Study 34 From the Book of Ezekiel is: Ezekiel 47:1-1
The prophet is shown another aspect of what it means when God dwells in the midst of His redeemed and reconciled people.
- Notice particularly where the river comes from. What may those who seek reform, whether it be social, political, or moral learn from the revelation here given to Ezekiel? Cf. Ps. 46:4; Is. 33:21; Rev. 22:1, 2.
- What is symbolized by the increasing depth and extend of the waters? How long is it since you first came to Christ, and became a temple for His indwelling? Are the living waters flowing from your life in increasing measure? If not, what is wrong? Cf. Jn.7:37-39
- The river of life sought out the most desolate and seemingly irrecoverable region in all the land, and brought life and healing. Recall how this was also Christ’s method. Cf. Mk. 2:16, 17; Lk. 15:1, 2; 19:10; 23:42, 43. What have these things to say to us?
- Verse 1. The waters flowed from the sanctuary across the inner court, south of the altar, and appeared on the right -hand side of the outer east gate.
- Verse 8. ‘The sea’: i.e., Dead Sea, in which nothing can live.
- Verse 12. Cf. Ps. 1:3; Je. 17:8; Rev. 22:2.