Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Let Your Buckets Down!

Scripture:  (Jeremiah 2:13) (King James Version)
"For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water."
Jesus said to the woman at the well…..
(John 4:13-14)
"Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:  (speaking of Jacobs well….)
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

Cistern - noun - ('sis-tern).
: an underground container used for collecting and storing rainwater
Fountain - noun - ('faun-ten)
: the source from which something proceeds or is supplied
: a spring of water issuing from the earth
: a reservoir containing a liquid that can be drawn off of as needed


There are some contrasts we would like to take notice of here between Jacobs well (cistern) and Jesus, The Living Fountain.

Between the Natural and the Spiritual.
   It takes the Spiritual to satisfy!  Jesus said, "The water I give is lasting!

Between the Outward and the Inward.
   The Outward has no power.  It has a "form" of godliness.  The Inward is reality and 
   comes from the heart.

Between the Dead and the Living.
   Jacobs well was as a dead cistern.  Cisterns become stagnant because they don't
   flow.  They are inactive and motionless.  A fountain is a spring of water arising from
   the ground….bubbling, fresh at all times. 
 John 7:38 says, "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers   of living water."

Between the Measurable and the Immeasurable.
   There comes an end to the natural things of this life.
   There is no limit to the spiritual things in this life.
John 3:34 says, "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.'

Between the Passing and the Permanent.
   Jacobs well dried up a long time ago…..BUT,
   Jesus well flows yesterday, today, and forever! (Hebrews 13:8)
   He is the Purpetual Fountain!  (perpetual - adjective - meaning "continuing forever.")

 Jesus said "If any man thirst let him come unto me and drink."  (John 7:37)
    Did you know...The invitation to "COME" is found in the Bible 642 times!

It is told that at the mouth of the great Amazon River, fresh water flows for miles out of sight of land, just opposite the river.  Many years ago a ship was sailing from Europe to Aouth America had a mishap and lost all of their drinking water.  The crew was literally dying of thirst and the climate was extremely hot.  However, great relief came over the crew when they saw another ship near enough to send a signal to.  It read, "We are dying for want of water."  To their astonishment the message came back, "Water all around you…Let your buckets down!"

This is what I would like to say to you right now….

                             The ocean of Gods love and God's spirit is all around. 
                                        JUST LET YOUR BUCKETS DOWN!

            Isaiah 12:3 "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation."