Exo 15:20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
Exo And Miriam answered them:
"Sing to the LORD,
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!"
Following Moses lead in praise to God we see here how Miriam led the women in praise to God in songs of praise and in dance. Imagine how those men and women must have felt at this time, God had just taken them through the
We first come across Miriam as a young girl about ten years old in Exodus chapter 2, she watched as here baby brother Moses was discovered in the bulrushes by Pharohs daughter who decided to adopt him, then she boldly spoke to her and told her she knew a woman who could nurse the baby, that being her own mother and the mother of the baby Moses. That must have taken some courage on the part of this child. The qualities of leadership were seen in her even then.
Mic 6:4 For I brought you up from the
I redeemed you from the house of bondage;
And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
You can see how Miriam was considered a leader of
Num 12:1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
Num 12:2 So they said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?" And the LORD heard it.
Num 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)
Num 12:4 Suddenly the LORD said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, "Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!" So the three came out.
Num 12:5 Then the LORD came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward.
Num 12:6 Then He said,
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak to him in a dream.
Num 12:7 Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house.
Num 12:8 I speak with him face to face,
Even plainly, and not in dark sayings;
And he sees the form of the LORD.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?"
Num 12:9 So the anger of the LORD was aroused against them, and He departed.
Num 12:10 And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper.
Num 12:11 So Aaron said to Moses, "Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned.
Num 12:12 Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother's womb!"
Num 12:13 So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, "Please heal her, O God, I pray!"
Num 12:14 Then the LORD said to Moses, "If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days, and afterward she may be received again."
Num 12:15 So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days, and the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in again.
Num And afterward the people moved from Hazeroth and camped in the Wilderness of Paran.
We find in this passage that Miriam was not always happy playing second fiddle to her younger brother Moses. She is unhappy about Moses marriage to the foreigner, the Cushite women and she discussed this was Aaron who was also unhappy about it.
We also see that Miriam is unhappy with the place the Lord has given her. Doesnt she also have talents? She also can prophesy Moses is not the only one whom God speaks to, he is not the only one who has knowledge. Aaron too questioned his brothers leadership.
The Lord summoned the three of them to the tent of meeting and He told Miriam and Aaron that Moses is more than a prophet for he spoke face to face with God- not just through dreams and visions. Moses was the mediator between him and the people. To reject Moses was to reject Gods man. Miriam and Aaron thought to highly of themselves. They questioned the position God had given them. We too need to accept the position which the Lord has given us. Miriams example shows us that that it is not always easy to accept when others are placed in authority over us.
Miriam is punished for her sin, she is struck with leprosy and put outside the camp for 7 days. Moses cried out to God and after 7 days she was healed and restored. I suspect Miriam learned many lessons during that week when she was outside the camp. We may wonder why this happened to Miriam and not Aaron also, but maybe Gods word to them and seeing what was happening to his sister was enough to bring him to repentance and give him a contrite spirit.
Do you see in this passage that Moses was described as humble before God, this was something his brother and sister had to learn a lesson of humility. I am sure this experience must have made a profound change in both their lives.
Lets learn to accept our God given positions, to be humble but firstly we need to know our position and start fulfilling it. God has a place for each of us, surely there is nowhere better to be than in the center of Gods will for us, serving Him.
Hannah, A Godly woman gives birth to Samuel
1Sa 1:1 There was a man named Elkanah who lived in Ramah [in the hill country of Ephraim. He was the son of Jeroham and grandson of Elihu, from the family of Tohu and the clan of Zuph.
1Sa 1:2 Elkanah had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, while Hannah did not.
1Sa 1:3 Each year Elkanah and his family would travel to
1Sa 1:4 On the day Elkanah presented his sacrifice, he would give portions of the sacrifice to Peninnah and each of her children.
1Sa 1:5 But he gave Hannah a special portion [because he loved her very much, even though the LORD had given her no children.
1Sa 1:6 But Peninnah made fun of Hannah because the LORD had closed her womb.
1Sa 1:7 Year after year it was the same Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Hannah would finally be reduced to tears and would not even eat.
1Sa 1:8 "What's the matter, Hannah?" Elkanah would ask. "Why aren't you eating? Why be so sad just because you have no children? You have me isn't that better than having ten sons?"
1Sa 1:9 Once when they were at
1Sa 1:10 Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the LORD.
