John 7

During the feast Jesus declared:”If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” As John tells us, Jesus is talking about the coming of The Spirit upon God’s people. During the period after Israel’s return from exile the water ceremony became a part of the feast of Tabernacles. Water being the most precious commodity – a ceremony developed to remember God’s provision of water during the wandering. Every day the priest would lead a procession of people to the pool of Siloam where the priest would take a golden pitcher and draw water. Then the priest and the people rejoicing along the way would return to the temple with the people carrying willow branches and singing. They would enter the temple court through the “Water Gate” where the priest would meet for morning sacrifice. On the last and greatest day of the feast this water ceremony was held 7 times and when completed the people would break out in joyous celebration by beating their willow branches on the ground, dancing, with shouts of joy. It was during this joyous celebration that was centered on water that Jesus shouted to the crowd about the amazing gift of The Spirit that God was to bestow on His people!

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  • Jerry

    On this reading I found verses 1-5 very interesting. We can hear the sarcasm of his brothers as they seek to have him go the Jerusalem to “prove” who He is in front of the leaders and the crowds. How often are we challenged by those closest to us to “prove” our faith? We can use Jesus’s example that we do all in accordance with His will &’on His schedule.

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