Isaiah compares the governance and work of the Lord in Jerusalem to the gently flowing waters of Shiloah in Isaiah 8. Shiloah is generally recognised as being the same word that is translated Siloam or “Sent” in John 9. It is the place Jesus sent the man blind from birth to wash and come back seeing.
The gently flowing waters of Siloam refers to the ebb and flow of the waters that passed through a tunnel in the very centre of Jerusalem. This tunnel had been dug during Isaiah’s time. An inscription has been found dating from the period which uses the same Hebrew word “ ” that Isaiah used to describe the waters flow. The lengthy inscription explains that the tunnel was built from both ends at the same time. One set of workmen started at the Gihon spring and the other started in the centre of Jerusalem. The workmen met in the middle – which wasn’t easy to do.
In the very heart of the City of God there flows a river that makes the Lord glad (Psalm 46:4). It is a gently flowing river of healing and it needs to be directed and revealed by the work of godly men.
Our churches are places of healing but it takes the work of godly men to reveal that. The healing streams are there, we just need to dig and work hard together to meet in the middle so they can be revealed and everyone be refreshed.