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Flowing in The Holy Spirit

Series: The introductions of the Holy Spirit by Jesus

In John 7 there was a big Jewish feast called the Feast of Tabernacles.

It seemed Jesus was initially reluctant to go to this feast (v9) but later decided to go stealthily. And when He got there He waited till the feast was half over before he began to teach (v14).

We notice that for the period of the feast His sermon was blessed with a divided audience (v12-15) - those who accepted His message and those who didn't, which was understandable. But then there was also those who just wanted to kill him but wouldn't admit it (v16-36). What a day in Church? Actually, what a Church conference? because v37 says in the last (...) day of the feast, and He had been there teaching from when the feast was half over (v14). Although there was a very divided audience at His teaching, He pressed on till the last day.

[The feast of tabernacles begins and ends with a Sabbath - so it lasts eight days. Leviticus 23. Half over means four days, so Jesus must have been there for at least three days. Many sacrifices are made on the eighth day which required all priests to assist in their duties.]

Verse 37 says: On the last and most important day of the feast... There must have been something that makes it the most important day, and it must have been something that required the involvement of everyone (maybe the sacrifices offered), it was the most important day of an eight days feast. Jesus stood up that day, and in place of that most important thing, He presented the Holy Spirit:

37 Now on the last and most important day of the feast, Jesus stood and called out [in a loud voice], “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink!
38 He who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Me], as the Scripture has said, ‘From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water.’”
39 But He was speaking of the [Holy] Spirit, whom those who believed in Him [as Savior] were to receive afterward. The Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor).
--Amplified Bible.

We can flow in the Holy Spirit when we believe in Jesus and set the Holy Spirit as the most important in our lives. (Galatians 5:25).

Father help us to always set your Spirit as the most important in our lives, in Jesus name, amen.

God bless you exceedingly.

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