Bible and Water important to Christians?
Bible and water are very much connected. Water is mentioned 722 times
in the scriptures.
That is less than God, Jesus, heaven or love, but
many more times than faith, hope, prayer or even worship. When I found
that out I thought it very interesting and wanted to learn more from
the Bible and water.
The first time water is mentioned in the scripture
is found in Genesis 1:2
Gen 1:2 The earth was formless and
empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was
hovering over the surface of the waters.
Before there was anything; light, sun or moon,
earth, plants, living creatures or
anything else, there was water.
Having created the earth out of water,
and the sky in the midst of waters, and calling forth living creatures
out of water, God continues to bathe his creation with water as a sign
of His care.
The finale time water is mentioned is in
Revelations 22:17 The Spirit and the
bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone
who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water
From the beginning of the Bible to the end water
flows through the pages of scripture. It is full of passages that link
water to Gods creating, blessing and saving work. This alone shows to
me the importance of water in our spiritual lives.
I will not be able, nor do I think I could, go
through all the passages in which water in mentioned. I will attempt,
however, to give you a sampling and ask that you study the Word for
yourself, just as a Barean.
I will look at what the bible and water speak
The Bible and Water Speak of
Have you ever heard the saying that the natural explains the spiritual?
Well it does and hear is just on example of it.
In day five of creation we find in Genesis
1:20 God said "Let
the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that have life..."
This passage shows us that life comes out of the water.
In the natural birth process that is true also.
After conception we continue to develop and grow in what is essentially
a sack of water inside the womb.
When a woman is in labor and the baby
is about to be born, we wait for that 'water to break' so that the baby
can come forth into life.
Also physical birth (water birth) must come before
Spiritual birth as we see in John 3 when Nicodemus, a ruler of the
Jews, is asking questions of Jesus.
John 3: 1-5 Now there was a man of the
Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He
came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who
has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you
are doing if God were not with him." In reply Jesus declared, "I tell
you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born
again." "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked.
"Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be
born!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the
kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
The Bible and Water Speaks of
Water symbolizes Gods Word in many places throughout the Bible. In both
Psalms and Ephesians water is a symbols of God's word.
5:26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with
water through the word.
In Isaiah the water is a simile for the knowledge
Isaiah 55:10-11 As the rain and the snow come
down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the
earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the
sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my
mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I
desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
In Hosea the rains are a sign of the presence of
6:3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to
acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will
come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the
Finally in Amos water represents social justice:
5:24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like
a never-failing stream!
Believers in Christ Jesus would do well to read,
study, and meditate on the Word of God. Reading your bible will have a
cleansing effect on you. That leads into the next topic in our
discussion in the Bible and water...
The Bible and
Water Speak of Purification and Cleansing
This is really a continuation of Gods Word as it relates both
figuratively and literally as a means of purification and cleansing.
Exodus tells us that Moses was instructed to make
a bronze basin and fill it with water. The priests would wash both
their hands and feet before they entered the Tabernacle so "that they
Aaron, in Leviticus, is told to take a bath in
water before he offers sacrifices.
A ceremonial washing with water symbolizes greater
purity when God says in Ezekiel 36:25
36:25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be
clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your
As believers in Christ Jesus we can approach God
with assurance as it says in Hebrews 10:22
10:22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full
assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a
guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
John 13 shows us Jesus washing His disciples feet.
But why only their feet? That's what Simon Peter asked Jesus as well.
Jesus answered in John 13:10
13:10 Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only
to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean...
He was saying that the dirt of the world needed to
See, they only wore saddles at that time. As they
walked on the roads the dust and dirt would collect on their feet and
need to be cleaned even though the rest of the body was already cleaned.
It's true then that, in our life as a believer, we
all need to be purified from the dust and dirt of this world. We do
that by reading the Word
Our Lord says in John 15:3
You are already clean because of
the word I have spoken to you.
And just one more example of how the bible and water are connected with
Purification and Cleansing is found in Matthew 3 where John the Baptist
is baptizing people in the Jordon river.
Matthew 3:5,6,11 People went out to him from
Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing
their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River..."I baptize
you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more
powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize
you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
The Bible and
Water Speak of Restlessness and Tribulation
The Bible and Water
Speak of Deliverance and Rescue
The Bible and Water connect deliverance and rescue many times
throughout the Scriptures.
In Exodus we read the story
that shows us water is the means of deliverance for Moses when he was
just an infant. Pharaoh's daughter, upon finding a baby in the reeds of
the Nile river and taking him home to raise, maned him Moses "because I
drew him out of the water."
Further in Exodus, God uses
water again when He parts the Red Sea to rescue the Isrealites from the
army of Pharaoh sent to take them back into slavery. God used the same
sea for both the deliverance of His people and judgment on the Egyptian
Genesis 7 describes how Noah and his family were delivered and rescued
by water while in the ark.
7:17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and
as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.
Noah's family and the living creatures on the ark,
which means something affording protection or safety, were the only
things that God did not destroy in the flood.
7:21-23 Every living thing that moved on the earth
perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm
over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the
breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of
the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move
along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth.
Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
The Bible and Water
Speak of Blessings from God
Water is sometimes the setting and other times the material used by God
to Bless His people.
In John 2 we read the first miracle done by Jesus
and a weeding feast in Cana where He blessed a couple and the guest
that were gathered to celebrate their wedding...
2: 7-11 Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with
water"; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had
been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from,
though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the
bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first
and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink;
but you have saved the best till now."
This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of
Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith
The Bible and water are connected again in Exodus
17 where we find that after the Isrealites were in the desert
for a time they became thirsty and needed water. They needed a lot of
water. Enough for about one million people plus all the livestock that
was with them and God provided it for them.
17:5,6 The LORD answered Moses, "Walk on ahead of the people.
Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the
staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before
you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of
it for the people to drink." So Moses did this in the sight of the
elders of Israel.
Eliphaz declares God must be good and just because:
Job 5:10 He bestows rain on the earth;
he sends water upon the countryside.
In Isaiah 44 we read about Israel being the chosen
and the blessing that will come to them from God.
44: 1-3 "But now listen, O Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I
This is what the LORD says— he who made you, who formed you in the
womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant,
Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry
ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on
Jesus heals a man that was blind from birth. He uses two forms of
water. First he spit on the ground to make mud and then tells the man
to go and take a bath. As he did this his sight returned.
In John we see the blessing of healing in our life.
9: 1-7 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His
disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that
he was born blind?"
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this
happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As
long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is
coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light
of the world."
Having said this, he spit on
the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's
eyes. "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means
Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
The Bible and
Water...Some Final Thoughts
These are just a few of the both literal and figurative uses of water
in the scripture. With over 700 references in the Bible on water, I
believe that God has something to say to us. I urge you to read, study,
and meditate on this further. I know that I will.
The Bible and water are keys for any believer. I
would say that they are one of the main means that God's power and
grace are revealed to us. But only if we search it outand accept th
gift He is wanting to give us.
The Bible and water sustain both our physical and
spiritual lives.They both remind us of our creator and savior; unites
us with the Spirit, and transforms and purifies both the world and each
and every believer.
If, as believers, we continue to take the
bible and water for granted and contaminate it, waste or
spoil it, we will see that we will have difficulties in our physical
bodies as well as in our spiritual lives.
When believer in Jesus accept the bible and water,
cherish, respect and hounor them both as the gifts of God that are
freely given to us, we will find our reservoirs full.
And as it says in:
12:2,3 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be
afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become
And we will then be able to draw on the Lord and
all that our King has for His children, with Joy, from the wells of
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