An encouraging word from John 7

Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours (BIMT) is all about teaching the Bible in the context of the land of Israel and other biblical countries (Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy). We teach the historical geography of the Bible as well as archaeology, customs and culture of the land. We aim to make connections between  the Bible and the land in all that we do.

This is another session in the new series of teaching videos called “Devotions from Israel.” This brief five-minute devotional comes from John 7. This story is about Jesus in the Temple Courts where He makes an incredibly powerful statement!


About the Devotional

During the course of His ministry, Jesus visited Jerusalem probably six or seven times. John 7 places Jesus in the Temple Courts. The season of the year was the Fall, with the festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles) taking place.
During the days of Sukkot, the Water Libation Festival took place. This was when God’s people celebrated (they hoped) the first rains of the fall season. During each day the High Priest would take golden pitcher with him down to the Pool of Siloam. He no doubt used the newly-discovered/exposed Herodian street that extended 350 yards south from the SW corner of the Temple to the Pool of Siloam. While at the pool, he would scoop water into the pitcher and return back to the Temple Courts. There, he poured the water into a bowl positioned on one of the corners of the altar, giving thanks to God for providing the first rains.

“John 7 places Jesus in the Temple Courts, Here, Jesus states that He is the ‘Living Water.’ For us today, Jesus is still the only source of spiritual life and refreshment.”

Temple Courts of Jerusalem
As John 7 records, it was on the last day of the festival when Jesus made a powerful statement. He said, “If anyone one is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” Jesus was identifying Himself as the Living Water who brings life! For us today, Jesus is the only source of spiritual life. When we find ourselves “dry and thirsty” in our walk of faith, only Jesus, our Living Water still today, can renew and refresh us!
I hope you enjoy this video below. These five minute devotionals will be produced on a regular basis. We will try to share two devotionals per week at the start. As you are encouraged by the video, please consider sharing this post with others for their encouragement as well.

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