As I come to the end of the daily readings from my Bible study plan of this year, and, as is fitting to a closing scene, I couldn’t help but sense the glistening of hope, life, and promise peaking at me through the bows of this year’s foliage from the timelessness of scripture, as if the Lord was saying in some quiet, small, yet sure, way, ‘there’s more yet to come.’ Here are a couple of examples:
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever. Revelation 5:13
To my mind, a rather unusual verse to be found amongst the often starker prophecies comprising the Book of Revelation, this verse stands out to me now, and, although I’ve read it many times before, I think it’s one of the first times, I’ve begun to hear it.
Think of it. God’s Word tells of a soon coming time when, not just humanity but all* of his creatures will be joined together in creational admiration, delight, and enthrallment of His Being. It almost boggles my mind to conceive even a miniscule portion of this, but such is the future awaiting us.
I came also upon this verse of scripture which speaks to me in a similar manner:
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Revelation 7:17
Here, amidst the plight of the tribulation described in this chapter and its surrounding chapters; which may well evoke fear in the faint-hearted, God lifts and leads our thoughts, our vision, forward, to a soon-coming time of enrapturement as created beings. Try as I may, I just cannot imagine what this will be like: How does one picture, imagine, visualize, ‘living water’?
Water, along with earth, air and fire, is one of our main physical substances. Without water nothing is constituted, no life is sustained. And next, I think, to air, it is one of the most abundant of substances. It’s found everywhere and enjoyed in many forms; as rivers, lakes, streams, fountains and oceans, etc. We drink it, cook with it, bath and swim in it. Get wet with it. We can even skate, ski, and play on it, as well as enjoy and utilize the many benefits of it in its vaporous form. And, we understand from scripture that all of creation is a picture, a mirroring of eternal spiritual realities; water being one of the ‘pictures’.
What then is ‘living water’? When there will be ‘fountains’ of it available to us. It clearly states that ‘we shall be lead by Jesus himself ‘unto living fountains of waters’’. I often feel so personally earth bound and clad, as if I struggle with mental blinders that well nigh prohibit me from realizing and envisioning these realities.
And, as if Christ himself, being the hope and expectation of every Christian believer, isn’t enough, here we also find indications that not only will He be leading us into a greater relationship and understanding of Himself, but that He will personally be leading us into greater unfolding of realities, outside and in addition to himself, yet to be experienced; that glorious glistening, now peaking at all of us from Beyond.
From In 52 Bible studies series
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