Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.
3 And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. 4 Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. 5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. 6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.
7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8 Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. 9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. 10 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. 12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”
Water, the giver of life, wherever it flows there is life, food for life and healing. The fruit will not fail and the leaf will not wither. The fruit for food and the leaf for healing.
“…Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”…”
This spiritual water flows from the temple. We receive life from our relationship with the Lord and that life bears fruit that does not fail.
“…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law….” Galatians 5:22-23
This reminds us of the fruit of the spirit: love, kindness, gentleness, joy goodness, peace, longsuffering, self-control and faithfulness.
“…Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail….”
This fruit will not fail. Let us bear this fruit and may it bring life to those who cross our paths. This fruit is desperately needed at this time, following the elections. May those who carry the name of believer or Christian show this fruit in their demeanor and interactions with the rest of society so that they do not fuel the erroneous image of ‘Christian’ so prevalent today. May this river of life flow out of us to those around us. Blessed be the name of the Lord God Jehovah.
Click on picture and worship with Don Moen; River of Life
Another site with a post along the same line of thought:
Nature’s Scroll at: http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/natures-scroll/