One of the Feast of Tabernacles’ two outstanding ceremonies that happen on the last day of the Feast is the High Priest-led procession, at the end of which pitchers of water from the pool of Siloam are poured out at the foot of the Temple altar located in the court of the priests. The priests are pouring water out of pitchers onto the altar in symbolic remembrance of the times when God gave the wilderness Israelites water from a rock.
Thus, when Jesus the Christ, who is at the Feast of Tabernacles, stands up and proclaims that He is that Rock that was in a dry and thirsty land, He fulfills the priests’ ceremony. There is no more need for them to repeat the procession or the pouring out of the water onto the altar, because the promised constant Living Water now flows from out of Jesus the Christ’s belly. That is to say, Jesus the Christ is using this water metaphor to describe God’s Holy Spirit.
At the Cross, after Jesus the Christ was pierced in His side, both blood and water flowed out of Him. Thus, at His death He not only released His cleansing blood that washes away the sins of the entire world, but also He released God’s living water (the power of the Holy Spirit), which now flows from Heaven out of Jesus the Christ’s belly. Therefore, the Lord, and not humans, is the source of Living Water! Now, through Jesus the Christ, the promised Holy Spirit (Living Water) flows without end through the bodies, spirits, and souls of believers.
The Holy Spirit isn’t in believers just to dwell in them, but He also is there to perform in them the acts of insufflation (the blowing of His power-giving breath into Christians until He fills them up) and immersion (the plunging of believers) into His Living Water (submerging them into His comforts, blessings, and spiritual gifts, which satisfy their present and eternal issues of life).
Since the issues of life flow from out of our hearts (heart = the seat of our intellect, conscience, affections, and morality), the Holy Spirit’s more-than-enough Living Water flows constantly and plenteously within our hearts so that whenever we have a need He is there to satisfy it, no matter if what we need is inward comfort (a spiritual blessing: inner peace, rest, or godly wisdom, understanding, and so forth), or outward comfort (a natural blessing: physical food, water, housing, clothing, etcetera, or physical deliverance, or bodily rest from our weariness). Lastly, once the Holy Spirit fills us, He also is able to flow holiness and righteousness through us so that we can become “living” witnesses!
Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit? Are rivers of Living Water flowing from out of Jesus the Christ’s belly and into you? If not, seek the Rock who can end the drought in your dry and thirsty spirit and soul! AMEN.
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38; cf. Isaiah 12:3 and Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 47:1-5, 8-10; Zechariah 13:1 and Zechariah 14:8; John 4:10, 14; John 19:34; 1 Corinthians 10:4).