Summary: Jesus calls the thirsty to come to him, and drink.

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Calling The Thirsty

John 7:37-39

Background :

Jesus often used what was taking place around him as an opportunity to teach a spiritual lesson. Remember as he walked with his disciples, he told his disciples to look at the fields because they were white unto harvest. He used that as an opportunity to encourage his disciples to pray for more laborers.

As Jesus observed money being given in the temple, he saw a poor widow give a few pennies, and from that scene he taught his disciples a lesson about sacrifice.

In our text today, Jesus uses his surroundings as a backdrop for a great message.

Let’s take a minute to look at what is taking place in Jerusalem on this day.

7:2 tells us that the feast of the tabernacles was at hand.

The feast of tabernacles was one of the three great feasts of the Jews. All the adult Jewish males were to come to Jerusalem. The feast of tabernacles occured during the month of September on our calendar. It was at the close of the harvest, and was a time of celebration. It was also a feast of commemoration. During the feast, the Jewish people were to remember the forty years that their forefathers spent in the wilderness.

To commemorate, the Jewish people constructed tents from Palm, Willow, and Myrtle trees. They bound the wood together to form the tent with gold, and silver cords. The tents were set up all around the temple, in public places, in the fields surrounding the city, and even on the flat roofs of their homes. It is said that these tents dotted the fields surrounding Jerusalem. The Jewish people would dwell in these tents for the entire eight days of the feast. They would take them down each day, and carry them with them wherever they went throughout the day.

What was the significance of the tents ? It was to remind them of the 40 years spent wandering in the wilderness where they dwelt in tents because they had no permanent dwelling. This should remind them of the unbelief of their forefathers......they could have been dwelling in the promised land if not for their unbelief.

There was also something else that took place each day of the feast which is of significance to the message that Christ delivers.

At the first dawn of day, the priests sounded a long, shrill blast upon their silver trumpets, and the answering trumpets, and the glad shouts of the people from their booths, echoing over hill and valley, welcomed the festal day. Then the priest dipped from the flowing waters of the Kedron a flagon of water, and, lifting it on high, while the trumpets were sounding, he ascended the broad steps of the temple, keeping time with the music with slow and measured tread, chanting meanwhile, "Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem." Ps. 122:2.

He bore the flagon to the altar, which occupied a central position in the court of the priests. Here were two silver basins, with a priest standing at each one. The flagon of water was poured into one, and a flagon of wine into the other; and the contents of both flowed upon the sacrificial altar. This display of the consecrated water represented the fountain that at the command of God had gushed from the rock to quench the thirst of the children of Israel. Then the jubilant strains rang forth, "The Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song;" "therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." Isa. 12:2, 3.

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