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February 21, 2018

The Trickling River


In Ezekiel 47 there is a vision of the Temple given to the prophet. In the vision, a flow of water spills out of the temple. It starts as merely a trickle (v.2).The flow begins like so many things associated with the glory of God revealed. It starts small. It is almost imperceivable. It’s a trickle.

Like when you go into the Rockies and you will see one of those trickling places where the water only makes the rock damp, but there’s not enough of a flow to fill your water bottle.

But like that trickle on the mountainside, the trickle from the temple slowly accumulates. It becomes ankle deep, then knee deep, waist deep, and then above your head so you have to swim, and then so large and powerful that it cannot be passed through. This is the trickling river that surges with more volume and power than the Bow.

And this powerful river from the Temple would make pure and make fruitful all that it met. It would turn salt water fresh and cause fruit to grow, with the leaves of the trees for healing.

Now if you know, the vision at the end of the Book of Revelation, you will know that this vision is fulfilled ultimately in that last day Temple and its River (Revelation 22.1-2). John calls the trickling river, “the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb” (Rev 22.1).

This is the promise for all who believe in Jesus, the Lamb of God who said,  “If anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7.37-38).

Don’t be fooled by the trickling stream. It will become a purifying river. Through faith in Jesus Christ, the fullness of that water of life can wash over your parched soul.

About Clint Humfrey

Pastor of Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I'm married with three sons. Views expressed on this blog are my own.