Would you even dare read a post with such a bizarre title? I hope to be brief so as to keep your attention. I think that the theological implications of water are amazing. The word “water” as it appears in Scripture or other ancient literature is absolutely loaded with theological and sociological meaning. Neither you or I have the time for me to be comprehensive about it. I will be brief, however, if you have questions or comments about my conclusions, be free to ask. The goal of this post is to introduce the concept, or to remind those who have forgotten, that everything in Scripture has meaning, every verse has significance, and the reality of this is what builds faith. Deep thinking about the Word of God does not chase away spiritual zeal, it fuels it. A missional heart comes from hearing biblical theology.
Water = Death. The Flood:
The Flood: The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. 7 So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD . . .13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth” (Genesis 6).
Skipping through the “water” bit in the narrative and picking it up again at the end of the story, we find this bit:
20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. 22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (Genesis 8).
Conclusion: God uses water to destroy His creation, but He also saves people regardless of their evil heart. In the second destruction of the creation, Christ will be the Ark that rises His people above the tempest. God initiates His covenant with the people of His choosing. God honors his covenant with man (Gen. 17). There is a distinction between those on the inside of the Ark and those on the outside, and it’s not because the people inside are good. Redeption –> Baptism –> Atlar. Did you catch it?
Water = Life. The Water of Baptism:
If you want to read a post about the mode, method, or the mean age of persons participating in baptism go here. For the rest of us, let’s move on to more significant matters.
Moses leads the people of Israel through the waters of baptism in Exodus.
Conclusion: For as many as call on the name Yahweh, Christ is our Moses. He leads us into the water, a symbol of death. For those who are not found “in Him,” they remain under the water. They remain dead. For His people, they are lead from danger into safety. God makes a distinction between those who are His and those who are not (Exodus 8:23, 9:4, 11:7, Mal. 11:7, Lev. 20:24); however, everyone who entered the water had an evil heart and deserved to remain there. Redemption from Egypt –> Baptism –> Worship. Did you catch it again?
Col. 1:21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation. Go here for part II.