1Sa 1:11 And she made this vow: "O LORD Almighty, if you will look down upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the LORD, his hair will never be cut."
1Sa 1:12 As she was praying to the LORD, Eli watched her.
1Sa 1:13 Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking.
1Sa 1:14 "Must you come here drunk?" he demanded. "Throw away your wine!"
1Sa 1:15 "Oh no, sir!" she replied, "I'm not drunk! But I am very sad, and I was pouring out my heart to the LORD.
1Sa 1:16 Please don't think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow."
1Sa 1:17 "In that case," Eli said, "cheer up! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him."
1Sa 1:18 "Oh, thank you, sir!" she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.
1Sa 1:19 The entire family got up early the next morning and went to worship the LORD once more. Then they returned home to Ramah. When Elkanah slept with Hannah, the LORD remembered her request,
1Sa 1:20 and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, "I asked the LORD for him."
1Sa 1:21 The next year Elkanah, Peninnah, and their children went on their annual trip to offer a sacrifice to the LORD.
1Sa 1:22 But Hannah did not go. She told her husband, "Wait until the baby is weaned. Then I will take him to the Tabernacle and leave him there with the LORD permanently."
1Sa 1:23 "Whatever you think is best," Elkanah agreed. "Stay here for now, and may the LORD help you keep your promise." So she stayed home and nursed the baby.
1Sa 1:24 When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh. They brought along a three-year-old bull for the sacrifice and half a bushel of flour and some wine.
1Sa 1:25 After sacrificing the bull, they took the child to Eli.
1Sa 1:26 "Sir, do you remember me?" Hannah asked. "I am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the LORD.
1Sa 1:27 I asked the LORD to give me this child, and he has given me my request.
1Sa 1:28 Now I am giving him to the LORD, and he will belong to the LORD his whole life." And they worshiped the LORD there.
Elkanah had two wives, Hannah (grace) and Peninnah (pearl). The practice of polygamy is seen again here, not that God approved the practice, just as in the case of Leah and Rachel, one wife was fruitful while the other was barren. This caused rivalry in the the home because, although Hannah was childless, she was more loved by her husband.. When the family traveled to Shiloh ... yearly to celebrate one of the feasts, Hannah would receive a double portion of the peace offering. The family traveled to Shiloh for worship and sacrifice every year and at this time Perimnah would taunt Hannah because she was childless, while she had children.. Those taunts hurt Hannah and she cried out to the Lord in prayer. 1:1118 Hannah vowed that if God would give her a male child, she would give him back to the LORD.
The old priest, Eli, saw Hannahs lips moving and thought she was drunk. But as soon as she explained her actions, he realized how serious she was, so he blessed her, and sent her on her way in peace. Hannah was concerned about her physical barrenness. In the same way we should mourn our spiritual barrenness.
Nine months later the baby Samuel was born, he had been dedicated to the Lord even before he was born.. Hannah gave praise to the Lord and not only that in 1Sa 1:22-28 she states that Samuels whole life will be dedicated to the Lord and she was giving him up to be trained in the tabernacle.
After Samuel was weaned (probably in his third year) she brought him to Shiloh into the house of the Lord, and said to Eli the aged priest, Oh my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord heard my prayer and that which I asked of him, so I am giving him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is the Lords .
2:1 My heart exults in the LORD,
my horn is exalted in my God.
I have swallowed up my enemies;
I rejoice in my victory.
2 There is no Holy One like the LORD;
there in no Rock like our God.
3 Speak boastfully no longer,
nor let arrogance issue from your mouths.
For an all-knowing God is the LORD,
a God who judges deeds.
4 The bows of the mighty are broken,
while the tottering gird on strength.
5 he well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
while the hungry batten on spoil.
The barren wife bears seven sons,
while the mother of many languishes.
6 The LORD puts to death and gives life;
he casts down to the nether world; he raises up again.
7 The LORD makes poor and makes rich,
he humbles, he also exalts.
8 He raises the needy from the dust;
from the ash heap he lifts up the poor,
To seat them with nobles
and make a glorious throne their heritage.
He gives to the vower his vow,
and blesses the sleep of the just.
For the pillars of the earth are the LORDS,
and he has set the world upon them.
9 He will guard the footsteps of his faithful ones,
but the wicked shall perish in the darkness. For not by strength does man prevail;
10 the LORDS foes shall be shattered.
