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Jesus – Living Water

jesus is living water  Jesus  – Living Water

 

Memory Verse: John 7:37

Life Application: Only Jesus will quench our spiritual thirst.

Bible text:

John 7:37-38

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

John 3:16

John 7:37  NKJV          “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ ”

       Shemini Atzert, is the eighth day that was added to the Feast of Tabernacles during the time of Ezar. This day became known as “The Great Day of the Feast.” On this day the High Priest would pour water from the pool of Siloam into a basin at the foot of the altar. The water was a symbol of God’s Spirit. During the temple times the custom was to draw from the Siloam springs a “libation” to accompany the offerings. This was done with great rejoicing and expressions of thanksgiving.

It was on the eighth day that Jesus told the people if they were thirsty to come to Him and drink. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring, that He was the source of living water.

 

John 7:37-38  NKJV          “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

       Jesus told the people that were gathered, as the High Priest poured water from the pool of Siloam into the basin, that if they believed in Him, rivers of living water would flow out of them. By this Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit. The water the High Priest would pour out was just a symbol of God’s Spirit but Jesus offered them the real thing, the Holy Spirit (rivers of living water).

In the natural realm when a person is thirsty they have a desire or need for a drink. They have a strong desire to quench their thirst. The same is true in the spiritual realm. When we are spiritually thirsty we have a need for living water. Jesus invites every person that is thirsty to go to Him, the only One that can truly satisfy their thirst.

Nothing tastes as good as a big drink of cold water when a person is thirsty. The water will only satisfy you for a while. Soon you will need another drink of water. The Bible tells us that Jesus can give us a drink of water that will last forever. Not water that comes out of a faucet or a bottle, but a special kind of water. Jesus can give us the water of everlasting life. The life that Jesus offers constantly satisfies. We can have this “living water” by believing that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world.

 

Romans 3:23  NKJV        “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

       Everyone has sinned and is separated from God because of it. This separation causes us to have a “spiritual thirst” that only God can satisfy. We cannot change ourselves or satisfy our own thirst. We must be willing to admit that we are a sinner and that we need Jesus to give us “living water” (eternal life).

 

Romans 6:23  NKJV      “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

John 3:16  NKJV      “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Review

1. When was Shemini Atzert, added to the Feast of Tabernacles?

 

2. During Shemini Atzert the High Priest would pour water from the pool of ___________into a basin at the foot of the altar.

3. What was the water a symbol of?

4. Jesus told the people if they were ______________ to come to Him and drink.

5. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring, that He was the source of _______________  _______________.

6. How can we have the living water that Jesus offers?

7. People are separated from God because of ___________.

8. How can we have eternal life?

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Simchat Torah – One Christian’s Perspective

SIMCHAT TORAH - ONE CHRISTIAN'S PERSPECTIVE  Simchat Torah – One Christian’s Perspective

          The day after Shemini Atzert is referred to as Simhat Torah. It is a time that that the Jewish people rejoice in the gift of God’s Word, and in His promise to write His law on their hearts and in their minds. They focused on the first five books of the Bible known as the Law of Moses or the Pentateuch.

Simchat Torah is also called the Rejoicing of the Torah. This festival takes place in the synagogue. On this day the scrolls are taken out of the ark and a lighted candle is placed inside. A procession of elders march around the reading desk carrying the scrolls. The scrolls are placed back in the ark, except the one of Deuteronomy. It is read aloud, with everyone being called up front to read a portion of it – even the children.

As a Christian this festival  reminds us of God’s Word, the Holy Bible. Simchat Torah is a time to be thankful for the Word of God. A time of rejoicing in the gift of God’s Word, and in His promise to write His law on our hearts and in our minds.

Jeremiah 31:33  NKJV   “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Hebrews 8:10  NKJV     “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

          The day after the Feast of Tabernacles Jesus went to the temple early in the morning. He sat down and began to teach the people that came to Him there. As Jesus was teaching a group of scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Him whom they said was caught in adultery. These men knew what the Law of Moses stated concerning adultery, but they were hoping to trap Jesus into saying something that was contrary to the law.

John 7:53-8:1-11  NKJV     “And everyone went to his own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?’ This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’ And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’ ”

          Jesus did not condemn the woman brought to Him, however He did tell her to “Go and sin no more.“

True repentance is turning from your sin and going the opposite way, to make a conscience decision to turn away from sin. When we encounter Jesus, we too are to go and sin no more. We must allow God’s Word to be more than words on a page. God has given us His Holy Spirit who can write His law on our hearts and in our minds.

