Monday, November 23, 2009

Zechariah 14:8

"And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be."
Zechariah 14:8

This is interesting. In the scriptures there are many references to living water(s), and most of them seem to be figurative--symbolic of the love of God, or the phrase seems to be sometimes actually synonymous with Christ (Jeremiah 17:3 for instance). Only a couple of verses seem to be literal, like this one. And it still could be symbolic... Christ's love flowing out in all directions, in all seasons... or perhaps the spread of the gospel. Which is very cool, of course. :) This just seems to refer to something literal happening, with the use of "sea" and "half" ... how do you split the love of God, or Christ, in half? Could be missionary work perhaps... but it could also mean more things than the love of God, like any good literature with many meanings bound up in a phrase, and new things to learn at every reading. And perhaps the love of God can be something tangible. The other verses about living water are interesting in that respect as well. ... I kind of like the idea of love being tangible. I think it sometimes feels like that. Something that you can drink in, bask in. Something you can feel palpably flowing, as water. I think we feel the spirit that way sometimes... feels as though we can breathe it in and let it fill us up. I don't know the answer to this verse about the last days, and I'm sure that the answer is just a curiosity, and we'll all find out in the end... but perhaps the idea of God's love being something tangible that we can feel in more ways than one is a good one to take with us today. We feel more confident and solid, and it is much easier to treat others with love and kindness when we ourselves feel loved. Let's talk to God today and let his love envelop us physically. And then let's share the peace and confidence that brings us with others in the way we treat them.

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