STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO—
A rather famous event occurred in the Bible
at this very time I’m writing on a laptop
in the Steamboat Grand Hotel:
“the last day, that great day of the feast” (John 7:37).
Most scholars think the water pouring ceremony Jesus was using as an object lesson occurred during the final hours of the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles. But some think it might have overlapped sunset time and therefore occurred at least partially on the Eighth Day (the Holy Day immediately following the Feast of Tabernacles). Because in verse 53 “everyone went to his own house” and chapter eight starts with events “early in the morning” of the Eighth Day.
As I write the sun has just set and the Eighth Day for 2016 has just begun. The sermon today asked if we are thirsting for God and His plan for us. I can’t help but stop to go get a glass of water which is good even out of the hotel tap.
In the water pouring ceremony, priests would bring golden vessels of water from the Pool of Siloam on the south side of Jerusalem and pour it over the altar at the temple. I have visited this pool on two visits to Jerusalem where I was observing a Feast of Tabernacles in Israel or Jordan, but was never timely enough to be at one of the water pouring ceremonies.
For this joyous occasion trumpets blow and people sing. “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isa. 12:3).
What’s important is to experience what Jesus talked about. “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).
“But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing would receive” (verse 39).
The Master Timer chooses the best time for each of us to receive the Holy Spirit and have opportunity for salvation.
“What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (verse 38).
After that, we can ask for more of the Holy Spirit daily and grow in the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
God’s Holy Days picture His plan to change all hearts from dripping spigots to rivers of living water.
How is yours flowing?
Until next time,