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Shemini Arzert – One Christian’s Perspective

SHEMINI ARZERT - ONE CHRISTIAN'S PERSPECTIVE Shemini Arzert  – One Christian’s Perspective

 

An eighth day, Shemini Atzert (meaning “the eighth day of assembly), was added to the Feast of the Tabernacles (Sukkot) during the time of Ezra. This day became known as the “Great Day of the Feast”.

During the temple times the custom was to draw water from the Siloam spring as a ‘libation” to accompany the offerings. This was done with great rejoicing and expressions of thanksgiving. On this day the High Priest would pour water from the pool of Siloam into a basin at the foot of the altar. The water was a symbol of God’s Spirit.

It was on the eighth day that Jesus told the people if they were thirsty to come to Him and drink. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring – that He was the source of living water.

John 7:37-38  NKJV    “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

          Jesus told the people that were gathered, as the High Priest poured water from the pool of Siloam into the basin, that if they believed in Him rivers of living water would flow out of them. By this Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit. The water the High Priest would pour out was just a symbol of God’s Spirit but Jesus offered them the real thing, the Holy Spirit (rivers of living water).

In the natural realm when a person is thirsty they have a desire or need for drink. They have a strong desire to quench their thirst. The same is true in the spiritual realm. When we are spiritually thirsty we have a need for living water. Jesus invites every person that is thirsty to go to Him, the only one that can truly satisfy their thirst.

Observing Shemini Atzert  – A Shemini Atzert  Service

On this day the scrolls are taken out of the ark and a lighted candle is placed inside. A procession of elders march around the reading desk carrying the scrolls. The scrolls are then placed back in the ark, except the one of Deuteronomy. It is read out loud, with everyone being called up front to read a portion of it – even the children.

At one point, during the service, all the children are called forward. Adults form a canopy over them by holding up their talitot (prayer shawls), over their heads. Then the blessing of Jacob is recited over them.

Genesis 49:3-28  NKJV     “Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. Unstable as water, you shall not excel, Because you went up to your father’s bed; Then you defiled it— He went up to my couch.
“Simeon and Levi are brothers; Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place. Let not my soul enter their council; Let not my honor be united to their assembly; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will they hamstrung an ox. Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in Israel. “Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people. Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes. His eyes are darker than wine, And his teeth whiter than milk. “Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, And his border shall adjoin Sidon. “Issachar is a strong donkey, Lying down between two burdens; He saw that rest was good, And that the land was pleasant; He bowed his shoulder to bear a burden, And became a band of slaves. “Dan shall judge his people As one of the tribes of Israel.
Dan shall be a serpent by the way, A viper by the path, That bites the horse’s heels So that its rider shall fall backward. I have waited for your salvation, O Lord! “Gad, a troop shall tramp upon him, But he shall triumph at last. “Bread from Asher shall be rich, And he shall yield royal dainties.
“Naphtali is a deer let loose; He uses beautiful words. “Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers. “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he shall devour the prey, And at night he shall divide the spoil.” All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them. And he blessed them; he blessed each one according to his own blessing.”

          As a symbol of the blessings falling upon the children of Israel, the children are showered with candy while the people sing. This part of the service is called Kol HaNe’arim..

Another part of the service is the Hattan HaTorah. During this part of the service, someone who is a good example of love and practices the Torah is called up to read the Torah. He stands under a canopy and reads the last chapter of Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 34:1-12  NKJV    “Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is across from Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land of Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the South, and the plain of the Valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. So the days of weeping and mourning for Moses ended. Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses. But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, in all the signs and wonders which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants, and in all his land, and by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.”

         The last part of the service is the Hattan HaTorah. During this part of the service someone is chosen that has given outstanding service to the community. This person reads the first chapter of Genesis.

Genesis 1:1-31  NKJV   “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So the evening and the morning were the fifth day. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

     When the service is over, the children leave carrying banners with Hebrew inscriptions.

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Wells of Living Water

WEEK 2Wells of Living Water  –  Spiritual Satisfaction

Memory Verse: John 7:37

Bible Truth: Jesus is living water.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – Water Satisfies

Nothing tastes as good as a big drink of cold water when a person is thirsty. The water will only satisfy you for a while. Soon you will need another drink of water. The Bible tells us that Jesus can give us a drink of water that will last forever. Not water that comes out of a faucet or a bottle, but a special kind of water.  Jesus can give us the water of everlasting life. The life that Jesus offers constantly satisfies. We can have this “living water” by believing that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

John 7:37  NKJV        “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ ”

5. Jesus Declares That He Will Give Living Water

John 7:37  NKJV       “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ ”

       Shemini Atzert, is the eighth day that was added to the Feast of Tabernacles during the time of Ezar. This day became known as “The Great Day of the Feast.” On this day the High Priest would pour water from the pool of Siloam into a basin at the foot of the alter. The water was a symbol of God’s Spirit. During the temple times the custom was to draw from the Siloam springs a “libation” to accompany the offerings. This was done with great rejoicing and expressions of thanksgiving.

