Happy Mother’s Day!! Today’s One Year Bible reading for Sunday May 13 is 1 Samuel 14:1-52, John 7:31-53, Psalm 109:1-31 and Proverbs 15:5-7. The Scripture I’ve chosen to focus on for my S.O.A.P. note Bible Study is John 7:37-39 (NLT).
On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, ‘Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ (When he said ‘living water,’ he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) – John 7:37-39 (NLT)
John 7:37-39 begins with the words of Jesus and ends with explanation from John (in parenthesis) so it is very clear that the living water that Jesus was talking about was the Holy Spirit which descended on the disciples at Pentecost. According to Jesus himself, anyone who believes in him may drink of this water.
While the Scripture that Jesus quotes in this passage is not found verbatim in the Old Testament, there are many passages that use water as a metaphor for God and his blessings.
O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be put to shame; those who turn away from you shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water. – Jeremiah 17:13 (ESV)
On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter. Zechariah 14:8 (ESV)
‘For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.’ – Isaiah 44:3 (ESV)
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. – Isaiah 55:1 (ESV)
And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. – Isaiah 58:11
Probably Jesus was referring to one of these verses but it seems to me that Isaiah captures the spirit of what Jesus was saying best.
I like that Jesus mentions that these waters will flow from His heart. One of the things I love most about our faith is how wonderfully heart centered it is.
This morning I read newsletter from a congregation I attended years ago. The message was timely and helpful but some of the announcements stirred up some unpleasant memories. I struggled to set these memories aside in order to say my morning prayers and when I did, I was overcome with a feeling of gratitude for the wonderful heart based community I am now a part of. Our faith flows from the heart by the grace of Jesus Christ!
I resolved to lay all things impeding the flow of grace to and from my own heart at the feet of Jesus. And asked for God’s help in doing this. I specifically asked for help in structuring my time so that it would better reflect my Christian values. Less TV. More family time and homemaking. Less facebook. More Scripture and prayer. Today on Mother’s Day I am reminded of what matters most.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for the gift of your Word and the many ways you reach out to me everyday. Thank you for the divine gift of the Holy Spirit. Please help me to do all I can to live my life in way that allows the allows the living water of Spirit to flow through me. Thank you Jesus for making this gift available to me and to everyone who believes. May I be a vehicle for Your grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Tomorrow’s One Year Bible reading for Monday May 14 is 1 Samuel 15:1-16:23, John 8:1-20, Psalm 110:1-7 and Proverbs 15:8-10.
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