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Water of Life: the Blind man sees

11th November 2009, mgh

 

5) We were blind: how we see

Blindness was also used figuratively by the prophets such as in the following verses in Isaiah.

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.


And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. (Isaiah 42: 1-4, 16-18)

The nation of Israel, now re-established after two thousand years, will see their Messiah and acknowledge their sins. They will mourn over the crucifying of Jesus (Yeshua) and their current attitude (as why would they mourn about something their ancestors did?).

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (Zechariah 12:9-10)

The Jews will continue to return from the nations to where they fled following the Roman invasion of Israel and destruction of Jerusalem in AD70. Jews and Gentiles will be united in worshipping the God of Israel when the Messiah returns to bring peace to a world in distress.

And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. (Isaiah 66:20)


For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel... I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. (Jeremiah 31:6-10)


The promise of salvation requires our minds and bodies, from the dust of the earth, to be moulded like the vessel shaped by the potter using clay moistened with water. The water which moulds us is the Word of God as we read and meditate on its wonderful promise of salvation. It is the sole source of knowledge. We cannot trust in the traditions and man made laws, such as those of the Pharisees.


The woman at the well in Samaria was shown the source of salvation. For us today there is no other way of salvation than the word of God.

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. (John 4:14)


These words echo that promise made in Isaiah 55,

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.... Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. (Isaiah 55: 1,3)


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