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365 Devotionals: Something New

Memory Verse: Memory verse: So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man [an angel] whose appearance was like bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway. Ezekiel 40:3 AMP

Song of The Day

Watch and listen to “Healing Water” by Oak Creek Worship.

Bible Basis

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14thEzekielChapter 46Chapter 48Healing Water

Key People

Here is a list of key people – the who’s who of overcomers, found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Ezekiel. Acknowledged as a Hebrew prophet. In Judaism and Christianity, he is also viewed as the 6th-century BCE author of the Book of Ezekiel, which reveals prophecies regarding the destruction of Jerusalem, the restoration to the land of Israel, and what some call the Millennial Temple (or Third Temple) visions.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Ezekiel 46 – 48

Ezekiel 46 Amplified Version (AMP)
Ezekiel 47 Amplified Version (AMP)
Ezekiel 48 Amplified Version (AMP)

Reflection

In today’s reading, Ezekiel has visions of waters that begin at ankle depth, but rise to over-head height. These waters flow from the temple of God and have healing properties like the pool of Bethesda.

Now in Jerusalem, near the Sheep Gate, there is a pool, which is called in Hebrew (Jewish Aramaic) Bethesda, having five porticoes (alcoves, colonnades). In these porticoes lay a great number of people who were sick, blind, lame, withered, [waiting for the stirring of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down into the pool at appointed seasons and stirred up the water; the first one to go in after the water was stirred was healed of his disease.]

John 5:2-4 AMP

(Is it just me or does it seem like this water theme is recurring?)

From Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Ezekiel 47

In Ezekiel 47, we have the vision of the holy waters, their rise, extent, depth, and healing virtue, the plenty of fish in them, and an account of the trees growing on the banks of them… living waters that shall go out from Jerusalem… Most interpreters agree that these waters signify the gospel of Christ, which went forth from Jerusalem, and spread itself into the countries about, and the gifts and powers of the Holy Ghost which accompanied it, and by virtue of which it spread far and produced strange and blessed effects…

Christ is the temple; he is the door; from him those living waters flow, out of his pierced side. It is the water that he gives us that is the well of water which springs up, Jn. 4:14 . And it is by believing in him that we receive from him rivers of living water; and this spoke he of the Spirit, Jn. 7:38Jn. 7:39 . The original of these waters was not above-ground, but they sprang up from under the threshold; for the fountain of a believer’s life is a mystery; it is hid with Christ in God, Col. 3:3

… It has been often said that in the scripture, like these waters of the sanctuary, there are some places so shallow that a lamb may wade through them, and others so deep that an elephant may swim in them...

There was a certain man there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to get well?” The invalid answered, “Sir, I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am coming [to get into it myself], someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up; pick up your pallet and walk.” Immediately the man was healed and recovered his strength, and picked up his pallet and walked.

John 5:5-9 AMP

The healing water at the pool of Bethesda is not some Bible-day phenomenon that we can only read about in scriptures. There are accounts of “holy water” from certain natural reservoirs, providing healing benefits today. These are also called, “faith healings.” Do I believe in them? I most certainly do. I have witnessed prayer for a person that saved his life right before my eyes.

You can even bring it closer to home. The body is at least 80% water. If you drink about 8oz of water every four hours, the body will begin to heal itself naturally. (While this is true, drinking more than enough water will not give your body time to use its natural filtration system and you can actually drown just by drinking too-much water. This illustrates the principle that everything is to be done in moderation with wisdom. Don’t just take advice and run with it. Do your own research.)

The Holy Spirit is characterized as a fountain of living water that never runs dry. His indwelling allows the Spirit of God to flow through the human experience. Unlike natural water poisoning, you cannot be “too full” of the Holy Spirit. You can also share a “drink” with someone else by your witnessing or sharing the Word with him or her. Let this living water be your drink of choice for life.


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