Eve of Pentecost

Isaiah 24:4–13, Zechariah 14:8–11, Revelation 22:1–5

The . As we read about the in Isaiah, we can easily read into it the current fears, concerns, and observations regarding our environment. Truth be told, if we are ed to be stewards—rather than dominators—of Creation, we can see our responsibility regarding Creation. The context of this passage is indeed the damage done to Creation as a result of humankind’s behavior. It is not the “fouling the nest” concept that is the origin, but that s were resolutely turned away from God. The land, ultimately, was a symbol of God’s (the “land of milk and honey”) or the removal of it. While it is d land, it is not God’s desire that it occurred, but the natural result of human s’ desires for something wholly other than God.

As the social/religious/political center of Israelite and Jewish , Jerusalem was the most d of all. Yet, Zechariah provides a vision of a healed city whose waters will flow into the world. Jerusalem would be transformed from a place of desolation and to a place of and .

In Revelation, the image takes on greater depth as the water imagery of the Water of Life that flows from God the Father and the Son. It also revolves around the oppoe of the …God is the center of their lives.

1) If “the land” is still a symbol of God’s , what does that mean for us?

2) How do you see God as the center of your ? How does that differ from the vision of Zechariah and John’s Revelation?

3) What is it about the Water of Life flowing from the throne of the Father and the throne of the Lamb that is important? What is the “hidden” image?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.