Indeed, the term “river” could serve as a reminder of God’s presence and blessing. 6:3-4). Such will produce a life that is both wise and holy, and also characteristic of that true success that lies ultimately in a life centered on and committed to God: “The fear of the LORD is like a life-giving fountain” (Prov. 13:14). Further, spiritual productivity makes the believer to be “like a tree planted by flowing streams; it yields its fruit at the proper time, and its leaves never fall off” (Ps. Water, how common! Positive imagery is usually associated with pools and fountains. 2:13; cf. Covering about 70% of its surface, water is at once earth’s most abundant natural resource and a basic necessity for human life. Jer 23:10). Characters), The Net Pastor’s Journal, Eng Ed, Issue 37, Fall 2020. Talbot Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
G. Johannes Botterweck, Helmer Ringgren, and Heinz-Josef Fabry (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 8:265-88. For an example of an archetype in the Bible, see Richard D. Patterson, “The Old Testament Use of an Archetype: The Trickster,” Journal of theEvangelical Theological Society 42 (1999): 385-94. Men long for a taste of the water of their native village (1 Chronicles 11:17). Indeed, water can symbolize the salvation that brings new life: Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word (Eph. 2:13). As such the presentation of the archetype of water often provides a key to a fuller, more vital, and more spiritually satisfying Christian life. The rain also stands as a sign of God’s covenant blessings in the future for an Israel that will be regathered and restored to its land. 5:24; Acts 14:17). Deut. 31:9). Isaiah’s prophecy ultimately looks on to God’s future dealings with His covenant people. Prov. 1. 33:33). 44:3). In literature, a “stream of consciousness” refers to the recalling of the thoughts or perceptions of a particular character. Not to be forgotten, also, is the need to remember that there are many that are spiritually thirsty and stand in the need of the life-giving water of salvation. The beneficial and favorable aspects of dew (as well as other forms of water) are prominent in Moses’ declaration concerning the value of his instructions (Deut. 48:18). This supplies the springs and fountains. 19-22). 41 Mark D. Futato. So it is that dew figures prominently in the patriarchal blessings as a symbol of the bestowal of God’s goodness, which will bring prosperity. It is God who set the water in place in the original creation and supervises its placement and boundaries (Gen. 1:9-10; Ps. Israel had too often held a particular fascination with the Canaanite storm god Baal, which led to their undoing (cf. 32:2). 49:9-10). 31:21). 15 David E. Aune, Revelation 17-22, Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. The point of this proverb is that “wisdom is a continuous source of refreshing and beneficial ideas” (NET text note). Hagar was not blind, but God opened her eyes and … 28:12; Isa. Man’s common experience with water in its various sources often appears in idiomatic expressions. prophet Amos delivered God’s message of warning and instructions to Israel concerning their disobedience saying, “’I withheld rain from you three months before the harvest. The imagery associated with water is likewise present in the Scriptures, particularly so in the Old Testament. 23:2) or even life that has been renewed: “At that time … joyfully you will draw water from the springs of deliverance” (Isa. 2:13). As a result, Ephraim’s “spring will dry up; his well will become dry,” and the precious commodities of Ephraim would be carried off or plundered and the landscape devastated (Hos. “Springs also demonstrated God’s power. Salem Media Group. In a similar vein, the later prophet Jeremiah delivers an oracle of judgment against the Babylonian invaders of Judah: “Therefore the LORD says, ‘I will stand up for your cause. There may be other spiritual types for water that I haven't considered, but the above are the ones that spring to mind. Thus the metaphor seems to compare the moist milky-white doves with the glistening yet steady character of the man’s loving eyes.”27, Brooks or streams can also bear a negative sense. Unlike Egypt and Mesopotamia, where agriculture was based on irrigation from rivers filled by rain that fell miles away, the Promised Land was ‘a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. [Jerusalem will be a] city in which every need of every sort is supplied, also a ‘world city’ in which every nation is represented.”22 For God will “extend to her prosperity that will flow like a river, the riches of nations will flow into her like a stream that floods its banks” (Isa. To be sure Hodge goes on to explain the benefits of Christian baptism in accordance with his covenant theology. 28:3). Rain, therefore, becomes a symbol of the fact that some things must be accepted as normal, and to be expected and prepared for by people. With rain showers you soften its soil, and make its crops grow” (Ps. Tremper Longman III and David E. Garland, rev. During their wilderness trek the Israelites came to “Jotbathah, a place of flowing streams” (Deut. 13:15). of
Like the dew, snow (as well as frost) though much more rare in Israel, was under God’s control (Job 38:22). Subsequently, both Israel’s idolaters and idols were soon to disappear ‘like early morning dew’ (13:3).”53 In Hosea 14:5, however, the dew symbolizes the only true source of life and strength for Israel—God Himself. How utterly basic! Some have taken the phrase, "being born of water, " to mean being born again by means of water baptism. 59:18-20). Wooden Water Jug: An ancient wooden water jug. He will have a concern for justice and righteousness (Prov. It was God who exercised control over the Flood when “all the fountains of the great deep burst open and the floodgates of the heavens were opened” (Gen. 7:11).