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The River (2)
Bible Verses: Psalm 46:4; Ezekiel 5:5; Romans 8:15-17, James 1:17; Acts 2:1-4; Ecclesiastes 2:6; Psalm 46:4; Acts 4:13; John 6:63; Heb 3:7-8; John 15:8.
The new message series is on Rivers of the Bible and their spiritual significance! The first of the 7 are actually a grouping and are referred to as the The E____ R_____! The River of Beginnings! (Associated with creation and man’s beginning in Paradise)
Genesis 2:10-14, “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. “
What are the names of these 4 Rivers are the P_____, G_____, H______ & E_________?
These 4 rivers are part of the original creation, which occurred in about the year 4004 B.C. The earth at creation was one large continent called the Great Pangaea! Adam and Eve sinned, Eden was sealed, and man eventually becomes vile and wicked, departing from the worship of the Creator! In response to mankind’s sin, God brought a global judgment upon the earth consuming it entirely with a great cataclysmic Flood which occurred in about the year 2348. For about 1656 years, mankind lived on this continent and these 4 rivers flowed through the land, until the flood, then the continent was reshaped as well as the rivers!
The Biblical #4 has to do with Creation and the World!
It’s an amazing parallel that it is Genesis chapter 2 and in Acts chapter 2, both describing Rivers of Creation or Beginnings; literally in Genesis and Spiritually in Acts!
The literal 4’s in Genesis are what?
The Spiritual 4’s in Acts has to do with the direction to go - where were they to go?
The #4 is about the world where people live, work and die; a world symbolic of testing, trials and experience!
NOTE: It is no coincidence that the 4th commandment has to do with man and a spiritual break from the world! What is the 4th commandment the?
The first river is the creation of the one river that divides into 4!
1. THE SOURCE OF THE EDENIC RIVERS!
Eden was the heart of the planet, as Israel is the heart of the earth today! (Ezekiel 5:5)
The One river originated in the midst of the Garden of Eden and flowed into 4 rivers! After man began to multiply, the Garden of Eden isn’t mentioned again in the Bible and was probably hidden by God to protect man from eating of the tree of life! The tree of life is mentioned again in the book of Revelation!
What two things are the heart of Eden symbolic of?
1. Symbolic of the H_______ of G___ - where all blessings flow! (Romans 8:15-17, James 1:17)
2. Symbolic of the O__________ of the H___ S_____ Division! (Acts 2:1-4) “Cloven”!
God is the Source for our life in this world of testing trials and experience and the Holy Spirit flows through us!
2. THE COURSE OF THE EDENIC RIVERS!
What was the purpose (course) of these Rivers? (Ecclesiastes 2:6)
The Spirit will bring life to the dryness of your life with the trials and difficulties, and a promise is given that life will spring forth!
Read Isaiah 35:1-7, as a river brings life so what will God’s spiritual River do?
The Holy Spirit in signs and wonders are set on course for you today! (Psalm 46:4)
3. THE FORCE OF THE EDENIC RIVERS!
God desires you to have N___ B__________ and fresh S_______! The P____ River - “changing, doubling, extended” - Like the River that flowed bringing life, so the Holy Spirit is the Force that causes a change of direction or the change in our lives and situations! (Acts 4:13)
God desires to bring C______! The G_____ River - “valley of grace gushing and breaking forth” - Abundance - Like the River that gushed with life, so the Holy Spirit is the Force that gushes and breaks forth life to the Believer! (John 6:63)
God desires to G_____ you spiritually! The H________ Rivers - “sharp voice” - Like a loud mighty rushing River, so the Holy Spirit is the voice of reason in our lives. He speaks spiritual to us! (Heb 3:7-8)
God desires to bring you A_________ and F__________! The E_________ River - “to make fruitful” - Like this great River that brought growth everywhere it went so the Holy Spirit is the one who makes us fruitful! (John 15:8)
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