Thursday, September 27, 2007

Psalm 42:1-2

Just as a deer longs for running streams,
God, I long for you.
I am thirsty for God, for the living God!
When can I come and appear before God?
- Psalm 42:1-2

Have you ever been really, really thirsty? There's nothing like finally getting a nice cold drink of water to slake your thirst. But what can be done about our spiritual thirst; that thirst that can only come from the living God?

Today is the first day of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles. During the eight days of the feast at the time of the Temple in Jerusalem, there was a daily drawing of water from the pool of Siloam. That water was then taken into the Temple. On the eight day of the feast, known as the Hoshana Rabbah or the "great hosanna," there was also a drawing of the water, but with a greater importance attached to it. The water was then taken to the Temple for a brilliant ceremony that is still commemerated in modern Judaism.

It was on this day, Hoshana Rabbah, that Y'shua said, "If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!"

Here we see God's answer to our spiritual thirst - Y'shua. If we place our trust in him, and continue to go to him and allow him to teach us his ways by studying his Word, we will have something better than anything available from the world - living water!

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