ROLE MODELS – WATER – The roles Yeshua plays in our lives – displayed in Creation

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GLOSSARY:

  • Yeshua –  (Yeh SHOO uh) The Hebrew name by which Jesus’ parents called Him. (alternative pronunciations are also possible)
  • YHVH – also referred to as the “tetragrammaton” (the four letters), it is The Eternal Creator’s personal name, used more than 7500 times in the original language of the Hebrew Scriptures; translated into English as LORD or GOD;  in Hebrew יהוה
  • Yahweh – Transliteration of the above 4 letter name, YHVH, used to make pronunciation easier. (there are other pronunciation possibilities)
  • Ruach –  (ROO-awch) Hebrew word translated into English as spirit,breath,wind.
  • Ruach HaKodesh –  (ROO-awch Ha ko DAYSH) The Holy Spirit
  • Noach –  (NO-awch) Noah’s Hebrew name
  • Torah – (TOE-ruh) – literally “teaching and instructions,” a term used for the Word of God in its entirety, and sometimes specifically for the five books of Moses; Genesis through Deuteronomy – often erroneously termed “the law.”

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How are water and Yeshua connected? Does He want us to know?

Joh 4:10 Yeshua answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who is the One saying to you, Give Me to drink, you would have asked Him, and He would give you living water.

Joh 7:38 The one believing into Me, as the Scripture said, Out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.

In prayer, do you ever ask Yahweh to act on your behalf in His role of Living Water?  And if so, what would that mean? Since Yeshua has chosen to identify Himself with Living Water, perhaps an exploration of physical water might offer us deeper insight.

Job 12:7 But now please ask the animals, and they will teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will recount to you;

Rom 1:20 For the unseen things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things made, both His eternal power and Godhead, for them to be without excuse.

From these Scriptures, it certainly seems that He intends to use the physical to teach us of the spiritual. So with that in mind, we will begin our classroom time with an investigation of water.  Perhaps we should start with a list of facts we already know about H2O.

 

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Water is essential for all life forms even though it contributes no calories or organic nutrients.  When searching for life on other planets, scientists must first ascertain whether or not water is present. If it is not, they know there can be no life.  

So great is man’s need for water, that the number one criteria in choosing a site for settlement has always been a viable water source.

Water comes from the heavenlies, descends to the earth, goes beneath the ground, where it causes new life to spring forth, and then, through evaporation, returns to the heavenlies to come again.

Water is necessary for cleansing and is a powerful solvent in which most elements and compounds can dissolve.

Water is stable. It is not continually being created. The amount of water currently on Planet Earth is the same as at Creation. In fact it is the same water that flowed out of the Garden of Eden, and which rained down upon Noach, being recycled and returning to Earth again and again.

All humans begin life surrounded by water.

Water transports toxins from the body.

Water transports oxygen to all cells. If water were not present in our blood, oxygen bearing cells could not be delivered to muscles and organs.

Scientists state that water is more important to your survival than food. You can survive only 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food.

No water – no plants. No plants – no fruit. No fruit – no seed. No seed – no plants. No plants – no oxygen. No oxygen – no life.  No life – no carbon dioxide. No carbon dioxide – no plants. No plants – no seed. No seed – no fruit. No fruit – no new plants. And now we have come full circle to –   No water –  NO LIFE.  

Water is the only element on earth naturally occurring in three forms; solid, liquid, and gas. If even one of these forms were to disappear, life on earth would be drastically altered or not present at all. The hydrologic system would cease to function.

Approximately 55% of blood is composed of plasma, and plasma consists predominantly of water and salts.

Careless release of wastes/toxins into water supplies is a major problem and will affect our future.

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Oh, and this list barely scratches the surface of all the many wondrous things that could be said about water!

However, the question with which we began, remains. Why would Yeshua be compared to water?

Let’s look through that list once again and see if we can uncover a connection.

 

[list-ul type=”star”][li-row]Water is essential for all life forms even though it contributes no calories or organic nutrients.  When searching for life on other planets, scientists must first ascertain whether or not water is present. If it is not, they know there can be no life.  Truly without Yeshua, the Living Water, there will be no life!

So great is man’s need for water, that the number one criteria in choosing a site for settlement has always been a viable water source. We must recognize our need to be close to the source of Living Water, Yeshua, if we desire to retain Life.

