2 Corinthians 12:9

But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Shiloah- the fountain of life

Hey brothers and sisters!

I was sharing the following with Brandon this morning and he encouraged me to share it with you all.  Sometimes my thoughts don't really tie together well, so I'm not sure if this makes any sense, but feel free to comment and share more insight!  

To lay out the scene for you- I was reading in Isaiah this morning, really enjoying the prophesy of the coming Immanuel (Isaiah 7), and thinking how neat that, long before Jesus Christ ever came to earth as a baby, His name was already written in the word. In the back of my mind, I was thinking, "Boy, it would be nice if God would show me what to name our next child," and then I went on reading.  

I came to Isaiah 8:6, where it talks of the waters of Shiloah. I wondered exactly what those waters that the Israelites rejected was, what it symbolized, so I began studying it. Below are my observations, which have really encouraged me today.  


Shiloah- means gentle, quiet. Root word means rest.  Jesus is called Shiloh (rest-giver) in Genesis 49:10 (some verses just say "He", while others read, "Shiloh"). "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be."  In Isaiah 8:6, we find that the Israelites "rejected the gentle flowing waters of Shiloah".  This is referred to as "a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the most High dwells" (Psalm 46:4). It was a gentle flowing river because it flowed from a spring, which is why we often read of Christ being the living water.  It was not a stagnant pond.  It had a gentle, constant flow.

Shiloh is an ancient village of central Palestine, Northwest of the Dead Sea.  It was a meeting place and sanctuary for the Israelites and the site of the tabernacle where the Ark of the Covenant was kept (more on that in a bit).  There was a baptismal pool, Siloam, which means sent, (John 9:7) where Jesus told a man blind from birth to wash, located just outside the walls of the Old City to the southeast, which was fed by waters of the Gihon Spring (which seems to be synonymous with the spring of Shiloah).

We find Isaiah 8:6 echoed in Jeremiah 2:13, "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water."  Again, in Jeremiah 17:13, we read, "LORD, you are the hope of Israel; all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water."    This just stands as such a reminder to me that any time I turn to my own works, I am forsaking, denying, and rejecting the living water. I am rejecting Christ.  This living water is from Christ andis Christ. It comes from the very Throne of God. (Revelation 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.)  In other words, He is the Source

Ezekiel 47 is a beautiful picture of what happens when we rely on the living water.  (Below, verses 7-9)

Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. Then said he to me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that every thing that lives, which moves, wherever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live where the river comes.

Above we see a physical picture of what Jesus said would happen within in John 7:38: "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'"

Isaiah 44:3 "For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants."

These verses in Ezekiel also remind me of what Jesus said when he called His disciples: "Come, and I will make you fishers of men!"
Something the Lord has been showing me these last few weeks is that He fills us and changes us not for just our own benefit, but for the benefit of the whole body of Christ. The river of life within the "inner man" is not just for his or her benefit, but it is meant to overflow.  Everything it touches it brings life to.  It heals. Those things don'tt just survive but really FLOURISH with life. In the Bible, we see that everywhere around this living water is lush, green life.  So we can see that the Holy Spirit, this living water, is who should flow out from us and build up the whole body (causing it to flourish), not only touching those who also already have the Holy Spirit, but bringing more into the fold as well.  It is HIS living water that does it. Not us. It is His living water that refreshes and revives, heals and helps, cleanses and satisfies. Nothing else will do. Our own cisterns are empty and can offer nothing but dry dirt.  Digging a cistern is a lot of work. It keeps me busy, but it yields nothing.


Best of all, it is a free gift.

Revelation 22:17- The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let the one who hears say, "Come!" Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Isaiah 55:1 "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost."  This speaks of those who have nothing to offer being able to come to the stream and receive.  It reminds me that, if I think I have something to offer, if I think I can afford it myself, I will never joyfully bow before the stream to "draw water from the wells of salvation" (Isaiah 12:3).  All it requires is for me to "come", acknowledging my need.

John 4:10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
John 4:14 "... but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."


This bit below speaks of the restoration of Israel, but I believe it speaks to us as well:

Isaiah 49: 8- 10 Thus said the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in a day of salvation have I helped you: and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That you may say to the prisoners,"Come out,"; to them that are in darkness, "Be free!". They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that has mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

And I these verses, for me, really expand upon that- Psalm 36:7-9- How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house; and you shall make them drink of the river of your pleasuresFor with you is the fountain of life: in your light shall we see light.

Sounds like a wonderful place to abide- and we can! :-)



John 4:10, 14 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water... whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

Welling up to eternal life. Ahhhh. How sweet is that?

This bit below speaks of the restoration of Israel, but I believe it speaks to us as well:

Isaiah 49: 8- 10 Thus said the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in a day of salvation have I helped you: and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That you may say to the prisoners,"Come out,"; to them that are in darkness, "Be free!". They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that has mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

And I these verses, for me, really expand upon that- Psalm 36:7-9- How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house; and you shall make them drink of the river of your pleasuresFor with you is the fountain of life: in your light shall we see light.

Sounds like a wonderful place to abide- and we can! :-)

Anyway, in case you haven't figured it out, Shiloah/Shiloh will be a nice name for our next baby (due Jan. 2014).


1 comment:

  1. Pretty name - in fact, beautiful name! I love that story, and always loved to hear it spoken of at convention, as so many beautiful thoughts would come from others, that it seems it is a story that never quits! (as most in the bible are like that!) Enjoyed your thoughts!

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