The Most High in heaven thunders;
The LORD judges the ends of the earth,
Now may he give strength to his king,
and exalt the horn of his anointed!
11 When Elkanah returned home to Ramah, the child remained in the service of the LORD under the priest Eli.
She praised the Lord in this remarkable prophetic song. Hannah poured out her heart in thanksgiving. She shows an in-depth knowledge of God in those words, His character, and His deeds. The prayer seems to rebuke Peninnah for all the spiteful things she had said to Hannah, but it prophetically goes beyond the domestic squabble to the triumph of Israel over her foes and to the eventual reign of Christ v 10.(The anointed).
And the child Samuel grew before the Lord. Hannah had three sons and two daughters after Samuel.
The Lord is spoken of as a rock in the Old Testament. In the New Testament the Lord Jesus Christ is called the chief corner stone (1 Pet. 2:6). In Matthew 16:18 Christ spoke of Himself when He said, upon this rock I will build my church. That Rock upon which Hannah rested is the same Rock upon which we rest today. ON CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK WE STAND, ALL OTHER GROUND IS SINKING SAND.
Predominant in this passage is the thought that God has given life. Job said, the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD (Job 1:21) The Lord is in control.
1Sa 2:7 - The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich,.... Which is true in a natural sense of the same persons, as might be exemplified in the case of Job; and of different persons, as in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus; for both poverty and riches are of God, see Pro_22:2. Poverty is of God; for though it is sometimes owing to a man's own conduct, yet that there is such a difference among men in general, that some should be poor, and others rich, is owing to the wise providence of God, that men may be dependent on one another. Riches are of God, and are the gifts of his bountiful providence; for though they are oftentimes the fruits of industry and diligence, as means, yet not always; and whenever they are, they are to be ascribed to the blessing of God attending the diligent hand. This is also true in a spiritual sense; for though spiritual poverty is owing to the fall of Adam, and to the actual sins and transgressions of men, whereby they become poor and miserable, yet all this is not without the knowledge and will of God: and it is he that makes men sensible of their poverty, and then makes them rich in spiritual things, with his own grace, and the blessings of it, with the riches of grace here, and of glory hereafter; all which flow from the good will of God, who has laid up much for his people, bestowed much on them, and entitles them to more; and which come to them through the poverty of Christ, who, though he was rich, became poor, that they through his poverty might be made rich, 2Co_8:9 he bringeth low, and lifteth up; which has been verified in the same persons, as in Job, Nebuchadnezzar, &c. and in different persons, for he puts down one, and raises up another; so he rejected Saul from being king, and took David from the sheepfold, debased Haman, and raised Mordecai to great dignity: and, in a spiritual sense, the Lord shows men the low estate and condition they are brought into by sin, humbles them under a sense of it, brings down their proud spirits to sit at the feet of Jesus, and to submit to him, and to his righteousness; and he lifts them up by his son out of their fallen, captive, and miserable estate, and by his Spirit and grace brings them out of the horrible pit of nature into the state of grace; sets them upon the rock Christ, and makes their mountain to stand strong by the discoveries of his love, and will at last lift them up to glory, and place them on the same throne with Christ. (Gills Commentary).
Man is powerless, by his own efforts, our own power, and strength, can never accomplish anything for God. We as Christians today need to recognize that fact. It is only what you and I do by the power of the Holy Spirit that will count. We need to learn to be dependent upon Him and rest in Him.
The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed [1 Sam. 2:10].
This is one of the great verses of Scripture and the first one to use the name Messiahthe word anointed is the Hebrew word Messiah. It is translated Christos in the Greek New Testament and comes to us as Christ in English. It is the title of the Lord Jesus. God is getting ready to set up a kingdom in Israel. Since Israel has rejected the theocracy, God is going to appoint them a king.( thru the Bible with Vernon McGhee)
Exo 17:1 -7 read in your own time.
The Lord has always been the provider of water for those who thirst.
Joh 4:5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Joh 4:6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
Joh 4:7 A woman of
Joh 4:8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Joh 4:9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, "Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."
Joh 4:11 The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?
Joh 4:12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?"
Joh Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,
Joh but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."
Joh 4:15 The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."
Joh Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."
Joh The woman answered and said, "I have no husband."
Jesus said to her, "You have well said, "I have no husband,'
Joh 4:18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly."
Joh 4:19 The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in
Joh Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in
Joh 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
Joh 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
Joh 4:25 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things."
