us, Jesus, to see and recognize the provision you’ve made for us to have all things that pertain to life and godliness, help us not only to drink deeply of the well of life ourselves, but to help others find it, too.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 7/23/14 – Rivers of Living Water

DayBreaks for 7/23/14 – Rivers of Living Water

John 7:37-38 (NLT) On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38  Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

Have you ever been caught in the roaring power of a river as it rushes headlong downhill toward the sea?  I recall a whitewater rafting trip I took with some friends a few years back.  The river was relentless, possessed of a fearsome and mighty power as it caromed and raced over, around and past rocks and trees.  It was an irresistible force, inexorable.  It cared for no one else – only to pursue its own desire and destiny.  It would tear and sweep away any obstacle that stood in its path, mindless of the havoc it carried in its flowing.

But not all rivers are like that …

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart…what a beautiful description of Jesus!  The Scripture makes it clear that it is speaking of the Spirit, but it certainly also describes the love, compassion and mercy that flows out of his heart to his creation, and in particular, to humanity!  Jesus was FULL of living water.  That pure water is the result of the Spirit that He had without measure.

How would people describe what flows from my heart?  What do I believe flows from my heart?  We all like to think that we are kind and act lovingly, but in reality we are quite self-serving and many times even when we do something for others we do so with hidden motivations that are seeking something for ourselves.

Wouldn’t it be great if people could say of us that “Rivers of living water flow from her/his heart!”

PRAYER: Fill our hearts with Your Spirit that we may have not only your mind, but also your heart!  Let glory come to You from what people see flowing forth from our hearts!.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 03/20/13 – A River Runs Through You

DayBreaks for 03/20/13 – A River Runs Through You               

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John 7:38 (NIV) – Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.

It is fascinating what computer software has done to Bible study!  It certainly makes it far faster and easier (in my humble opinion), not to mention that I don’t have to have numerous paper-and-ink books open all over my desktop as I do my study.  Just a few clicks and they’re all there, in their own orderly window (my wife told me just today how messy I am when I work, so this is good news!)

One of the best things about Bible study software is that it makes it easy to determine how many times a certain word is used in Scripture (by translation if you wish), what the original root word was and what it meant, and where it is found in each instance.  For example, in the NIV, the word “camel” is found nine times.  The word “peace” is found 250 times and the word “heart” shows up a whopping 570 times!  Generally speaking, the more a word is found, the more important it is as a topic to which we need to pay attention!

Rivers are mentioned 150 times (depending on translation) in Scripture, often as a picture of spiritual life.  There is good reason for this: Israel was a desert country, so a river is a physical manifestation of grace.  A river is life.  We don’t know much about the Garden of Eden, but we do know this — a river ran through it (Genesis 2:10).

If a river flows, life flourishes.  But if that river dries up, the life in that river dies.

So it is with us and the Spirit. The first human being was just a pile of dirt until God breathed into him the “breath of life.”  (In Hebrew the word for “breath” is the same word used for spirit.)  One of the signs that you are in the flow of the Spirit is a sense of God-given vitality and joyful aliveness overflowing in you.  If that is not what you are experiencing most of the time, the river in you (the Spirit) may be drying up.  You may be “quenching” the life-giving power that comes with the Indwelling of the Spirit. 

When the Spirit flows in you, you are given power to become the person God designed.   Not only are you given that power, but you actually begin to become the person God meant for you to be.

A river flowed through the Garden of Eden.  A “river of life” is mentioned in heaven.  And the same River of Living Water flows through you!  Roll, river, roll!

PRAYER: Thank you for the life and refreshing that comes from the Spirit you have put within us as your children!  Let us drink deeply – and live!  And let us be a refreshment to others we meet!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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