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Four Rivers // Speaker Rhonda Cobern // December 9, 2018 // CAPSTONE CHURCH SERMON

Preacher: Rhonda Cobern

Series: Standalone Messages

Passage: Genesis 2:10-14

Genesis 2:10-14 “A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there is was separated into four headwaters.  The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah (where there is gold. The gold of that land is good, aromatic resin and onyx are also there.)  The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush (Ethiopia). The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.”
Numbers and Names are always significant in scripture and should be investigated to find any hidden meanings and mysteries. They bring hope and point to something important. The number 4 means God’s creation and the world. It means He is doing something within His creation.  Look at four’s in creation:
  • Four seasons:  spring, summer, fall, winter
  • Four regions: north, south, east, west
  • Four basic elements:  earth, air, fire, water
  • Four phases of the moon: new moon, first quarter, full moon, third quarter.
River #1: Pishon // The number 1 points to unity, specifically the Godhead. He is the Alpha. The beginning of all things (Genesis 1:1, Revelation 22:13). Pishon means mouth (masculine) and to scatter (feminine) from one end to the other.  What happened in Genesis 11:1? Everyone spoke one language and said “let’s make a name for ourselves and build a tower whose top reaches to heaven!” And God came down and confused their language so they all spoke differently and scattered them from one end of the earth to the other.
River #2: Gihon // The number 2 means a faithful witness and set apart. God sent the disciples out 2 by 2. The animals entered the ark 2 by 2. Gihon means gushed or birthed.
River #3: Tigris (or Haddakel) // Three is the number for perfect completion and perfect divinity. It can also be linked to a place of sacrifice. Genesis 22:4 says Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place of sacrifice. On the third day Jesus rose; three crosses at Calvary; He was crucified the third hour. Peter denied Jesus three times and Jesus restored him three times. Egypt, the Wilderness and the Promised Land. The Father, Son & the Holy Spirit. Then, Tigris or Haddakel means to prick, pierce or thorns, and as a verb it means rejoice.
River #4: Euphrates // We’ve already discussed that the number Four is God doing something in this creation or in the world. He is ALWAYS doing something in this world and we need to see it and be a part of it. Euphrates is where we come in today. It means good, noble, and fruit. It’s also the place of judgment in the last days in Revelation 9 where FOUR angels that are bound there are released under the sixth trumpet and it dries up. It’s the largest river in that area. Can you imagine the wars over water?
So we have unity, mouth, scattered, faithful witness, birthed, perfect completion and divinity, sacrifice, pierced, thorns, God in the world, good, noble and fruitful. From the beginning the Lord was pointing toward King Jesus. Our King. The one who is the most fruitful of all. We are currently in the Hebrew year 5779 and about to go into 2019. Nine is the number of fruit. It’s also the number of judgment. For those who are of the kingdom of God, nine sends a strong message. We serve an amazing, complex, wonderful God who is the Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end.
Today’s Scriptures:
  • Genesis 2:10-14
  • Genesis 1:1
  • Revelations 22:13
  • Genesis 22:4
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