By The Jesus Bible
THE GIFT OF WATER
Joram was the king of Israel in Samaria, and though he did not worship the false god Baal like his father, Ahab, he was still an evil king. Joram went to war with Moab over lambs and wool, and to bolster his chances of military success he organized an alliance with Judah and Edom. Despite Joram’s reputation, Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, still joined the alliance without seeking God’s wisdom or consulting with the prophet Elisha. Only after the coalition wandered lost in the wilderness of Edom for seven days and almost died of thirst did they seek God’s help through the prophet. Elisha told them that God would miraculously provide. Overnight, without wind or rain, God filled the dry valley with water and brought confusion and ultimately defeat to the Moabites. This provision echoed an earlier incident in the wilderness at Horeb when God had miraculously rescued his people by causing water to flow where there was none (Ex 17:6).
Many years later, he provided life-sustaining water of an even better kind through his Son. Jesus offers living water to God’s people. In Christ, thirsty souls can be satisfied and sins can be cleansed (Jn 4:7 – 14). In him, a wellspring forever flows with life (Rev 22:1).
Jesus, thank you for miraculously providing, even when I’ve stubbornly gone my own way and gotten off track. Help me to stay on course, depending daily on your living water. Amen.
2 Kings 3:14-20
14 Elisha said, “As Yahweh of Armies lives, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I respect the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward you, nor see you. 15 But now bring me a musician.” When the musician played, Yahweh’s hand came on him. 16 He said, “Yahweh says, ‘Make this valley full of trenches.’ 17 For Yahweh says, ‘You will not see wind, neither will you see rain, yet that valley will be filled with water, and you will drink, both you and your livestock and your other animals. 18 This is an easy thing in Yahweh’s sight. He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand. 19 You shall strike every fortified city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all springs of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.’” 20 In the morning, about the time of offering the sacrifice, behold, water came by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. So where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father, Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, as did his children, and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
1 He showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb,
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