Joh Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."
Joh 4:27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, "What do You seek?" or, "Why are You talking with her?"
Joh 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,
Joh "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"
Joh Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
Joh And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all that I ever did."
Joh 4:40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.
Joh And many more believed because of His own word.
Joh 4:42 Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."
Jews and Samaritans didnt like each other. Thats putting it mildly. They did everything they could to avoid each other Jews considered Samaritans to be infidels. No doubt the Samaritans felt the same towards Jews. Though both claimed Abraham as their father in the faith, each believed the other to have corrupted the faith. Then, as now, no passion exceeds that of ones who believe they have the right theology. In a nutshell, that was the rub between Jews and Samaritans. So custom, tradition and the law decreed that the two be separate and distinct.
Jewish men didnt speak in public to women, even their own wives. For a rabbi this would have been an even greater restriction. Women were not publicly taught the Law. A woman's place in that society was nothing like our own. But Jesus never treated women in the expected ways of his culture. He talked with them. He taught them. He expected and trusted them to be able to proclaim the Good News. He told stories using women as his characters. He even gave an illustration of what God was like using the image of the woman searching for the Lost Coin. Jesus acted and spoke as if women and men were equal before God and his eyes.
Jesus was passing through
The woman Jesus spoke to knew her life was in a mess. She seems to have made some rather bad decisions about her love life - to get through five husbands takes some doing - whilst divorce was allowed for Jews and Samaritans, that number of divorces, would, then as now, give rise to some comments. She is also living with someone who she is not married to- again very unusual in that age.
The fact her life is in a mess is shown by the fact that she goes to the well in the middle of the day by herself. Water is heavy to carry and the women of a village would probably go together, at the start or the end of the day. They would go together to catch up on the gossip and they would go in the cool of the morning or the evening to make the job easier. Also, if you look at Bible commentaries it would seem that the well was about a mile out of the nearest village.
This woman's life is so messy that the other women don't want to be seen with her. She has to go out when everyone else will be resting in the heat of the day, and she has to go to a well further away.
No doubt the local religious people and the local religious leaders would have shunned her. Yet Jesus doesn't. Jesus asks her for a drink and starts talking to her. Jewish men in that era didn't talk to women by themselves. Jews of that era did not talk to Samaritans who didn't worship God in the proper way and whose racial ancestry made them beyond the pale for good Jewish people.
So we have Jesus talking to a woman whose lifestyle mean she was an outsider, whom the "so called good" people of her village wouldn't associate with and who the religious people would have condemned.
What does Jesus do? Does he pile on the condemnation? Does he tell her to get her life sorted? No, he starts conversing with her and takes a look at her deepest needs.
Jesus manages to see past the mess of the woman's life and to see her inner yearning for spirituality and meaning.
We all know people whose lives are a mess. We all know people whom we need to get along side and follow the example of Jesus with the woman at the well. What did Jesus do? Look at the passage, Jesus did three things with the woman once he got into the conversation with her. He called her, he taught her, and he sent her.
His initial conversation about wanting water gave him a chance to talk about a living water which comes from God which would give lasting satisfaction. Imagine the womans amazement that Jesus understands her yearning for things that last. He tells her about the mess of her life confirming to her the insight he has. We have also been called by Jesus into a living relationship with Jesus. We are all continually called by Jesus to continue following him. Sometimes we think our response to this call is a once and for all event. We were called to start the journey but, it seems to me, that Jesus continues to call us to follow him, especially when we get tired, or when we get too comfortable along the way.
We can get distracted by things around us, by the good things in our lives, by the pain in our lives, by niggles with others, by problems, which we don't address.
After Jesus had gained the woman's attention he started to teach her. He taught her about true worship which is not dependant upon a certain place, or upon sacrifices of animals. True worship is a matter of the heart, where we worship the God who is spirit, with our own spirits.
Thorough teaching in the faith helps us to understand difference and diversity. Being taught our faith, through sermons, through other forms of teaching like the daily devotionals, help us know our Bibles better and able to cope with questions and queries thrown at us. It equips us for service and is one of the main tasks of the church.
Jesus then sent the woman to go about spreading the good news. This is not explicit in his encounter with her but she goes and spreads the message of Jesus among the people in her village. This was risky - going to speak to people who had shunned her took a lot of courage. We too are sent - the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations applies to us too. We do this in many ways, some of them more risky than others.
