A Daily Purpose Day 133

A Daily Purpose Day 133

The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Saturday, May 13, 2023

1 Samuel 14:1-52, John 7:31-53, Psalm 109:1-31, Proverbs 15:5-7

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Drinking from the Well: Discovering Jesus' Life-Giving Water

By Founding Writer Torrie Slaughter


Water plays a significant role in the Old Testament, both in its literal and symbolic forms. In this post, we’ll explore the significance of water in the Old Testament and its various uses.

Water is a common element in the creation account found in Genesis.

In the beginning, the earth was without form, and darkness covered the deep waters. Then, God’s Spirit hovered over the waters, bringing order to chaos and creating a suitable environment for life to flourish.

Throughout the Old Testament, water is a powerful symbol of God’s creative and life-giving power. Water also plays a significant role in Israel’s history, from the parting of the Red Sea to the crossing of the Jordan River. In both instances, God demonstrates His power by providing a way for His people to cross through the water, escaping from their enemies and entering into the promised land.

Water is also essential for purification rituals in the Old Testament.

Priests were required to wash their hands and feet before entering the tabernacle, and they also had to be sprinkled with water as part of their consecration ceremony. The Israelites were instructed to purify themselves with water before coming into the presence of God and to offer sacrifices in the temple, symbolizing their desire to be cleansed from sin.

In addition to its physical and symbolic uses, water is also used in the Old Testament to represent spiritual renewal and transformation. In Isaiah 44:3, God promises to pour out His Spirit on His people, like water on a thirsty land, bringing new life and vitality to those who are spiritually dry and weary. In Numbers 20, Moses strikes a rock with his staff, and water gushes out to quench the thirst of the Israelites in the wilderness.

  • In Psalm 42, the psalmist compares his thirst for God to a deer panting for water.
  • In Proverbs 25:25, “Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land.”
  • In Ezekiel 47, the prophet has a vision of a river of life flowing from the temple, bringing healing and renewal to the land and the people.

In summary, water plays a significant role in the Old Testament, serving as a symbol of God’s creative and life-giving power, purification, and spiritual renewal. As we reflect on the significance of water in the Old Testament, we’re reminded of the importance of recognizing God’s power and provision in our lives and seeking His cleansing and renewal.

Torrie is a media ministry consultant who works with churches and faith driven organizations to build their ministry team. She is the Blueprint Specialist uncovering root problems to construct solutions. Want to hear more? Tune in and listen to A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional a podcast by Our Given Purpose


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