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Bible Study: What Does “Living Water” Mean in the Bible?

It’s raining in my small part of the world right now. I love the rain because it makes me feel peaceful, but today it also has me wondering–just how important is water?

We have decent access to water in most places these days, but in the time the Bible talks about, fresh drinking water wasn’t so easy to come by. Think about some of the charities that work so hard to bring clean water to places where it isn’t available like charity: water or Water Wells for Africa, and you get a better idea of what it might’ve been like for the people in the Bible.

Much of the Bible takes place in desert nations where water is a precious resource. Cities and towns were built up around water wells. You couldn’t just turn on the kitchen faucet and pour a glass of water. For women, part of their daily work was to draw water from the well. We aren’t talking about a little bit of water for a drink–we’re talking about all the water your family, including animals, was going to need to get through the day.

Our planet isn’t the only thing in need of water to survive. Our own bodies are more than 60% water and our blood is 92% water, not to mention our brains, muscles and bones, all of which are partly made up of water. A common statement of comparison is that a human being can survive for about a month without food, but we could only survive about a week without water.

The Bible calls Jesus “living water.” I love this description because to me, it’s so clear that without Jesus, we can’t survive. Sure, we might do all right without Jesus for a while, but without water, all that is waiting for us is death.

In the story of Jesus and the woman at the well (John 4:7-42), Jesus tells the woman that everyone who drinks the well water will be thirsty again. Then Jesus tells her that anyone who drinks the water that He offers will never thirst again, but in fact, that water will become like a well springing up inside them.

As living water, Jesus provides us with life both now and in eternity. Jesus offers a full life without thirst as we spend time with Him. Though God has created our physical bodies to require fresh water to survive, the survival of our lives requires Jesus Christ, the giver of living water.

What do you think, girls? What image does “living water” conjure up for you?

Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life’ (John 4:13-14).

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  1. Luigi

    Posted by Luigi on April 29, 2017 at 08:57

    John 7:37 And in the last day of the great feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.

    John 7:38 He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

    John 7:39 (But He spoke this about the Spirit, which they who believed on Him should receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

    So it is evident that Jesus spoke of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is also in agreement with John the baptist testimony concerning Christ found in:

    Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

    So on the day of Pentecost 120 people received this promise of living waters (Holy Spirit) when the Spirit came down upon all of them and they began to speak in tongues as the Holy Spirit gave the utterance.

    And so it is the same through out the book of Acts when Peter open the door of salvation first to the Jews then to the Gentiles when he went to Cornelius’s house and spoke the gospel message to them – and when they were yet listening to Peter, the Holy Ghost came down and they all received the baptism of the Holy Ghost just like the Jews did on the day of Pentecost.

    Acts 10:45-47 45 All the circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.

    46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and exalting God. Then Peter said,

    47 “Can anyone withhold the water to baptize these people? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have!”

    Anyone who ever received this living water, received it the same way and so it is today.

    Nice place, hope this helps someone.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by on March 12, 2013 at 19:14

    Thank you for sharing, its very encouraging. 🙂

  3. god_girl_15

    Posted by god_girl_15 on February 10, 2013 at 14:28

    I agree! Without Jesus you can’t survive.

  4. amckay

    Posted by amckay on February 7, 2013 at 20:43

    Living water is the word of God.:D

  5. CoutureRebel73

    Posted by CoutureRebel73 on February 7, 2013 at 14:04

    I read this when I did quiet time. 🙂

    • Posted by JennArman on February 8, 2013 at 19:59

      CoutureRebel73, that’s great! I hope it helped make your quiet time even more special 🙂