SPECIAL TOPIC: WATERS

There are many different allusions to YHWH's use of water.

1. victory over chaotic water (cf. Gen. 1:2)

2. separation (creation of water not specifically mentioned) of the waters in Genesis

a. above and below (Gen. 1:6-7)

b. salt from fresh (Gen. 1:9-10)

3. water as judgment

a. the Flood (i.e., Genesis 6-9)

b. blood (i.e., Exod. 7:17-20)

c. hail (i.e., Exod. 9:18,23)

d. no rain (in Deut. 11:17; 28:20-26; 1 Kgs. 8:35; 17:1; Jeremiah 14)

e. for women (Numbers 5)

4. water as covenant blessing (i.e., Deut. 11:14-15; 28:12)

5. water as a symbol of cleansing

a. priests (i.e., Exod. 29:4; 30:18-21; Num. 19:7

b. worshipers (i.e., Num. 19:8)

c. baptism (Eph. 5:26; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet. 3:21)

6. the splitting of the Red Sea (i.e., Exodus 14-15)

7. special provision of water (i.e., the Exodus, Exodus 17; Numbers 20)

8. the conquest of Canaan, the splitting of the Jordan (i.e., Joshua 3)

9. the splitting of the Jordan by Elijah (i.e., 2 Kgs. 2:7-9) and by Elisha (i.e., 2 Kgs. 2:13-14)


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