Water comes from the heavenlies, descends to the earth, goes beneath the ground where it causes new life to spring forth, and then, through evaporation, returns to the heavenlies to come again. Yes, Yeshua has come from the heavenlies, has passed beneath the ground where He caused new life to spring forth, returned to the heavenlies, and will come again!

Water is necessary for cleansing and is a powerful solvent in which most elements and compounds can dissolve in water’s powerful molecular structure. There is no bond that Yeshua is not able to break (dissolve) in order to cleanse you!

Water is stable. It is not continually being created. The amount of water currently on Planet Earth is the same as at creation. In fact it is the same water that rained down upon Noach, being recycled and returning to Earth again and again. He was there at creation and is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

We begin life surrounded by water. Our life begins when we are immersed in Yeshua.

Water transports toxins from the body. He takes on our transgressions/impurities, and carries them away.

Water transports oxygen to all cells. Without the water in your blood, oxygen bearing cells cannot be delivered to your muscles and organs.  One of the words translated in the Hebrew Bible as “air” is Ruach and is the word for spirit. Ruach HaKodesh is the Holy Spirit.  Yeshua, the Living Water, Word made flesh, transports the Ruach to every cell of our spiritual being, where He continually performs His work of cleansing and nourishing.

Scientists state that water is more important to your survival than food. You can survive only 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. No amount of chewing on the Scriptures will sustain you eternally. You must appropriate the cleansing and toxic waste removal provided by the Living Water, as well as the Ruach transported by the Living Water.

No water – no plants. No plants – no fruit. No fruit – no seed. No seed – no plants. No plants – no oxygen. No oxygen – no life.  No life – no carbon dioxide. No carbon dioxide – no plants. No plants – no seed. No seed – no fruit. No fruit – no new plants. And now we have come full circle to –   No water – NO LIFE.  Yeshua/ The Word made flesh/Living Water, provides the new growth (the oxygen/Ruach producing plants). Within the plants are seed (which Mark 4 reveals is the Word of God). The Word of God produces fruit with more seed/Word within it. The result is life sustaining Ruach/oxygen.  Without these things (Living Water, Ruach, and Word), there would be NO LIFE. They are a package deal. They are one – echad – a unity.

Water is the only element on earth naturally occurring in three forms; solid, liquid, and gas. If even one of these forms were to disappear, life on earth would be drastically altered or not present at all. The hydrologic system would cease to function. Though Yeshua manifests in many forms throughout Scripture, perhaps there could be 3 main categories into which these forms could be divided; solid (any manifestation in a bodily form such as the Angel of the Lord in the Hebrew Scriptures, or the image of the goodness and glory that Moses saw as the “back parts” of God in Exo 33,  and the human form, Yeshua, in the Renewed Testament – John 1:14); Liquid – The Living Water that flows from Heaven to cleanse and sustain us, flows through our (spiritual) veins, transporting Life, and which sustained the Children of Israel in the Wilderness; and gas – The Ruach HaKodesh/Holy  Spirit Who breathes into us, enlivens us, convicts us,  guides us, and comforts us.

Approximately 55% of blood is composed of plasma and plasma consists predominantly of water and salts.  Scripture tells us that “life is in the blood” and there, in fact, we find Him, in the form of the (Living) water and oxygen/Ruach ,right along with salt – a preservative.

Careless release of wastes/toxins into water supplies is a major problem and will affect our future.  If we continue polluting our Living Water, Yeshua/Torah, by adding toxins (two of which might be paganism and perverted grace) to Him, it will be very difficult for future generations to find the Pure Living Water. (Perverted grace is the doctrine which teaches that all one must do for salvation is apologize for sin, and does not teach that repentance is turning away from sin. Nor does it even teach the definition of sin, as stated in 1 Jn 3:4 – “sin is lawlessness.”  This perversion might be likened to adding a beautiful blue dye and perfume to a disease infested water source. It may look better and smell better, but it is still deadly.)

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Yes, water is indeed like Yeshua! Yeshua came first, and then created physical water with the express purpose of mimicking Him!

If the above statements seem like an outlandish proposition, perhaps we could consider the following:

Did we need to need water? Could our Creator have created us without such a need, or any needs, in fact?  Certainly, He could have. Therefore, if He could have created us with no needs, and yet that is not what He chose, then wouldn’t we have to conclude that He wanted us to have the need? And if so, for what purpose?

