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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Devotional: July 29th
“Everything shall live whither the river cometh.”
We will now read one of Ezekiel’s most interesting and instructive visions.
Ezekiel 47:1 , Ezekiel 47:2
Here we see the river of the water of life, the divine outpouring of the Holy Spirit in gospel days. It rises at the sacrificial altar.
The power and influence of the life-giving gospel grows each day. The streams of Palestine frequently lessen as they run, but the river of grace becomes deeper and wider. The grain of mustard grows into a tree. The drops which oozed from beneath the altar deepened and widened into an impassable torrent.
Ezekiel 47:6 , Ezekiel 47:7
Fertility is produced by grace, blessings spring up like fruitful trees wherever the gospel comes.
Almost within sight of Jerusalem lay the loathsome Dead Sea, which covered the ruins of the doomed cities of the plain, a sad memorial and type of sin. Into this horrid pool the living water flowed and made it so. sweet and clear that it swarmed with fish a beautiful emblem of the way in which the worst parts of the earth are reclaimed by the gospel when it comes in the power of the Spirit of God.
To some the gospel is not a savour of life. They reject the truth, and so miss its healing power, their wills are set upon evil, and they are given over to a reprobate mind. These are not always apparently the worst characters, they are not foul deeps like the Dead Sea, but marshy places only; perhaps their sense of fancied excellence prevents their humbly accepting the grace which bringeth salvation.
So Ezekiel’s vision melts into that of John in the Revelation, and we are made to rejoice in the ever fresh, varied, satisfying, and soul-delighting blessings of the covenant of grace. Be it ours to drink of this water and never thirst again.
Behold of grace the quickening streams,
Their course with countless blessings teems;
Their founts hard by that altar rise
Where bled th’ atoning sacrifice.
Down to the foul and loathsome sea
Of human guilt and misery,
The deepening floods in mercy roll,
And make the death-struck waters whole.
“Yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be.”
Daniel 5:1-8 , Daniel 5:13 , Daniel 5:16-28 , Daniel 5:30
To be sung or read
Condemn’d when in the balance weigh’d,
My soul might well be sore afraid;
But to my Substitute I flee,
And Jesus fills the scale for me.
the First Week of Advent
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