Living Water: The prophet Jeremiah talks of the people turning away from God. Not accepting the living water He provides. Living Water is part of God’s eternal promise to us. The Israelites had a long history of forsaking God, only to come back to Him.
We see that living water is a direct, personal relationship with God that has offered. Man cannot provide his own living water, hence the reference to a broken cistern.
My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water , and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. (Jer 2:13)
God is our only hope!
God is our only hope of salvation and a guarantee of heaven. He led the people out of bondage in Egypt. Then He fed them in the desert. He gave them His law and all the while was with them in close proximity.
But even as the people entered into the promised land and the earthly kingdom was established, man had his own ideas and turned away. It seems astonishing to the reader of the Biblical accounts that people could actually deny God. But it is true, both back then and today. We think we have a better way, but that better way just gets in the way.
O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water . (Jer 17:13)
Paul also mentions it
In the New Testament, it is the Apostle John who mentions living water, twice in his Gospel and once in Revelation.
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water .”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water ? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:10-14)
God offers the better way.
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 7:37-39)
Revelation is the final reference
The final reference is in Revelation, as John offers a beautiful word picture of the Lamb of God. Watching over the believers of all ages, like a shepherd guarding his flock. The verse reminds us of the 23rd Psalm, a shepherd leading his flock beside the still waters.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev 7:17)
Living water flows and never ends. It is pure and refreshing and does not stagnate, nor will it ever be contaminated. It is life from God, an everlasting promise.