Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Living Water

Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, 'Please give me a drink,' you would have been the one to ask him, and he would have given you living water." (John 4:10 – ISV)

But whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never become thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become a well of water for him, springing up to eternal life." (John 4:14 – ISV)

7And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, ('Siloam' is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. (John 9:7 – KJV)

I am formulating some idea as to why John focused on these two stories.

There is the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus took the opportunity to use water, an essential element necessary to support life to speak to this woman’s conscience concerning sin and repentance, life and death.

Then in John chapter nine, Jesus involves the cleaning properties of water to wash the darkness from a blind man’s eyes.

Shortly after having read from John four, concerning the “living water”, I read John chapter nine and noticed the involvement of water and the vessels containing the water. But what was intended with the pool of Siloam? Why there? Jesus told the blind man to rinse his eyes there. I will not say I know for sure. But I had fun studying this subject.

Here is where my fun began. This is the kind of thing that drives my desire to study the Bible.

The Pool of Siloam is very strongly, almost irrefutably accepted as the Pool formed inside The City of David, the old Jerusalem location that was fed by the Gihon Spring. The water in the pool inside the Old Jerusalem location arrived there via an aqueduct known as Hezekiah’s conduit. And, the pool of Siloam is to say the water that was sent. Or, the pool that was sent, via the Gihon Spring. (I’ve located several links verifying the location of The Pool of Siloam and The Gihon Spring. There is plenty more information that is easily found by searching the Key words. I provided one link, below.).
http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/Pool_of_Siloam_-_The_Pool_Through_Time/id/1856854

What the Pool of Siloam did was provide water for Jerusalem during a siege by Assyria about 700B.C.. King Hezikiah planned for a conduit to flow underground from the Gihon Spring and terminate at a man-made pool inside the city walls. This pool, The Pool of Siloam, of course provided sustenance for Jerusalem and enabled Jerusalem to withstand King Sennacherib’s (2 Chronicles 32) siege. Hence, we have a pool of living water. A pool that was sent (Siloam), via the Gihon Spring through Hezekiah's conduit.

Fast-forward to John 9:1-7. Jesus performed the healing of a blind man. He had the blind man wash in the Pool of Siloam.

If a man told you to go to this pool, a centerpiece of Jewish history and wash. Would you be facing the water and begin to think, “This is The very pool that provided life to a remnant of people and sustained them until God intervened?” And you rinse your eyes. With every splash of water, your vision becomes clearer.

I think Jesus was leaving a kind of object lesson for the testimony as to who He is. I think the scene and miracle testify to Jesus as being a man who has power over the physical. And now, looking into the Pool of Siloam, I would think of its historical importance, as I see it for the very first time, having only heard of it before. And it would occur to me these waters gave life. And this man, He has power over the physical and so He must also have power over death.
Supporting scripture:
2 Kings 20:20
2 Chronicles 32:2-4
2 Chronicles 32:30

3 comments:

thekingpin68 said...

What the Pool of Siloam did was provide water for Jerusalem during a siege by Assyria about 700B.C.. King Hezikiah planned for a conduit to flow underground from the Gihon Spring and terminate at a man-made pool inside the city walls. This pool, The Pool of Siloam, of course provided sustenance for Jerusalem and enabled Jerusalem to withstand King Sennacherib’s (2 Chronicles 32) siege. Hence, we have a pool of living water.

Interesting historical research.

If a man told you to go to this pool, a centerpiece of Jewish history and wash. Would you be facing the water and begin to think, “This is The very pool that provided life to a remnant of people and sustained them until God intervened?” And you rinse your eyes. With every splash of water, your vision becomes clearer.

This is a reasonable conclusion based on your research. Dr. Peter Flint, a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, always expressed the importance of background studies while I was in his class. It helps one better understand the Biblical text.

jeleasure said...

Thanks for your comment Russ.

Yes, I agree with Dr. Flint. It is embarrassing to be proven to be incorrect. In fact, at times I wonder if I should post certain discussion material for fear that I may have largely overlooked something very important.

Jim

thekingpin68 said...

That is why we revise articles.;)