Rivers of Living Water

Rivers of living water will flow out of his heart

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Rivers of Living Water

John 7:37-53 Rivers of Living Water

JOHN 7:37-39  37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Where did Jesus already talk about coming to Him to drink water?
At the well in Sychar, to the Samaritan woman. (see John 4 Bible Study).

But that was at a well. What about here? Why would Jesus suddenly cry out about drinking water?
There was water here too. "On the last day, that great day of the feast,” (John 7:37) the priests walked around the altar seven times while chanting Psalm 118:25 - “Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity." - and then poured out water to symbolize the water Moses made to pour from the rock: "Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank." (Numbers 20:11) Most likely, as the people watched the water being poured, Jesus stood "and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38)

When would the Holy Spirit be given?
At the Pentecost as described in Acts chapter 2.

JOHN 7:40-53  40 Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” 43 So there was a division among the people because of Him. 44 Now some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him. 45 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?” 46 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” 47 Then the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” 50 Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, 51 “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?” 52 They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.” 53 And everyone went to his own house.

What was the effect of Jesus' declaration in John 7:37-38?
Make the crowd question deeper. At least some are now talking about the Bethlehem prophecy.

Did the crowd keep the officers from arresting Jesus?
No, the words Jesus "spoke" (John 7:46) kept them from arresting Him.

Why is Nicodemus with the "chief priests and Pharisees"?
He is one of them - not a chief priest, but a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin, the ruling council: "There was a man of the Pharisees named, Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews." (John 3:1)

What is he doing in John 7:51?
He is trying to stand up for Jesus by reminding them of the Jewish law that forbids condemning anyone until they have had a chance to speak for themselves.

How kindly do they accept his reminder?
Not kindly at all.

Was it true that "no prophet has arisen out of Galilee" (John 7:52)?
No, the prophet Jonah, for example, had arisen out of Galilee.

Based on John 7:50-52, what is the correct answer to the question in John 7:48?
Yes, at least one of them - Nicodemus - did believe.

What criterion for truth were they implying in John 7:48?
Whether or not the “learned” people believed it.

Is what you believe based on your own investigation of the Bible or what some "learned" person claimed about it? If the latter, should the destiny of your soul really be entrusted to someone else's opinion?

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