“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”– Matthew 5:6
Thirty-one years ago, just weeks before being released from the Israeli army, some friends and I went to the theaters to see the movie, “Ben Hur.”
At that time, I was into everything the world had to offer and had never once heard the name -Yeshua. As I watched the movie, one particular scene captures my attention. A man figure approaches Judah, son of Hur, as he thirsts in the desert and He offers him a drink of living water. This scene perplexed me. “Who was that man who gave free, living water to Judah who was lost?” Even after the movie ended, that scene still played in my mind.
As a young, Israeli Jew, I had never been taught the part of the history of my people of when the Son of Man once came to Israel to offer living water to anyone who believed. Students learned in the schools that Jesus was for the Christians and there was no connection to the Jewish people. We were told that not only was there no connection between Jesus and Judaism, but beyond that, Nazis in Germany destroyed millions of Jews in that Name during the time of the Holocaust. For the Jew, believing in Jesus was forbidden.
Yet after seeing that moment on film, of Judah being refreshed by a man unlike any other, I knew I wanted that water for myself who also felt my life was a desert. The answer came not long after when my sister, who had just received Yeshua as her Savior came from abroad to visit with our family. The moment I heard her sharing her faith, I made the connection that she had the water inside her that I had been looking for. Thanks to the film, and the prayers of my sister’s faithful community, I was like a ripe piece of fruit ready for the harvest.
I want to remind you that God is amazing. He hears and answers the prayers of those who are thirsty for Him. In this day and age, where everything in life has a price tag attached to it, God wants to give you and I true happiness which He offers to us for free.
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”- Revelation 22:17
God has given us the opportunity to repent every day but He has also given us set times for repentance. These times are the Lord’s feasts. This month is the month of Elul in the Hebraic calendar. In this month, we look inside ourselves to search out if there is anything in need of forgiveness by God. We do this in preparation of Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement. As this day approaches, take the time to search your heart and see if you are in need of the Lord’s living water. If you ask of Him, He will surely fill you to overflowing and out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water, the water of His Spirit.
“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”- John 4:14