by Hazel Straub Who is God’s favorite child? You are his favorite child! His eyes twinkle with delight and his face creases in laughter, as he gazes at you. His love rescues you from hopelessness and despair. Restoration of your life, comes through receiving and trusting in his love, expressed through his son, Yeshua the […]Who Is God’s Favorite Child? — Pure Glory
I doubt that I need to discuss what it means to “hunger and thirst for righteousness” so let’s jump directly to what will become of the one who has no such desire. I think we can safely assume that the one who has no such desire will not be blessed, and one who hungers and […]For They Will Be Filled — TLP
The week long Feast of Tabernacles was a celebration of tremendous joy and pageantry. As many Jews as could make the trip were in Jerusalem joining the great celebration. The Holy City was packed with people.
The last day was known as Hoshana Rabbah, which means “Great Salvation.” On that day, the people were wakened at dawn by the priests blowing the shofar, or ram’s horn. As the people headed for the Temple, they carried in their hands a lulabh, a branch of myrtle, willow, and palm tied together in their left hands they carried an ethrog, a kind of fruit. When they reached the Temple, the people divided into three groups. One group participated in the Water-Pouring Ceremony.
The Water-Pouring Ceremony was the high point, the most joyous ceremony of all, because it pictured Jehovah’s promise to pour his Spirit upon his people.
All white-robed priest carrying a golden pitcher led a procession of worshipers through one of the Temple gates to the Pool of Siloam, where he filled the pitcher. The procession followed him back to the Temple, singing, waving their branches and dancing.
As they sang, the priests, waved branches and marched around the alter seven times. In the midst of this charged, holy moment, Jesus cried out in a loud voice. Jesus was watching the joy and exuberance the people were experiencing as they saw physical water poured out, and the words burst from him. “are you thirsty?” I have the water! Are you thirsty? Believe in me. Come to me. Rivers of water will be within you! You will never thirst again.”
Grace and Peace to You My Friends
The old saying- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished- comes to mind when I think of the conflict between Jesus and the religious leaders throughout John. Chapter 9 is a classic example. No only did the religious leaders have conflict with Jesus, they were also abusive to the man Jesus healed and the man’s parents. Imagine […]No Good Deed Goes Unpunished- John Chapter 9 — Jesusluvsall’s Blog
Not just today Lord God, not just on Sundays, but each day we surrender our hearts to you. Help us to trust, strengthen our faith. We believe Lord God, help us in our unbelief. We praise you God! And thank You. Lord God! In Christ amen. Prayer Poem and Image Copyright © 2021 Heart Surrendered […]Each Day We Surrender — Heart Surrendered Poetry
God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world. John 3:17 (GWT) Jesus came to save people. The leaders of Israel wanted a Messiah that would rescue them from Roman rule. Jesus didn’t come to condemn or to judge people; He came to save the world. The […]Save the World: John 3:17 — Garden Faith
Bring me closer to you dear Lord. Show me your ways. There are many paths in this world to follow. Help me to see your path, the journey you have laid out for me. Give me eyes to see, wisdom to discern the right direction. Help me to persist when the path is rough, the […]Prayer Journey — The Right Path —
Psalm 147:3 NIV, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Most of us have had our hearts broken at some point in life. Whether it was the carelessness of others, our own wrong choices, the loss of a loved one, or just the unfair circumstances of life that we could not avoid, a […]Healing Is In His Hands — Drawing Closer to Christ
Praise the Lord our God. Praise Him with outstretched arms. Praise Him for He is good. Praise and worship Him all the day long. Praise Him for His steadfast love. Praise Him for His glory. Praise Him with an open heart. Praise Him for He is great. Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my […]Praise the Lord, O My Soul! — Looking to God
He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. Matthew 14:29 ESV When I first became a Christian, I was baptized in a swimming pool behind the church. That might seem strange for some people, but in Arizona having a church pool was not strange at all because […]Becoming a Water Walker — praise2worshipdotnet