Good Day to you on this Shmini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly).
“For seven days present food offerings to the Lord, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present a food offering to the Lord.
It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work.” (Leviticus 23:36; see also Numbers 29:35)
This morning I spent some time in prayer. Meditating on this whole Fall Feast Season (different experiences and revelations contained within; up to and including words from Gods people and questions that arose), meditating on what today is all about; Shmini Atzeret (according to Rabbinic tradition the world is judged concerning water, fruit and produce, and the amount of rainfall for the coming year is decided), and meditating on repentance especially in regards to Salvation and the End Times we are in.
In Prayer I began to speak with Jesus and after a while I came to a place where I told him I wanted to drink of His water; I went through a process of accepting it. This process led me into silence in which I really couldn’t speak. Speaking not only seemed inappropriate, but would have interfered with what He was doing and saying. After some time in silence, yet with reverence, and remaining in prayer “posture”, I then felt I needed to share what would come next. I recorded what you hear.
As a side note- to let you know, I am rather quiet at first and seemingly methodical in thinking, with pauses included. This was simply the case for a few reasons. Firstly, I had just spent some time in silence, so a boisterous tone and momentum would have been out of place. Secondly, I wanted to make sure I spoke what was, and not what I thought up. Lastly, I was in a private setup and was in a somewhat “quiet” space.
I pray this is a Blessing to you on this day and in this season.
P.s. As far as my reflecting on the whole of the Fall Feasts, I will be following up soon with a blog post of my experiences and revelations that occurred during this Fall Feast Season of 2014.
Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.
So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
Now he had to go through Samaria.
So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well.
It was about noon.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman.
How can you ask me for a drink?”
For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.
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 livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.
The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.
What you have just said is quite true.” “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” called Christ “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
“Sing, barren woman,you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the Lord.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples.
Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God,the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their waysand the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your waysand my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,and do not return to itwithout watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desireand achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joyand be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the fieldwill clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
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.
Blessings to you on this 8th and final day of these Fall Feasts of 2014!