To go and spread the gospel in our/ your community can be about taking risks. Sometimes, to go to our community is as risky as that woman at the well going to her community.
In verse 18 Jesus comments on the state of marriage. Jesus clearly says the man whom this woman was living with (and having sexual relations with) was not her husband. So, God does not recognize or allow "common law" marriage. A marriage ceremony and exchanging of vows is required by God to have a husband and wife relationship.
The woman tried to divert the attention Jesus had given her personal life by bringing up this theological question. Her lifestyle would suggest that worshipping God was not a high priority of hers, so the place and method of worship would certainly not be of that much importance to her. This woman like millions of people today was deceived by Satan into being more occupied with theological questions about God than about her personal relationship with God. Jesus brought her right back to her personal need by saying that the place and method of worship was not what God was after. God seeks to be worshipped in the hearts of men.
Johns Gospel introduces us to the Holy Spirit as the key to truly dynamic devotion to God. It anticipates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit who will become the very energy of the believers devotional life. The Holy Spirit will maximize prayer and worship. In this chapter Jesus talks of living water.
Verses 2124 Worship God frequently, praise Him with your whole heart, praise Him in spoken words and in song, if you have a spiritual language use it to praise him as well as with your understanding. Jesus is the giver of those living waters.
Isa 55:1 "Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Isa 55:2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Isa 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you--
The sure mercies of David.
Jesus alluded to this passage in Isaiah on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." John 7: 37-38
What Jesus offers is free Some of us since we have been Christians have never learned how we can be free from things in life that have us in bondage. However, sometimes we classify and justify our sins to the point that we become unaware of the stronghold that they have on our lives.
Good names for these sins are hang ups. These are the sins in your life that you ask God to forgive you for, yet you continually go right back to those sins. Sin separates us from God and distances our relationship with God at the same time. Sin separates us from God, we cannot walk in the spirit and walk in sin We should be so concerned about becoming strong disciples of Jesus Christ and growing up to be like him so we desire complete freedom from every sin that has us bound. We simply cannot grow to the place where we need to be in Jesus Christ if we are in bondage to things that distance our relationship with Him.
What did Jesus mean by living water?
In the Old Testament, many verses speak of thirsting after God as one who thirsts for water.
Psalm 42:1, 2 (NASB) 1As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. 2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?
Isaiah 55:1 (NASB) 1"Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Jeremiah 2:13 (NASB) 13"For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Zechariah 13:1 (NASB) 1"In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of
God is called the Fountain of Life.
Psalm 36:7-9 (AMP) 7How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. 8They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures. 9For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light.
By Jesus saying He would bring living water that could forever quench a persons thirst for God, Jesus was in fact claiming to be the Messiah that He was.
Only the Messiah could give a gift that satisfies the souls aspiration.
The Samaritan woman only had to drink of this pure living water, that Jesus was ready to give her, and her thirst would be quenched.
The first step of getting deliverance from any particular sin is simply replacing that sin with the things of God.
1. Whatever that habitual sin is that you have quit a million times and kept going back to must be laid to rest at the altar of Jesus and left there.
2. Most of the time, it is not about whether or not we can let go of those sins, but instead, it has to do with our own willingness to let go of these sins.
3. Ezekiel 20:7 (AMP) 7Then said I to them, Let every man cast away the abominable things on which he feasts his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.
4. Isaiah 55:7 (AMP) 7Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon.
How to drink living water
. Isaiah 55:1-3 (AMP) 1WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. 3Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.
Food costs money, lasts only a short time, and meets only physical needs.
However, God offers us free nourishment that feeds our soul.
All of us come who are thirsty.
We come to the living water.
Isaiah 55:2-3 (AMP) 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. 3Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.
: Jeremiah 2:13 (NASB) 13"For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
The Holy Spirit is the living water of our souls.
'For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;
He will pour out His Spirit to those who thirst after Him.
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God. Psa 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God? Psa 42:3
My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
He will give you back all the joy, pour out your soul to the Lord.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.
O my God, my soul is in despair within me;
Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan
And the peaks of Hermon, from
Do you remember all the good things you have experienced in your past, thank the Lord. Give thanks.
Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
Out of the hard times , out of the dryness He wants to restore you and take you to that deeper place.
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night,
A prayer to the God of my life.
I will say to God my rock, "Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"
As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me,
While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.
