Sunday School: Gospel Doctrine
Lesson 44: ‘Every Thing Shall Live Whither the River Cometh’

“Lesson 44: ‘Every Thing Shall Live Whither the River Cometh’” Old Testament Class Member Study Guide (2001), 28

“Lesson 44,” Old Testament Class Member Study Guide, 28

Lesson 44

“Every Thing Shall Live Whither the River Cometh”

Ezekiel 43–44; 47

Study the following scriptures:

  1. Ezekiel 43:1–12; 44:6–9, 23. Ezekiel is shown a vision of the temple in Jerusalem.

  2. Ezekiel 47:1, 6–12. Ezekiel sees a river flowing from the temple that gives life to the desert and heals the Dead Sea.

  3. Ezekiel 47:2–5. Ezekiel measures the river’s depth and discovers that the water gets deeper each time he wades into it.

  • What do you learn about the temple from Ezekiel 43:1–12 and 44:6–9, 23?

  • According to Ezekiel’s vision, what changes will take place in the Judean wilderness and the Dead Sea, which are east of Jerusalem, because of the river flowing from the temple? (See Ezekiel 47:6–12.) How does the water of life available in the temple heal and give life to marriages? families? our ancestors? the Church?

As you study the account in Ezekiel 47:1, 6–12, you may also want to study Revelation 22:1–3 and 1 Nephi 8:10–11; 11:25. Notice the similar images in these passages.