December 1, Reading 2 – Ezekiel 47

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SAA Notes

The river is associated with Eden, the place where God walks and talks with man. Ezekiel’s Jerusalem Above is Eden Regained. The Scripture trail is Genesis 2:10 and Zechariah 14:8 and Revelation 22:1,2. God alone can regain Eden for man!

SJA Notes

* Loving God, may Your word be our guide today.

“And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kids of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”

Water is important. It is life to the parched thirst.

John 4 shows us that Jesus brings the water of life, and that if we drink from this living water, our spirits will never thirst again.

Water brings growth.

In Revelation 22 we read of the river of the water of life, directly linking with what we read here in this temple Ezekiel saw,

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

These trees are watered by the water of life.

In John 15 we read of the vine, the branches grafted in and bearing fruit. That growth comes from abiding in Jesus.

If Jesus brings the water of life in the now, and if we are plants that grow and bear fruit while on this narrow road, then how much better our life and growth will be in glory – Where the river of the water of life itself flows!

What a hope we have.

* Mighty God,

Please help us see our need for You today.

Thank You that You bring the water of life to our parched thirsty spirits.

Please Lord, please draw those around us to You, that they might drink of this water!

Amen.

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