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Living Water Springs (Revelation 7.16-17)

"Never again will they hunger, never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Revelation 7.16-17)✞

Scorching Heat

Springs of Living Water"Hunger and thirst" were everyday factors in the time of Jesus and often there was no food to eat. At other times, the well would run dry in the scorching heat and the rivers would stop flowing. Isaiah 49.10 prophecies of the future, "They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water." In Heaven, no one will suffer these every day stresses. Shade is also at a premium but in Heaven there is no "scorching heat" from the searing sun. Here, there is only shade, peace and springs of living water.

Lamb Becomes Shepherd

The Lamb of GodThe Lamb now becomes the shepherd, a curious transformation, to lead the chosen people to living water, the very presence of God. When you are suffering physically or emotionally, take comfort that God will give you his gift of "living water." The water of life which Jesus brings is refreshment to the soul. God will protect his people. Isaiah 25.10 looks to the future, "he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken." As in the wilderness where the moveable structure of wood and animal skins called the Tabernacle enclosed the presence of God, so here a tent is spread out over the chosen ones. Instead of standing outside, the people are now drawn into the Holy of Holies. There, they are safely protected from any harm under the shade of the Almighty.

"Living Water Springs"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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