Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary.
The picture here is of trees whose leaves do not wither and whose fruit will be gathered in abundance because, we are told, their waters they issued out of the sanctuary.
No doubt these final chapters of Ezekiel have a much more extensive fulfilment than can be indicated by a spiritual review of Gods great work as the prophet saw it. However, with a brief look we can mark out the spiritual lessons quite clearly.
The blessings in the chapter turn upon the flowing of the waters. These waters issue from the door of the sanctuary. In their onward flow, they begin in a small way and become increasingly deeper. Everywhere these waters go, they bring about a tremendous transformation: every thing . . . which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: . . . and every thing shall live whither the river cometh (Ezek. 47:9). On either side of the river grow very many trees (v. 7). The ground is bringing forth an abundance of good fruit. This fruit appears every month and is the product, not of the artificial labour so necessary in the world we know, but of natural development. The ground that before by nature brought forth thorns and briars now brings forth good fruit. These trees are sources of meat and medicinethe latter for bruises and sores. All this occurs because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary. These blessings are all benefits of redemption.
If there is a spiritual parallel here, it lies in the mighty reviving work of the Holy Spirit through the life-giving Word. The Lord brought the prophet again to the door of the sanctuary to let him see it and to enrich his experience of it. May He bring us to the same place and give us a rich experience of this reviving stream.
The best definition of revival is times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord.
J. Edwin Orr
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