Sunday, September 13, 2009

Water of life... Water of healing...


Oh the water!
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We love water. All over the world. Towns are built by rivers. Have been for thousands of years.
I am in real estate. The value of waterfront is easily 4 times as much as property just a few hundred feet back from the water. One of my fantasies is to own a cabin on a lake. To see the water, play in the water, sit by the water.
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Today God talks to Ezekiel about water.
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Ezekiel 47
Trees on Both Sides of the River
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1 -2 Now he brought me back to the entrance to the Temple. I saw water pouring out from under the Temple porch to the east (the Temple faced east). The water poured from the south side of the Temple, south of the altar. He then took me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the gate complex on the east. The water was gushing from under the south front of the Temple.
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In this case, the water came from God. (Come to think of it, it ALWAYS comes from God) It was coming from under the Temple, signifying that God is the source.

3 -5 He walked to the east with a measuring tape and measured off fifteen hundred feet, leading me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another fifteen hundred feet, leading me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another fifteen hundred feet, leading me through water waist-deep. He measured off another fifteen hundred feet. By now it was a river over my head, water to swim in, water no one could possibly walk through.
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The water. First a gush, then a stream, then a wide flowing river.

6 -7 He said, "Son of man, have you had a good look?"
Then he took me back to the riverbank. While sitting on the bank, I noticed a lot of trees on both sides of the river.
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Trees are beautiful to look at, and good for shade, and provide fruit and food. I think they represent God's pleasure, and abundance, and provision. The beauty and benefit of our relationship with God.

8 -10 He told me, "This water flows east, descends to the Arabah and then into the sea, the sea of stagnant waters. When it empties into those waters, the sea will become fresh. Wherever the river flows, life will flourish—great schools of fish—because the river is turning the salt sea into fresh water. Where the river flows, life abounds. Fishermen will stand shoulder to shoulder along the shore from En-gedi all the way north to En-eglaim, casting their nets. The sea will teem with fish of all kinds, like the fish of the Great Mediterranean.
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11 "The swamps and marshes won't become fresh. They'll stay salty.
12 "But the river itself, on both banks, will grow fruit trees of all kinds. Their leaves won't wither, the fruit won't fail. Every month they'll bear fresh fruit because the river from the Sanctuary flows to them.
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Out of a dry and thirsty land, God provides. He cares. His blessings flow. Not ankle deep, but abundant. Overwhelming. Over our heads. Love. Life. Relationship. Meaning. Provision.
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Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing."
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Thankyou, Lord. Thankyou.
Thankyou Lord. Thankyou...

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