Water

* Views about the flood of Noah’s day

Was the Flood a local event, or did it cover the entire earth?  A universal flood was certainly possible.  There is enough water on the earth to cover all dry land (the earth began that way).  Afterward God promised never again to destroy the earth with a flood.  Thus, this Flood must have either covered the entire earth or destroyed all the inhabitants of the earth.  Remember, God’s reason for sending the Flood was to destroy all the earth’s wickedness.  It would have taken a major flood to accomplish this. (NLT)

Genesis 7:17-24 – For forty days the floods prevailed, covering the ground and lifting the boat high above the earth.  As the waters rose higher and higher above the ground, the boat floated safely on the surface.  Finally, the water covered even the highest mountains on the earth, standing more than twenty-two feet above the highest peaks.  All the living things on earth died—birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all kinds of small animals, and all the people.  Everything died that breathed and lived on dry land.  Every living thing on the earth was wiped out—people, animals both large and small, and birds.  They were all destroyed, and only Noah was left alive, along with those who were with him in the boat.   And the water covered the earth for 150 days.

* Importance of ancient wells

The well, the chief source of water for an entire village, was usually located outside town along the main road.  Many people had to walk a mile or more for their water.  They could use only what they could carry home.  Farmers and shepherds would come from nearby fields to draw water for their animals.  The well was a good place to meet new friends or to chat with old ones.  Rebekah would have visited the well twice daily to draw water for her family. (NLT)

Genesis 24:11 – There the servant made the camels kneel down beside a well just outside the village.  It was evening, and the women were coming out to draw water.

* – The desolate Gerar area was located on the edge of a desert.  Water was as precious as gold.  If someone dug a well, he was staking a claim to the land.  Some wells had locks to keep thieves from stealing the water.  To fill in someone’s well with dirt was an act of war; it was one of the most serious crimes in the land.  Isaac had every right to fight back when the Philistines ruined his wells, and yet he chose to keep the peace.  In the end, the Philistines respected him for his patience. (NLT)

Genesis 26:17-18 – So Isaac moved to the Gerar Valley and lived there instead.  He reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had filled in after Abraham’s death.  Isaac renamed them, using the names Abraham had given them.

* Water given to weary travelers by the well

Was it right for Abraham’s servant to ask God for such a specific sign?  The sign he requested was only slightly out of the ordinary.  The hospitality of the day required women at the well to offer water to weary travelers, but not to their animals.  Eliezer was simply asking God to show him a woman with an attitude of service—someone who would go beyond the expected.  An offer to water his camels would indicate that kind of attitude.  Eliezer did not ask for a woman with good looks or wealth.  He knew the important of having the right heart, and he asked God to help him with his task. (NLT)

Genesis 24:14 – This is my request.  I will ask one of them for a drink.  If she says, ‘Yes, certainly, and I will water your camels, too!’—let her be the one you have appointed as Isaac’s wife.  By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.

* Egypt dependent upon Nile River for water

Egypt was a large country, but most of the population lived along the banks of the Nile River.  This 3,000-mile waterway was truly a river of life for the Egyptians.  It made life possible in a land that was mostly desert by providing water for drinking, farming, bathing, and fishing.  Egyptian society was a ribbon of civilization linking the banks of this life source, rarely reaching very far into the surrounding desert.  Without the Nile’s water, Egypt could not have existed.  Imagine Pharaoh’s dismay when Moses turned this sacred river to blood! (NLT)

Exodus 7:20 – So Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded them.  As Pharaoh and all of his officials watched, Aaron raised his staff and hit the water of the Nile.  Suddenly, the whole river turned to blood!

* Why David poured out water men gave him

David poured out the water as an offering to God because he was so moved by the sacrifice it represented.  When Hebrews offered sacrifices, they never consumed the blood.  It represented life, and they poured it out before God.  David would not drink this water that represented the lives of his soldiers.  Instead, he offered it to God. (NLT)

2 Samuel 23:16 – So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well, and brought it back to David.  But he refused to drink it.  Instead, he poured it out before the Lord.

* What Jesus meant by “living water”

What did Jesus mean by “living water”?  In the Old Testament, many verses speak of thirsting after God as one thirsts for water.  God is called the fountain of life and the fountain of living water.  In saying he would bring living water that could forever quench a person’s thirst for God, Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah.  Only the Messiah could give this gift that satisfies the soul’s desire. (NLT)

John 4:10 – Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

* Messiah’s life-giving blessings

The chapter is a hymn of praise—another graphic description of the people’s joy when Jesus Christ comes to reign over the earth.  Even now we need to express our gratitude to God, thanking him, praising him, and telling others about him.  From the depths of our gratitude, we must praise him.  And we should share the Good News with others. (NLT)

Isaiah 12:1-3 – In that day you will sing: “Praise the Lord!  He was angry with me, but now he comforts me.  See, God has come to save me.  I will trust in him and not be afraid.  The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!

Isaiah 44:3-4 – For I will give you abundant water to quench your thirst and to moisten your parched fields.  And I will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your children.  They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.

* Watering your life

We cannot be saved without faith in Christ, but our faith lacks sincerity if it doesn’t reach out to others.  Fasting can be beneficial spiritually and physically, but at its best fasting helps only the person doing it.  God says he wants our fasting to go beyond our own personal growth to acts of kindness, charity, justice, and generosity.  This truly is pleasing to God. (NLT)

Isaiah 58:11 – The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.

* Water, a symbol of eternal life

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, he told her of the living water that he could supply.  This image is used again as Christ invites anyone to come and drink of the water of life.  The Good News is unlimited in scope—all people everywhere may come.  Salvation cannot be earned, but God gives it freely.  We live in a world desperately thirsty for living water, and many are dying of thirst.  But it’s still not too late.  Let us invite everyone to come and drink. (NLT)

Revelations 22:17 – The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”  Let each one who hears them say, “Come.”  Let the thirsty ones come—anyone who wants to.   Let them come and drink the water of life without charge.

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