River Rising Pt 2: Stepping In, Crossing Over

September 14th 2016

Part of the creation story is a description of four rivers found in Gen 2:10-14. These rivers--the Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates--flowed out from the garden and watered the earth. Each river has a particular meaning about the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

  1. The word Pishon comes from the rootpuwsh,which means to grow fat, spread out, or be scattered. The idea is that it goes small to large by spreading out and increasing. Think of Gihon as a well and out of that well comes water that has a much larger purpose and impact than might be imagined.

Here is a picture of salvation. We drink from the well of salvation and it grows into something eternal and beyond measure. Jesus offered the water of salvation (living water) to a Samaritan woman, telling her that, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” John 4:10 (NKJV).

  1. Gihon means gushing forth or bursting out and could describe an artesian well or spring of water. After speaking to the Samaritan woman about having “a drink of living water” Jesus went on to say: “But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14 (NKJV). Gihon is a picture of the well of salvation becoming a spring that never runs dry.
  2. Tigris means swift or darting, and is a word picture of movement and life. Now the water has direction and a current that is flowing with power and purpose. Jesus captured this idea when he said: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” John 7:37-38 (NKJV). Here, the power and baptism of the Spirit is described.
  3. Euphrates means sweet or fruitful and this is described in the passage from Ezekiel 47: 8-9 “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes” Ezekiel 47:8-9 (NKJV). The final river is a picture of divine rest, healing and fruitfulness.

Each river is a picture of the Holy Spirit's presence and ministry in the life of believers. What starts as a drink becomes a well which enlarges to a flowing fountain and then surges into multiple rivers! There is no decrease in the Holy Spirit's presence and work in and through our lives. His intention is continual overflow which branches out into far reaching and life-giving ministry. The drink that provides eternal refreshment and satisfaction unleashes a flow of life that is deeper, wider and bigger than we imagined!

The deeper you go, the sweeter it gets-

Ps George 


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