37 It was the last and most important day of the feast. Jesus stood up and spoke in a loud voice. He said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Does anyone believe in me? Then, just as Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from inside them.” 39 When he said this, he meant the Holy Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus would receive the Spirit later. Up to that time, the Spirit had not been given. This was because Jesus had not yet received glory. 40 The people heard his words. Some of them said, “This man must be the Prophet we’ve been expecting.” 41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 Doesn’t Scripture say that the Messiah will come from the family line of David? Doesn’t it say that he will come from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” 43 So the people did not agree about who Jesus was. 44 Some wanted to arrest him. But no one laid a hand on him.
The Feast of Tabernacles begins and ends with a special Sabbath day of rest. During the days of the feast all native Israelites were “to dwell in booths” to remind them that God delivered them out of the “land of Egypt” and to look forward to the coming Messiah.
So, on the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus said in a loud voice, “… who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, …., rivers of living water will flow from within them.” The crowd were surprised about what Jesus just said and divided into several groups.
One group people said “Surely this man is the Prophet”. Another group said “He is the Messiah”. The others said “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?”
Actually, Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth. If they had looked more carefully, they would not jump to wrong conclusions.
The challenge of this passage to me is:
- Do I jump to conclusions before knowing more of what the Bible says?
- Do I always have the streams of living-water flow from within me?
- Do I often share the streams of living-water with others?
Dear Lord, thank you for saving my life. You are the life-giving saviour. Help me to know more about You and not to jump to wrong conclusions too quick. Amen
Written by Allen Leu