Throughout the Judeo-Christian scriptures, there are countless references to physical H20 – from its genesis, then division among earth and sky – to the worldwide cataclysmic flood – then still later, to a miraculous parting scene at the Red Sea. Further biblical accounts detail famous sea stories like Jonah and the whale and various new testament accounts on sea voyages by Jesus of Nazareth, his disciples, and later apostles. Even the first documented miracle of Christ involved changing water into wine. A short time later came the great story of the wayward woman at a well. As the Messiah revealed His identity to her, he was also promising his ultimate “living water” – which would eternally satisfy the thirst of her soul.
Each of these biblical descriptions concerning this natural and essential element, from both a physical and spiritual standpoint, has been often misinterpreted with destructive consequences. Many people have never come to understand some basic knowledge (scientia) about these carefully documented occurrences. Consider the rain God sent to flood the earth, for one example. Prior to this pivotal historical event, the grounds were reportedly watered only by springs (natural sprinklers). This explains why Noah was so persecuted when he predicted the flooding rain and built that tremendous ark to house his family and every kind of young (not adult) creature which would all become ancestors for the many variations to later replenish the world.
The story of Moses’ rod opening up the sea for the Israelites to escape their pursuers, is also often assumed a clever exaggeration. However, those who closely analyzed the probability of such an occurrence, have asserted that the area where the people crossed may have been at a certain very shallow section of the Red Sea that has been observed to nearly expose the floor when a particularly high wind blows through it. (Of course, the Creator can move the air as He chooses!).
The tale of Jonah the prophet is perhaps the most questioned bible story in regard to its authenticity. However, if the creature that swallowed Jonah was a sperm whale – common in the Mediterranean – then there is certainly reason to believe it. There have been other more recent accounts of men surviving such an event – having been housed in the large nasal cavity of such a whale before being expelled or given the opportunity to swim from its enormous exit.
Finally, in the new testament, we read of Jesus’ first documented miracle: changing water into wine. The setting is a wedding feast at Cana – and the stone jars had been completely emptied of this beverage. Sadly, even many seminaries teach that this beverage was indeed fermented. Yet, how is it that we see no translation into the English word ‘juice’? Surely, it was also consumed fresh from the grape vines. The bible does have several words in the original scripture languages which are translated into the English word ‘wine’. ‘Tirosh’ referred to that which was unfermented and ‘Yayin’ contained live yeast – a substance symbolic for sin and clearly disallowed for God’s people. The sinless Jesus would absolutely not have made more of the wedding wine if it were a fermented variety – knowing continued consumption would inevitably lead to lawlessness. The issue is the use of the word ‘drunkenness’ – which we often assume equates with inebriated. However, it could very well simply mean ‘filled with drink’, just as gluttony is defined as ‘filled with food’. We must think this through to grasp its truth. God wants us to remain sober and free of destructive microbes – therefore best able to resist the temptations so common in our world. This single misinterpretation in scripture has cost countless lives – even in this century alone. Proper potables are so very important for optimal mind and body health – second only to the Living Water of Jesus Christ!
Wise Quote: “Look not you upon the wine when it is red, when it gives its color in the cup, when it moves itself aright.” – King Solomon
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