Thought of the Day February 8, 2019 Give thanks for God's blessings

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Christ himself taught about this life-giving water or fountain of water. Recall his encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Jesus saw the thirst in her heart for love, meaning, life, acceptance fulfillment. He offer her the answer to her thirst when he said to her: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

Later in John 7:37 Jesus explains the source of this fountain of life and the means to receive it. “Then, on the last great day of the feast of Tabernacles, Jesus was standing and crying out, saying: ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink: whoever believes in me, just as Scripture says, ‘From his chest shall flow rivers of living water.’ ” Now he said this about the Spirit, which those who believe in him would soon be receiving. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 7:37-39)

What was the circumstances that moved Jesus to say these words?
During the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, the Jewish people were to gather together in Jerusalem not only to remember God's provision in the Wilderness but also to look forward to that promised Messianic age when all nations will flow to this city to worship the Lord.

On the last day of the Feast a whole parade of worshipers and flutists led by the priest would go to the pool of Siloam.  The priest has two golden pitchers. One is for wine. He fills the other with water from the pool. As the flutes continue to play, a choir of Israelites chants Psalm 118. The whole procession heads back to the Temple through the Water Gate. A trumpet sounds as the priest enters the Temple area. He approaches the altar where two silver basins are waiting. He pours wine into one of the basins as a drink offering to the Lord and water from the pool of Siloam into the other.

The ceremony was to thank God for His bounty and to ask Him to provide rain for the crops in the coming year. How often do we thank God for his bounty and blessings? (To be continued)

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