Sunday School Material 11-16-14: Water From the Sanctuary Gives Life

(Ezekiel 47:1-12; 11/16/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is Ezekiel is shown the water that comes from the Temple and its life giving power. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to let God use us to be a part of the life giving work that He does in this world of so much salt and barrenness.

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Read Ezekiel 47:1-7

I. Rising Water. In our Sunday School material Ezekiel is being escorted by a man around the Temple. There is water coming from the south side of the Temple.

It is getting deeper as it goes away from the Temple - from ankle deep to over Ezekiel’s head. He is taken back to the river bed and sees many trees.

Applications -

- Angels. Notice in vs. 1 that the man in the Sunday School material who is escorting Ezekiel is probably and angel. An angel is normally a messenger in the Bible. In this sense, every believer should be like an angel.

We should be sharing the message of God with those we meet along life’s journey. We should be sharing that Jesus saves and a life spent on loving God and others, as we love our selves, is well spent. Let’s work on sharing God’s message.

- Miracles. Notice in vss. 1-7 that is was miraculous for the water to get deeper and deeper as it went from its source at the Temple. In like manner, God is still able to perform miracles.

We should never think that all we have going for us are those things that we can understand. We should obey God and trust Him to do what is best, which may include His performing a miracle. Let’s work on obeying God like we believe that He is still able to perform miracles.

Read Ezekiel 47:8-12

II. Reviving Water. The man, in our Sunday School material, explains to Ezekiel that the water from the Temple will flow to the Dead Sea. There, the Temple water will make the salt water fresh.

The fresh Temple water will produce many fish and fishermen. The fresh Temple water will produce many fruit trees whose leaves will not wither.

Applications -

- Participating in giving life. Notice in vs. 9 that the water produced life. That which was salty was now fresh. In like manner, God is still providing life through that which comes from His house.

As the people of God, we should be sharing the life giving word of God with those we meet along our way. God’s word includes how to have life and that more abundantly.

As in the Sunday School material, God is concerned with His peoples having something to eat and having gainful employment. Let’s work on sharing with others the life giving word and work that God has saved us to share with others.

- Salty and dead places. Notice in vs. 11 that some places are left salty. There is room for debating why were some areas left to be salty. But we cannot argue that some areas are salty and lifeless. 

Let’s strive to be like the water that receives God’s fresh life giving water, not like the salty places. We should strive to open up to whatever God wants to do in and through our lives. His ways are best for us. Our ways will end in death. 

- Fruit bearing trees. Notice in vs. 12 that some fruit is expected from the trees. They are not there for only beauty. In like manner, God has planted us and provided for us, so that we can bear some fruit. 

Every believer should bear the fruits of witnessing, worship (enthusiasm and giving), and having a friendly spirit. We should bear the fruit of discovering and using our God given gifts for service. 

We should bear the fruit of learning and living by God’s word in every area of our lives. Let’s work on bearing the fruit that God expects from us. 

- God’s promises. Notice in vss. 1-12 that we are looking at a prophecy. There is debate about exactly when all that we see in the Sunday School material text will take place. 

Most scholars believe that this is a picture of the New Jerusalem, which is yet to come. What should be beyond debate is that God can be trusted to do what He said He would do. 

Let’s live like we trust the prophecies and promises of God. God’s promises of blessing obedience and punishing disobedience should move us to obey His word with joyful anticipation of His blessings. 

Conclusion: Let’s work on letting God use us to be a part of the life giving work that He does in this world of so much salt and barrenness. God has much for those who obey His will. 

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