8 Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. 9 There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. Ezekiel 47;8 – 9
This river is similar to the river mentioned in Revelation 22:1-2. Both rivers are associated with the river in the Garden of Eden. The river symbolizes life from God and the blessings that flow from his throne. It is a gentle, safe, deep river, expanding as it flows.
The “valley of the Dead Sea” is the geological depression in which the Dead Sea lies. The sea that will become “fresh” refers to the Dead Sea, a body of water so salty that nothing can live in it. The river will freshen the Dead Sea’s water so it can support life. This is another picture of the life-giving nature of the water that flows from God’s Temple. God’s power can transform us no matter how lifeless or corrupt we may be. Even when we feel messed up and beyond hope, his power can heal us. (Life Applications Study Bible)
Cape town the City I live in around 4.5 million people is facing a severe drought. The indication is that on the 12 April we will have no water in the taps. The word is day Zero. A couple of things come to mind.
Firstly bad planning by the authorities. Secondly even although we are facing the worst disaster yet, some people are not taking the saving effort seriously, they are still wasting water. People don’t realize that one can’t live without water. Can you imagine no water? It’s a scary thought. Why am I saying these things?
Consider the commentary again, the river (water) referred to in scripture symbolises life and the blessing that flow from God’s throne. The last while we have been talking about blessing. Here another reference or example. No matter how lifeless or corrupt you are the life-giving water can help you. It all comes through the word of God and the Holy Spirit. So as the City planned badly, we tend to plan our lives and time poorly. Again it indicates that, although all these promise and instruction are there we have to take the first step.
The second point is, although we know what is right and wrong, know precisely what to do, we still don’t do it. Just as the people of Capetown, they carry on regardless of the consequences. Running out of water will have some severe effects. Just as living with sin leads to death.
My last point is just as we cant live without water. Can we live without God? Can you be spiritually physically fulfilled without God? Remember we said the other day that man is, spirit body and soul. The one can’t function without the other. My opinion spiritual health being key, the point from which everything else flows. Just follow God’s instruction. Avoid day zero.
“Lord. I pray that those who know the way, make correct choices. Holy Spirit touch all hearts out in the world. In Jesus name, Amen.”