Waters of Blessing
By Ed Christiansen
Editor: Writing on a different vein, Ed gives the "water" theme of this issue of the Bible Light on the News, a good bounce in the direction of our personal lives, and asks the question:
How Deep do you Want to Go?
"The words of a man’s mouth are deep water, a gushing torrent, a fountain of wisdom" (Proverbs 18:4 CJB).
What do we say to each other? Are they words of wisdom or do they destroy someone we love? Remember what the Apostle James said, "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold how great a matter a little fire kindleth!" (James 3:5).
The words we say can be like "a gushing torrent" destroying and defiling – or be "a fountain of wisdom." The Scriptures are plentiful on the subject: "See to it that no one misses out on God’s grace, that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble and thus contaminates many . . . Instead keep exhorting each other every day, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you will become hardened by the deceit of sin" (Heb. 3:13 & 12:15 CJB).
Our words can be as the gentle flowing brook, speaking wisdom and knowledge that cause sheep to feel good about coming to drink of its fresh and pure water. Do you know that a lamb will not drink from a river flowing hard and swift? He is frightened, for the lamb could be swept away. His wool would fill up with water causing him to drown. But a sheep will come to a gentle flowing stream or a standing body of water, to drink and be satisfied. So our mouths should flow with wisdom and understanding and fill those who are thirsty to overflowing with words for Him Who is Wisdom. "My mouth shall speak of wisdom: and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding" (Psalm 49:3).
The Hebrew letter comparable to our letter "m" is pronounced "mem". It is the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The word for water, miyam, begins and ends with this letter. This symbolizes the fountain of Divine Wisdom of Torah. Just as the waters of a physical fountain (spring) ascend from their unknown subterranean source, so does the fountain of wisdom express the power of flow from the heavenly source – God. "My son, pay attention to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding; so that you will preserve discretion and your lips keep watch over knowledge" (Proverbs 5:1). His Word is like a stream of water flowing to us, in us, and through us to others. Christ spoke of this when He said, ‘out of your inner most being shall flow rivers of living water’ (John 7:38). Our words should be His words. These are living waters that heal, bless, bring new life and are "waters that have no end."
Let us pray for that river and rain to come in this day. The world should be ready and waiting for this, but sadly, we who call ourselves "Christian" have been so caught up in our own agendas and own little worlds that the BIG world goes on with no hope, no life and no security in Him.
"In the time of the coming of Mashiach, [Messiah] when ‘the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters cover the sea,’ even the closed final mem will become revealed. The power of the final mem, when fully revealed by Mashiach, will infinitely increase his reign and the peace on earth ensuing therefrom. The waters of Mashiach, ‘waters that have no end,’ are waters of teshuvah [repentance/return] as our Sages interpret the conclusion of the second verse of the Torah: ‘. . .and the Spirit of G-d was hovering over the waters.’ ‘The Spirit of G-d,’ the soul of the Mashiach, hovers over the infinite waters of teshuvah. Ahavah- love - equals thirteen, the ordinal value of the letter mem. The power of this ‘teshuvah from love,’ even the righteous have not yet incorporated in themselves the service of ‘teshuvah from love,’ love which transcends all bounds of consciousness." – Rabbi Y. Ginsburg
The Lord has promised it shall be fulfilled. The floods of blessing are coming; the fountain of living waters shall soon burst forth from God, and from under the Temple mount in Jerusalem. In Ezekiel chapter 47, we see the prophet taken into the river - little by little. This river will bring life to the nations. The Mashiach is life, so from this thought, I ask you, "How deep do you want to go?"