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Rebecca's Well

Rebecca’s Well: The Healing River Pt. III

Text: Ezekiel 47:1-12

Companion Scriptures: Zechariah 14:8; John 7:38-39a; Revelation 22:1

…Continued from September 10th issue

The Running waters of the sanctuary

Notice the waters of the sanctuary are running waters, not stagnant. The righteous run unto them and are safe. The farther the river of God runs, the fuller are the blessings. For He sends His blessings abundantly in the yielded life to overflowing; and He sends the rain upon the just and the unjust.

Ezekiel and the angel waded through the Healing river a second time (v. 4) and it was up to their knees. They walked farther and the waters were to the loins.

Afterwards (v. 5) the angel measured and the waters had risen to become a river that they could not pass over; but they could swim. Drowning is not an option for the child of God. Hallelujah! When you meet God in His River you don’t drown, you swim. The Master Swimming Coach teaches his children to swim in “the pure river of the water of life proceeding out of the throne of God Himself and the Lamb.” (Rev. 22:12)

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Isaiah picks up the cadence. “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee … ”(Isaiah 43:2)

“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:13).

It is good for us to walk in grace under Divine Guidance as Ezekiel did – to be ever searching, ever digging, often diving into the mysteries of the Kingdom, becoming builders and construction workers for Jesus. For the gifts of the Spirit increase by being exercised. We must use our spiritual and mental gifts unless, alas, we lose their efficacy. The work of gospel grace in the believer’s life grows like the light of the morning and flows like a river.

The river of the sanctuary issued toward the east country (v. 8). In life, we travel homeward toward the rising sun. There are new mercies every morning. We experience the great American poet, Walt Whitman’s “Ever Returning Spring,” with seasons of renewal, regeneration, illumination and creativity.

The Reverend Dr. Rebecca R. Rivka, LPC is former School psychologist (ret.) Professor of Psychology, Norfolk State University. Local Elder, VA Annual Conference, African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a faithful member of the Historic St. John’s AME Church, Norfolk, VA The Reverend John D. Burton, Senior Pastor.

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