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Mayim Chayim - Living Water

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Drink of the Living Water

Proverbs 14:27

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death (Proverbs 14:27 KJV).

On a physical level, water is necessary for life, and in the ancient Middle East, a spring of water (mayim chaiyim) provided a source of life and vigor to the people. Places that had water were highly valued and sought after. Entire cities were often settled on account of the presence of a steady water supply.  Water was often carried off to be stored in receptacles or "cisterns" for use in everyday life.

Rivers of water

On a spiritual level, water represents that which nourishes our hearts. In Jeremiah 2:13 it is written, "For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water."  How often have we sought for "water" from sources other than God?  How often have we "hewed out our own cisterns," only to find them to be broken, leaking, and ultimately unsatisfying?  How often do we find ourselves thirsting for that which will truly nourish our hearts?

Jesus spoke of "living water" that He would give to those who ask Him. This water, He said, would truly satisfy the thirsty heart and provide everlasting nourishment for life (John 4:14). He explained that this living water would spring forth inside the heart as a result of trusting in Him (John 7:38). And today Jesus says, "To all who are thirsty I will give the springs of the water of life freely" (see Rev. 21:6 and Isaiah 55:1).

Jesus satisfies the craving of the heart for life by graciously imparting His spirit to us. This nourishment enables us to be free from the deceptive snare that entices us to place hope in things that do not really give us life.

May you ask Jesus for His living water today....


Jewish literacy note

For Orthodox Jews, an ingredient considered needful in the process of regaining purity is immersion in a mikvah, a pool of mayim chayim, "living (non-stagnant) waters." In the absence of a mikvah, the ocean, or a river or a flowing lake can serve for this purpose.


The word "mikvah" is based on the root "hope," suggesting the connection between ritual purity and hope.... The mikvah is used as an element of "teshuvah" or repentance before the LORD. According to some scholars, the building of the mikvah was so important in ancient times that it was said to take precedence over the construction of a synagogue!

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