Is it possible that He wanted us to find it necessary to always seek out water to sustain life?  Perhaps He also desired that we come to an understanding that water is required for our cleansing, and that without it we could never be purified. He knew that eventually we would “discover” that the life that is in the blood is transported by water. And certainly it must have been His plan that, at some point, it would come to our minds and hearts that He, the Word made flesh, is that life-giving, life-sustaining Water bridging the gap between heaven and earth.  In fact, as a side note, isn’t it fascinating to consider that the physical light of the world (the sun), and physical water (both of which He is compared to) are the two things that do indeed form a bridge between heaven and earth? Selah (pause and think about that)

It is interesting to consider this from the first verses of Genesis:

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Do you notice that there is no mention of the water being created or brought forth in these verses? It would seem that it was already there!  This “omission” seems to fit perfectly with the gospel of John where we are told:

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. :2  The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. 4 In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Now let’s return to those first verses of Genesis and this time we will add verse 3 as well.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

In verses 4 – 10, we learn that God divided the light from the darkness and the waters from the waters (a discussion for another time).  But for now, perhaps we could agree that heaven and earth might be said to represent the spiritual and the physical respectively. Light represents understanding as seen in Psalm 119.

Psa 119:130 The entrance of thy words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple.

And if light represents understanding, then certainly darkness must represent lack of understanding.  Without form and void is defined as worthless, empty, in vain. Now using this “light”/”understanding,” let’s look again.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (the spiritual and the physical). The earth (physical) was worthless, empty and void and there was darkness (lack of understanding) upon the deep. And the Spirit (Ruach) of God moved upon the waters. And God said Let there be Light (understanding).”

Now, the next thing we see God creating or bringing forth is recorded in verse 11:

Gen 1:11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 2 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Yes, LIFE springs forth from the earth! I know!  Not a huge revelation. But perhaps we should continue our quest for greater understanding.

To that end, we will do some Biblical math, drawing from the Scriptures cited above.

Emptiness and worthlessness + Spirit of God + Cleansing Water + Light/Understanding = LIFE

Does that sound like anything you have experienced?  Were you once in a state of emptiness and worthlessness? Once the Spirit of God (Ruach) entered with conviction, and Cleansing (repentance leading to forgiveness) occurred, did you begin to gain Understanding/Light and was the end result LIFE? Wow!  Mi kamocha, b’alim Adonai!  Who is like You, O Lord among the gods!

How loving and BRILLIANT is this Creator who designs us with a need to seek out His Water which cleanses, sustains, and transports the Ruach to our heart, our lungs, and our complete being!

We will bring this to a conclusion with Isaiah 12

Isa 12:1 And in that day you shall say, O Yahweh, I will praise You: though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation (Yeshua); I will trust, and not be afraid: for Yahweh is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation (Yeshua). Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation (Yeshua). 4  And in that day shall you say, Praise Yahweh, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted. 5  Sing unto  Yahweh; for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. 6  Cry out and shout, you inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

Yes, the word translated as “salvationabove is, in fact, the Hebrew word Yeshua.

From the Strong’s Lexicon    H 3444 –  Yeshua – yesh-oo-aw, ישועה

deliverance; hence aid, victory, prosperity: – deliverance, health, help (-ing), salvation, save, saving (health), welfare.

Without a doubt, He, the Living Water, is my strength and my song and he has also become my Yeshua/salvation! And indeed, His name shall be called Emanuel – God with us.

From this day forth, may we look at water in a different light (understanding).  Each time we drink water, may we contemplate the miracles it is performing within our bodies as a picture of the wonders that the Living Water is accomplishing within our spirits. May it cause us to praise Him for continually transporting spiritual toxins and waste away, cleansing us daily, while also carrying spiritual nutrients to our every cell.   And perhaps we will feel or “hear” in our spirit as the Living Water conveys the Ruach HaKodesh throughout our being, without which we would perish.

Oh, yes. He knew what He was doing when He called Himself the source of Living Water!

Today and always, as we consume water, shower in water, use water to clean, and even perhaps play in water, may we be ever thankful, but never completely sated, but ever thirst after Him!

Psa 63:1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; 2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. 3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. 4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.  Amayn (may it be so)