The Healing Stream
This a continuation of my last blog, this is taken from Ezekiel 47:6-12. This post will explain why I entitled this "The Healing Stream". Let's read from Ezekiel 47:6-12. It says, "And said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneg-laim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be spread according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many. But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."
Like I said in my previous post, the river represents our relationship between us and our Heavenly Father. The angel is telling Ezekiel that these waters go through the desert, then finally flow into the sea. Along the way, the river brings everything around it, to life. Lots of green, healthy trees grow along the river bringing forth various fruits that heals everyone that eats them.
What does the text mean when it says, " But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given over to salt."? Well, what do you think of when you think of a marsh or swamp? I think of stagnant, muddy water that doesn't move anywhere, that is perfectly satisfied with where it is. Are we growing in the depth of our walk with Christ, or are we content to stay where we are? I hope that we are like the deep,moving river. What are the consequences for being like a swamp? It says that they shall become salt marshes. That doesn't sound very good, does it? Salt stifles plant growth, or will even kill plant life, and if the water has enough salt it, it will have a detrimental effect on marine life. I pray that we would be like the river that nourishes the thirsty, desert land,and turning it into a lush garden,and not like the salt marsh that refreshes no life whatsoever. Let us keep moving toward the Heavenly Kingdom.