Waters Of Siloam & The Nature Of The Soul

“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He said in reference to the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

-John 87:37-39

Christ stood outside of the Temple preaching on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles. This was possibly the last day of a feast known as Hoshana Raba but the history is a bit sketchy. We do know Christ made his proclamation during the Water Libation Ceremony.

-You can still visit up to this day. It’s that important.

We’re talking a week long celebration that had huge spiritual implications to the Jewish people during the second Temple era. Every night, water was drawn from Siloam by a Priest for the next morning’s water libation. The priest would then walk up a ramp to a bronze altar located in the Temple Court and pour the jug into a bowl that drained into the altar. This water was drawn from a spring just east of Jerusalem called the Spring of Gihon. This spring was the same source King David used to anoint his son Solomon. King Hezekiah later redirected the water of this spring into Jerusalem where it ran into the Pool of Siloam.

Some of you are savvy with the fourth Gospel and recognize the Pool of Siloam being the same place a blindman Yeshua healed went to to wash away the clay from his eyes. It’s the place where Yeshua performed his 6th Sign.

“The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

-John 9:11

We’ll get to that later but it is connected.

Since the water from the Pool of Siloam was used to anoint the Kings of the House of David the water itself came to be a symbol of one being anointed with the Holy Spirit. For Yeshua to stand outside and say ‘if anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink,’ is more than a little controversial.

Then John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove and resting on Him.

-John 1:32

While Christ was incarnate here on earth He was harnessing the Power of the Holy Spirit. John said it was “resting on him.” Epi (ἐπί) “upon” but it’s more like our understanding of being superimposed (beyond space and time) and sort of blanketed on His being. Ru’ahh HakoDesh rested within Him. Obviously, a people celebrating the symbolic nature of water were more than a little familiar with the gifts of the spirit. What they weren’t prepared for is the Glory of God in human form.

“The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”

Imagine for a moment you’re at a festival celebrating for seven days with all of your close friends. There’s been singing, and dancing. You’ve recited these verses from the Psalter together. Everyone has eaten and come together to focus on Gods provision. You’re having a good time when you hear someone shout “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” It would probably catch your attention right?

How many people do you know of that could hear something like that and make a connection to the Living waters of Spirit flowing through life? How many of them do you think would have been so connected to silence of God that they would notice the Soul of the Earth was no longer in the ground in any normal sense? Maybe one in a million would’ve been able to sense that raw electrical pulse of Divine Power manifested in front of them. Even fewer would sense the vitality we cherish wasn’t felt.

Yeshua might as well have jump scared them and said “The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life!” Their Prophets had told them to look within themselves to find Wisdom. The same Solomon who had been anointed in the waters from the Spring of Gihon had urged us “to seek Her like silver.” But you know how humans are.

God’s Spirit had given us life. Wisdom was begotten in the void described as the Godheads delight day by day. She became the artisan of the very Universe we live in. Her essence is the life force that forms as the basis for the light to shine in the darkness. She communed with us. ”She played over the earth sharing delight with human beings,” but we didn’t here Her. So the Godhead decided to come down here himself.

Novea [נָבַע

] “bursting or bubbling forth.” Psalms 19:2 “Day after day they pour- it comes bubbling forward- speech.” Truth is uttered abundantly. But…


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