Have Life Abundantly

New JerusalemVerses from the beginning to the end of the Bible present the flow of living water. In this post we continue looking at the river in Ezekiel 47 (prior posts + +). Verse 47:5 tells us “the water had risen, enough water to swim in, a river that could not be crossed.”

This river portrays God’s desire to be life to man abundantly. In John 10:10 the Lord Jesus told us, “I have come that they may have life and may have it abundantly.” Eventually, through God being life to His children, all of creation will be blessed.

Ezekiel 47 presents some of this blessing to the creation.
• “there were very many trees on the bank of the river” (v. 7)
• “this water flows out…when it flows into the sea, the water of the sea is healed (v. 8, 9)
• “every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes shall live” (v. 9)
• “there will be very many fish, when this water comes there” (v. 9)
• “everything shall live wherever the river comes” (v. 9)
• “on the banks on both sides of the river will grow all kinds of trees for food” (v. 12)
• the trees “will bring forth new fruit every month, because the water for them flows out of the sanctuary. And their fruit shall be for food, and their leaves for healing.” (v. 12)

Like Ezekiel 47, Romans 8:18-21 speaks of the creation being blessed through the children of God; verse 21 says, “the creation itself will also be freed from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” As children of God, let us drink from this river and pray for its increasing flow to all the earth. This flow will eventually bring us to the river in New Jerusalem at the center of the new creation.

A song based on Ezekiel 47:1-2 is here.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Beatriz

     /  August 14, 2013

    No hay razón para vivir una vida miserable y fuera del propósito de Dios si tenemos la visión de este río de agua de vida que fluye en todos los creyentes para vivificarnos, renovarnos, santificarnos, hacernos la Nueva Jerusalén!
    Que esta visión gobierne y regule nuestra vida diaria!


  2. Si. Señor, da nos mas visión y utiliza esta visión para gobierne nuestra vida diaria!


  3. Gayle Sherburne

     /  August 14, 2013

    We ought to pray for the increase and spread of this river of life to every part of the inhabited earth and to its inhabitants. Why should we be deprived of this experience of life, and why should anybody? We can live the life that is really life. It is entirely possible for us to have this; we should give the river a way in ourselves, and then pray that it will find others who do not have it and flow to them!


  4. In Numbers 20:8 God said to Moses, “…speak to the rock before their eyes, so that it yields its water. Thus you shall bring forth water for them out of the rock and give the assembly and their livestock a drink.” The speaking of one man, Moses, was for the goal of giving the whole assembly water. We can speak to our Rock in prayer for the earth and its inhabitants to receive water.


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