Ezekiel 47:1-12

The prophet is shown another aspect of what it means when God dwells in the midst of his redeemed and reconciled people.

  1. Notice particularly where the river comes from. What can those who seek reform; whether it be social, political, or moral, learn from the relation given here to Ezekiel? see – Cf. Ps. 46:4; Is.33:21; Rev.22:1, 2.
  2. What is symbolized by the increasing depth and extent of the waters?
    How long is it since you first came to Christ, and became a temple for his indwelling?
    Are the living water flowing from your life in increasing measure?
    If not, what is wrong? Cf. john 7:37-39.
  3. The river of life sought out the most desolate and seemingly irrecoverable region in all the land and healing. Recall how this was also Christ’s method. Cf. Mark 2:16, 17; Luke 15:1, 2; 19; 10; 23:43. What have these things to say to us?


  1. Verse 1. The waters flowed from the sanctuary across the inner court, south of the altar, and appeared on the right-hand side of the outer east gate.
  2. Verse 8. ‘The Sea’: i.e., the Dead Sea, in which nothing can live.
  3. Verse 12. Cf. Ps. 1:3; Jer. 17:8; Rev.22:2.