Ezekiel 47: Purifying Waters
The imagery that we have been developing this entire time is incredibly important as we move into Ezekiel 47. Again, Jesus Christ is the ideal Temple, and now we have a situation where there is water pouring out of the Temple and making saltwater fresh.
Eze 47:8 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.
Eze 47:9 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 very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
As you read these chapters, the progression seems to make sense. We now have this ideal Temple that we could not build ourselves but only through the power of God, and there is water pouring out of it. The water is healing the land. Wasn’t that pretty much what Jesus did?
He came into our world and totally transformed people. Just like the ocean cannot make itself fresh, we could not make ourselves clean. It is only through the saving power of God that we can have this salvation.
Interestingly, not everyone will be transformed.
Eze 47:11 But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.
I think that is also indicative of our world. Clearly, not everyone is living in the way of Christ. There are some who have not found the healing water of Christ. Again, this is very strong imagery again.
It is amazing to have this gift of refreshment from Jesus Christ.