Ask for springs of water

Judges 1:15: She said to him, “Give me a blessing. Since you have set me in the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

rainbow-67902_640Jesus specifically associated asking and receiving with the experience of the Holy Spirit. He said: “which one you parents, would the child ask for bread and he would give a stone or a fish and would give a scorpion? How much more will the heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him (Luke 11:9-13)?”

In the books of Acts of the Apostles, the phrase “filled with the Holy Spirit” was commonly used. If we juxtapose it with the words of Jesus recorded by Luke, it is as if the Holy Spirit is food to be eaten, like bread and fish, which was a common staple of the people around that time. It was an analogy they could relate with. He was showing them that they need the Holy Spirit all the time.

The experience of filling was also associated with the concept of the Holy Spirit as spiritual wine. That was the image communicated from the reaction of some onlookers in the Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples in the upper room.

Some of the onlookers mocked saying they are filled with new wine because of how they spurt out words in the religious pilgrim’s native tongues though they came from different parts of the world for a feast in Jerusalem at that time. That was a miraculous working of the God.

And when Paul wrote to the Christians in Ephesus, he said that they should not be filled with wine wherein in excess but should be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). The idea is that after you have been filled with the Holy Spirit, just like natural wine, you will soon need to be refilled to remain under the influence, to live under the influence. You have to be in the state of constantly being filled with the Holy Spirit.

In the focus verse, Caleb’s daughter called springs of water, blessing. She was going to be married off to Othniel (a warrior) and as dowry Caleb gave the couple the land of Negeb which corresponds to the salvation experience (Judges 1:12-15). But she wanted something more. She wanted springs of water and she asked for it. (She represents the church married to Jesus, and she does not want a dry salvation experience but a flourishing one, so she asked the father for springs of water, the Holy Spirit) (Acts 19:1-7).

Coming to the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is referred to as the blessing of Abraham that should come upon the gentiles (), just as Caleb’s daughter called springs of water a blessing.

Jesus associated the Holy Spirit with water. We understand this based on the interpretation John to some words of Jesus. During a feast in Jerusalem Jesus said that: if anyone thirsts he should come to me and out of his belly will flow rivers of living waters (John 7:37-39). Water flowing from your inner core makes you a source of refreshing to others, makes you a source of blessing.

That is what receiving the Holy Spirit is all about. It is not just about personal refreshment, it is the movement of the Holy Spirit, bringing heaven to the earth through you; it is your bringing the kingdom of God near others. It is God expressing his essence through you.

The experience of the Holy Spirit is about empowerment. Jesus said we shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon us (Acts 1:8). The water in the land given to the Caleb’s daughter will cause the land to flourish, it will bring prosperity, self-sustainability; it will become a blessing to other lands.

With springs of water you have resources, abilities that are from the presence of God. You get to live from the fountain of grace, never feeling dry. You are led from the realm of the physical, the mental, emotional or the human will to the express control of the Holy Spirit. You get to live by the divine power, and manifest the glory of God.

It can be argued that until the experience of the Holy Spirit is fully realised in your life, you are yet to take delivery of all for which Christ came to die for.

That was the hook Peter used to draw in 3000 men into the fold of Christ in Acts 2 who had witnessed first-hand, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon a group of believers of which Peter was part (Acts 2).

He told them that if they believed in Jesus as they have, they will also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. That definitely caught their attention.

They were not being asked to join a religious group, they were already a religious bunch. They had travelled many miles to observe a religious festival in Jerusalem, which they do yearly.

They did not come for a set of creeds to follow. They had enough in the book of the law written by Moses.  They were interested in something more and God gave it, the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to come into them, the very Spirit which moved the prophets in the time of old, became a resident reality in their once they believed.

What they witnessed was a miraculous working of the Holy Spirit, when Galileans started speaking magnificently of the glory of God in their native languages. And they wanted something like that. Peter explained to them that the experience was linked with believing in Jesus, that Jesus was the gate to it, and 3000 of them went all-in. To them, the offer of an experience of the Holy Spirit was too good to be rejected.

With the Holy Spirit, God brings his intimate presence to man just the way he designed it to be from the beginning. When God made man he made him with intimacy with divinity in his makeup (Genesis 1:26-28).

The presence of God was to be his natural habitat, something to be experienced within and around him. But with sin, there was a hindrance to that reality. So the only thing Jesus did was to take care of the issue of sin and allow the free flow of the Holy Spirit experience for man. That is restoration.

Anything that blocks the experience of the presence of God in man should be rejected. Religion can block the experience of God, it can be bondage rather than liberating, limiting rather than transforming, especially when you refuse to bend when the wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing, when you hunger not for more of God, as you create a monument of what you think you have known that made you superior to others. Then you have become like the Pharisees, who would not submit themselves to the experience of the Holy Spirit because they felt self-sufficient. They will not ask for springs of water because they are not thirsty but are full of themselves.

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