The prophet is shown another aspect of what it means when God dwells in the midst of his redeemed and reconciled people.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- Verse 8. ‘The Sea’: i.e., the Dead Sea, in which nothing can live.
- Verse 12. Cf. Ps. 1:3; Jer. 17:8; Rev.22:2.