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.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39
In today’s verses we once again read about Jesus talking about living water. When He told the woman at the well (John 4:1-15) about the water He offered it was in the context of Jacob’s well. In today’s verses there are no wells or other water sources mentioned so it seems a little out of place until we look at what the Feast of Booths celebrated.
During the Feast of Booths the Jews would construct a tent like structure that represented what the Israelites lived in during their time in the dessert. During the feast they would eat their meals in the booths and some would sleep in the booths. This feast took place during the months of September and October and was also a harvest celebration. But it was a feast of remembrance of how they lived during the time in the dessert and it was during this time that God provided for Israel. He gave them manna to eat and He provided water from the rocks to drink.
So we once again see God ready to provide water to His people. This time not water from a rock that satisfies for a time and then is needed again but living water from God that will refresh forever. Water that gives not earthly life but eternal life, water that comes only to those that choose to follow Jesus. This water comes not in a trickle, not in a stream but in rivers.
John tells us that this water is the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit will guide us. He will refresh us and he will wash over us making us into a new creation. All that is needed is to accept this gift. It costs us nothing. It cannot be bought by us. It is priceless and once we have it we cannot ever lose it. The living waters of eternal life, ours for the asking.
Have a blessed day,