Listen to this fresh sermon about the new life that Jesus offers all who will believe in Him. In this study, Jeremiah takes us through the powerful 47th chapter of Ezekiel describing how Gods presence floods us with New Life! Enjoy and Pass it along!
Sermon Ezekiel 47
Revo[Lution] Ezekiel 47
When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, (Isaiah 1:15, 16 ESV)
Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side. (Ezekiel 47:1, 2 ESV)
& in verse 6:
And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?”(Ezekiel 47:6 ESV)
What are we seeing here?
In the Old Testament, the Temple was a physical representation of the presence of God among His people here on earth.
From “His presence“, water is trickling forth!
You see, God is in our midst,
And it is
God who dwells with you and among you that is speaking life to you.
–God is offering His life to you, to give you life!
And you see
-Gods desire is to not only live in your midst but to live in you.
But why do I need God and His life in me?
In the the beginning, the Bible tells us that God created all things by the word of His power. (Stars)
God is a spirit.
Genesis, the first book of the bible says that His (Gods) Spirit was hovering over the face of the deep. The earth.
Even before there were living things upon the earth, God was there. Present, with creation on his mind.
-with you on His mind
He gave life to the earth, and his very breath or his Spirit, His Pneuma was put into man (you and me) the breath of God breathed into us to bring us to life.
To give us…spirit.
This is what makes you unique.
You were created in the image of God to be with God.
His life, His Spirit literally was placed in your body to bring forth life.
–you are unique from all other
created things. The bible calls you
fearfully and wonderfully made!
But this spirit in man was killed by something!
Sin brought death to the spirit inside of us and as a result we have been separated from God.
-without God, we are spiritually
-this is why you sense that you
were created for greater purpose.
-this is why you wonder, “is there
more to life than this?”
The background for our need for God has been set.
God created us to be with Him.
But our sins have separated us from God.
And yet God still desires to be with us
in our midst.
He is still speaking to us tonight
telling us that the source of true life
comes from His presence.
We continue the vision:
Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. (Ezekiel 47:3-7 ESV)
Sit back and take notice of what God is doing..
Here is what God is doing…
As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea; when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh. And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. (Ezekiel 47:7-9 ESV)
Wherever the river goes, life flows.
Jesus spoke of Himself as the river of living water!
“…If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive…(John 7:37-39 ESV)
Jesus with the woman at the well.
“…If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:10, 13, 14 ESV)
Notice that not everyone will be healed.
Not everyone will taste of this life
It is only for those who believe.
Back to our text:
Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. (Ezekiel 47:10, 11 ESV)
Next to the Dead Sea there are these swamps or marshes and even quicksand pits…
The harder you fight the deeper you go.
To Paul, Jesus said:
It’s hard to Kick against the goads…
And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” (Ezekiel 47:12 ESV)
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb… The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. (Revelation 22:1, 17 ESV)