So cast away all despair, God wants to restore you fully, come all who are thirsty, all who are weak and come to the fountain , where there is such precious living waters that are overflowing for you. Rejoice in the Lord always. He has given His life for us and poured out His Spirit.
Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--
Joh 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
Joh I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
He has given us His Spirit. Are you hungry and thirsty, here is food and water for your soul. Food is there for you from God's word and water from the fountains of living water, the Holy Spirit.
LET THE LIVING WATERS FLOW THROUGH YOU AND ME.
John 4:28-30 (NASB) 28So the woman left her water pot, and went into the city and said to the men, 29"Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?" 30They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.
After the Samaritan woman drank of the living water that Jesus gave her, she went back in to town. However, she left her water pot with Jesus Christ. Have you left the sewer water of your life with Jesus or do you keep trying to take it back? We can learn to leave the sewer water behind and drink from the living water that Jesus offers us that will always quench our thirst.
I think that this story was told to others by the woman herself in later years and so this was included in the Gospel. This woman was a disciple of Christ. No doubt about it. One has to wonder what influence this woman had on later events in
THE TEN VIRGINS
Mat 25:1 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
Mat 25:4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
Mat 25:6 "And at a cry was heard: "Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!'
Mat 25:7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8 And the foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
Mat 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, "No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'
Mat 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
Mat 25:11 "Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, "Lord, Lord, open to us!'
Mat 25:12 But he answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
Mat 25:13 "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
So we can ask ourselves who are the foolish virgins and who are the wise?
Lets look at wisdom in the Bible
Pro 2:1 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
Pro 2:2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,
Pro 2:3 and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
Pro 2:4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
Pro 2:5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
Pro 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Pro 2:7 He holds victory in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
Pro 2:8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Pro 2:9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair-every good path.
Pro 3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
Pro 3:2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you prosperity.
Pro 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Pro 3:4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
Pro 3:6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Col 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
2Ti 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. The wise do not look to their own understanding. They boldly proclaim who Jesus is, and trust in Him and Him alone for their salvation. They desire to learn of Him and seek His presence.
And the Foolish
Pro 9:6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of understanding.
Pro The woman Folly is loud;
she is undisciplined and without knowledge.
Pro 14:7 Stay away from a foolish man,
for you will not find knowledge on his lips.
Pro 15:7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools.
Pro 19:3 A man's own folly ruins his life,
yet his heart rages against the LORD .
Jer 5:4 I thought, "These are only the poor;
they are foolish,
for they do not know the way of the LORD ,
the requirements of their God.
Jer 5:21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,
who have eyes but do not see,
who have ears but do not hear:
Mat 7:26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
Luk 24:25 He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
Rom For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Men and women steeped in nothing but religiosity are foolish for they lean to their own understanding and a works based Gospel.
Oil signifies the Holy Spirit in the Bible. 1Sa 16:13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.
Heb 1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions."
The Bridegroom , the Lord Jesus Christ closes the parable with a warning for all who are not part of His bride.
We must understand that there will be 3 Groups of People on the Earth when the Rapture takes place!
The 1st Group - people who are completely unaware that the Rapture is about to take place.
Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Mat 24:38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
Mat 24:39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
Luk 17:27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
Luk 17:29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
Luk Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
They will be just as ignorant as the people who were alive on the Earth when:
1. The flood that Noah warned of took place.
2. The cities of
This is what people were doing, when the flood took place, in Noahs day and when the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed and what people will be doing when
the Rapture takes place:
1. Eating 2. Drinking 3. Buying 4. Selling 5. Planting 6. Building 7. Marrying 8.Divorcing 9. Remarrying
The 2nd Group will consist of people who think that they are ready to meet the Bridegroom.
These people, who profess to be Christians, are referred to as Foolish Virgins. They are people who think they are born-again believers (Christians) but they are not born again. They are relying on what they have done rather than on the finished work of Christ.
After the Rapture some of the people who thought that they were Christians will plead with the Lord Jesus Christ!
Mat Many will say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
So it is so very important to be sure of our salvation, if you are not 100% sure of your salvation, I implore you this is the time to make sure.
So it is so very important to be sure of our salvation, if you are not 100% sure of your salvation, I implore you this is the time to make sure.
The scarlet thread is blood red signifying the covering of blood, she was under the blood and saved. Scarlet signifies redemption throughout the Bible.not only that though for her blood line would be a very significant one- for David then Jesus was a descendant of Rahab.