|Masada a Herodian fortress, dating from 31 BC|
Over 2000 years ago when Masada was one of the luxurious palaces of Herod, lack of water was a bit of a problem, brilliantly overcome by the engineers of the time.It was stored in vast cisterns , and ingeniously collected in the time of rains , enough for ritual baths, swimming pools and all the drinking and utility water.
The stored water then , in Israel, was a necessity for the dry seasons, sometimes going on for years and giving famine. (Moses,Elijah, Elisha, Joseph, Ruth and Naomi etc the stories of drought are all there in the Bible).
When it rained the fresh water was welcomed and praised as LIVING WATER. It was no wonder that Jesus kept referring to water all through his ministry. We do not have the lack of it so it wasn't until I visited a HOT and arid place that I got the meaning for my self.
Living Water is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit. In Jerusalem when Christ returns there will be a river flowing through the place of the Temple.In NT times the joyous feast of Tabernacles, the pouring out of water by the priests was the happy highlight. No wonder Jesus caused a few heads to turn when he said
'If anyone thirsts let him come to me'
on the very day of the ceremony.
So as I think about water today, I also think of how the bible passages make so much more sense to those who know what it is to consider it such a precious and life giving commodity. Lest we take it for granted , today is a day to think about those for whom the daily supply of clean water is the single most important NEED .
I have been looking at the facts on the Water Aid website.
And for my grandchildren Have some fun Here. Yorkshire Water's own website is here.