“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”
That’s what Jesus said in John 7:38 at the Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths). It was no small thing, and it was not uncontroversial. Since many believed that waters would flow from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth on the great Day of the Lord, Jesus was saying that “living water” (by which he meant the Holy Spirit) would actually flow from those who believed in him.
In this text, not only does Jesus confirm his divinely-appointed identity and mission, but he summons his followers to a powerful and meaningful life as they get in on the healing and hope God is bringing to the world.
The Pulse Podcast is about living abundantly wholeheartedly. It includes different kinds of content: Interviews, featured topics, or biblical studies. This episode is the later–an in-depth look at John 7:25-52.
I take us through the text, explain the significance of the background to the Feast of Tabernacles and the meaning of the Hebrews wandering through the wilderness for 40 years in the first place, and then invite us to apply these insights to this strange and uncertain time in which we live.
In the era that is coming, if you are not secure in Jesus you are not secure.
You can listen to the sermon connected to this same section of text by clicking here. It’s called “In a new and uncertain era, what is our stronghold and purpose?”
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