It was on the eighth day that Jesus told the people if they were thirsty to come to Him and drink. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring, that He was the source of living water.

 

John 7:37-38  NKJV      “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

       Jesus told the people that were gathered, as the High Priest poured water from the pool of Siloam into the basin, that if they believed in Him, rivers of living water would flow out of them. By this Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit. The water the High Priest would pour out was just a symbol of God’s Spirit but Jesus offered them the real thing, the Holy Spirit (rivers of living water).

In the natural realm when a person is thirsty they have a desire or need for a drink. They have a strong desire to quench their thirst. The same is true in the spiritual realm. When we are spiritually thirsty we have a need for living water. Jesus invites every person that is thirsty to go to Him, the only One that can truly satisfy their thirst.

 

6. Game – Pass The Water Bottle Memory Verse Relay

Need:  2 bottles of water

Write the memory verse on two bottles of water.

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a bottle of water to the first person on each team. They are to pass the water to the person behind them and so on. When the water gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say the memory verse. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

7. The Woman At The Well

Jesus and His disciples visited a city in Samaria. Jesus was a Jew and usually Jews and Samaritans did not like each other. Many Jews would travel far out of their way to avoid going through Samaria. But Jesus loved the Samaritans, so He took His disciples to visit them. Just outside the city, Jesus sat down to rest near a well while His disciples went into the town to get something to eat. While resting, Jesus met a woman who needed “living water.” This woman, a Samaritan woman, came to the well and Jesus asked her to give Him a drink. The woman was surprised that Jesus had spoken to her. The customs of the area prohibited public conversations between men and women who were strangers. The woman asked Him why He asked her, a Samaritan to give Him a drink. Jesus responded to her question by telling her that if she knew who He was she would have asked Him for a drink. Jesus continued to talk to the woman about living water.

After a period of time the woman asked Jesus to give her the water that He was talking about. At this point Jesus began to tell her about her life. Jesus challenged the woman to consider her own sinful condition by telling her to bring her husband to Him. Before the woman could believe in Jesus as the One who could give her living water she had to recognize that she was a sinner. Thinking that Jesus was just a prophet she began to discuss worship to God with Him.

As Jesus talked to her about God the woman realized who Jesus really was and she believed Him. She ran back to the city and began to tell everyone about Jesus. She asked them to come with her and she would show them the “man who knew everything I did.” Because the woman told people about Jesus, many of the people of the city went out to meet Jesus for themselves. When the people had listened to Jesus, they also believed Jesus as the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

 

8. Game – Fill The Cup Relay

Need: 2 spoons, 2  containers of water, 2 very small cups and towels for clean-up

Divide the children into two teams and have them line up in two line. Give each team a spoon and a container of water. The first person on each team is to fill their spoon with water and carefully carry it to their cup and pour the water in it. They will then run back to their team, and the next person will do the same. They will continue until their cup is full. The first team to fill their cup is the winner.

 

9. Jesus Gives Living Water

When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of satisfaction to us.

 

Romans 3:23  NKJV       “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

       Everyone has sinned and is separated from God because of it. This separation causes us to have a “spiritual thirst” that only God can satisfy. We cannot change ourselves or satisfy our own thirst. We must be willing to admit that we are a sinner and that we need Jesus to give us “living water” (eternal life). Just like the Samaritan woman had to admit her sin in order to receive “living water”, so must we.

 

Romans 6:23  NKJV       “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

John 3:16  NKJV       “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

10. Game – Cup Stacking

Need: 20 plastic or paper cups and a table (could use the floor).

The cups should be stacked like this:

X

XX

XXX

XXXX

     Divide the class into two equal teams. A short distance away from the teams set the cups (divided into two equal sets) on a table. Tell the teams which cups belong to their team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the cups and stack them, then take them down again. When finished they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

13. Worship Song – ________________________________

 

14. Challenge and Altar

Jesus challenged the woman at the well to consider her spiritual condition. The first step we must take in order to receive the living water that Jesus offers is to see our sin the way God does. Each one of us must examine our own life.

We must see our sin as God see it (admit that you have sinned.)

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”     Romans 3:23

      We must believe in Jesus.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”     Acts 16:31

We must confess your sins to God, then forsake (leave) your sins

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”     1 John 1:9

     After the woman received the living water that Jesus offered her, she was so full of joy and thankfulness that she told many others about her experience. If you have received the living water that Jesus offers, you too should tell others. If you find that witnessing to others is hard, ask God for help.

 

15. Refreshments or a light meal

 

16. Crafts

 

17. Dismissal

 

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