The Water of Life
Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. Let him that hears say, come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
John 7:37-39 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried,
Saying, If any man thirst, come unto me, and drink. He that believes on me, as
The Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this
Spake he of the Spirit, which they which believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)”
Water in Scripture speaks of the Holly Spirit; Cleansing and purifying, refreshing and encouraging.
In the beginning in Eden there was one river divided into four; “to water the garden”–the place God made for man. (Genesis 2:10-14)
In the end, one of the last things Jesus tells John in the Revelation is:
“…and whosoever will let him take the water of life freely”
Water is a necessity in our life; and it is a symbol of the necessity of the Holy Spirit’s
Influence in the life of the believer, usually through the Word of God.
Since, as Christians, we too are journeying thru the “wilderness” of this world; one of
The best examples of our need of the water of life is Israel; and the five instances of water; given them in the wilderness wanderings.
The first was Marah:
Having come miraculously through the Red Sea; God brings His people three days into the wilderness and proves them.
Would they look to Him, since they had seen both the Passover Night’s results and
The Red Sea Victory?
Exodus 15: 22-24. “So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur, and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no
Water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah,
For they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people
Murmured against Moses, saying , What shall we drink?”
Three days and the two million Israelites were going dry. Further problems: when the water was reached, it was bitter or harmful to drink.
How often it is the case with us , we look for continued good, because we have had a special blessing; but then, trouble/difficulties.
And it often seems to get worse. We feel the Lord is not hearing us–the waters are bitter.
What do we do? Cry to the Lord in complaint or in submission?
Exodus 15:25-26 “And he cried unto the LORD; and the Lord showed him a tree, which
When he cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: There He made for them
A statute and an ordinance, and there He proved them. And said, If thou will diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in
His sight, and wilt give ear unto His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will
Put none of these diseases upon thee, which I brought upon the Egyptians: for I
Am the LORD that healeth thee.”
Moses was dry , too; but there was not murmuring from him–only seeking the Lord
For direction. This is faith in action. The Holy Spirit often uses “bitter waters” to
Stir up our faith to seek and trust the Lord.
Israel shows, that to most of them; He was not a God to trust and obey: but
Only to complain to because they do not have what they think they should have.
Still, and this is very blessed; The Lord gave instruction to them all–with promise.
If you will hear and obey My voice and Word; I will keep you from all that I judged
And then He gives them a new name whereby they could call on Him: I am the Lord
That Heals you.
The second water was Elim:
Exodus 15:27 “And they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water, and
Three score and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.”
Here were twelve wells. One for each tribe.
Fullness for each individual believer is set forth here in Elim.
Usually when our faith is proved; whether we are corrected or not; a blessing is given afterwards. To show us what God wants to give if we will follow Him in faith.
The third water was Rephidim:
Exodus 17:1-6 “And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the
Wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD,
And pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.
Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? Wherefore do ye tempt
The Lord? And the people thirsted there for water, and the people murmured against
Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to
Kill us and our children, and our cattle with thirst? And Moses cried unto the LORD
Saying, What shall I do unto this people? They be almost ready to stone me.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee the elders of Israel; and thy rod , with which thou smotest the river, take in thy hand and
Go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shall
Smite the rock; and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.
And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.”
This was the water given from the smitten rock; it was right before Mt. Sinai, where
The Law was given.
This shows that God gives the Spirit. To encourage and help us with the Word that
(1 Corinthians 10:4 “And did all drink this same spiritual drink; for they drank of that
Spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”)
But how do we receive Him and His Word? The Israelites went on to Sinai: some feared God; and others (and , yes, they were few), went on and worshipped.
Enlightenment from the Scriptures, only comes through the Holy Spirit. None can “see” God in the true beauty of Holiness, except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Chronicles 16:29, 1Chronicles 20:21)
None can enjoy His commandments (to them), except by the Holy Spirit’s workings.
Israel refused to obey the Lord again and again; and afterwards, when they came to
The Promised Land, refused to go in.
They were then sent out to wander in the wilderness till all the first generation which
Came from Egypt were almost dead. Then they headed back to the Land; some,
Dieing; others learning from the corrections sent.
The fourth water was from the rock which was to be spoken to:
Numbers 20: 1-11 ” Then came the children of Israel…into the desert of Zin…and the abode in Kadesh;…And there was no water for the congregation: And
They gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people…spake, saying,…And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?…And Moses and Aaron
Went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the Tabernacle of the
Congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared
Unto them. And the LORD spake unto Moses saying, Take the rod, and gather the
Assembly together, thou and thy brother Aaron, and speak ye unto the rock before
Their eyes, and it shall give forth its water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water
Out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation…drink.
And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as He commanded him. And Moses
And Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, And he said unto them, Hear now ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And
Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water
Came out abundantly, and the congregation drank,…”
Here the second generation of Israelites were going back; near the entering of the Land again;
But no water.
How often have we had barren times: in service, in devotions, in prayer?
We are as “dry” and ready, it would seem to us, to “perish”.
Why have You brought us this way, Lord?
This generation needed to learn the sufficiency of their God. So…
Moses was told to “speak” to the Rock ( a symbol of Christ in Heaven, where our
Prayers for help come and are answered. And how are they answered? By help,
Instruction, and grace through the Holy Spirit abiding in us.)
Moses failed; in anger he struck the Rock (Not that we can boast that we have not done the same thing in our angry prayers at times.)
But God gave water in grace to His People.
It appears, here, God was not really angry with the congregation. Instead He was testing this second generation. He was ready to teach them a lesson about the
Relationship they were to have with Him.
In a few months they were going to cross the Jordan and possess the Land.
And how would that be done?
By “speaking” to Him; getting direction from Him and being obedient by faith.
What a lesson God wanted to teach! What a lesson we all need to learn.
The fifth water was at Beer:
Numbers 21:16-18 ” And from thence they went to Beer. This is the well
Whereof the Lord spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them
Water. Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it: the princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it , by the direction of the lawgiver, with
The princes and nobles of the people were gathered and told to “dig” a well with the
Staff that was in their hand!
An amazing moment; when the leaders of the people were giving water from the
well to the people, by their own actions. This was not through Moses, but through the Leaders of the people
God was showing them how He would provide for them and their families, through their obedience.
It is a blessed thing when the Lord shows us how we can be a blessing under the
Holy Spirit’s influence and power to others.
Right after this, this second generation entered into their first battle and won!
Numbers 21:23-24 “And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border:
But Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the
Wilderness: And he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land…”
How many lessons does the Lord try and teach us?
How many times has He given more of the Holy Spirit’s grace and influence to us; and What have we done with it.
The first generation used none of the lessons, instructions and blessings
They were as these:
2 Timothy 3:7 “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
The second generation was corrected often; Victories and failures, both–but they
Took the land promised them, possessed their possessions, however imperfectly.
What of us? What are we doing with the Waters of Life offered us?