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Step Out on the Water - Lesson 02

by Dr. Nina Gardner



Witness the Miracles

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Water Bears Witness

And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three agree in one (1 John 5:8).

Water is an element of earth that testifies of Jesus’ birth, life, and death.

Here are just a few examples:

  1. Water from Mary’s womb in birthing Jesus.
  2. Water of Jesus’ baptism with John the Baptist.
  3. Water out of Jesus during His crucifixion.

Things that Jesus didn’t do with water:

There were no recordings of Jesus ever:

  1. Parting the water
  2. Troubling the water – He spoke to it
  3. Swimming in the water
  4. Baptizing people in water

Things that Jesus did with water:

  1. He submitted to dipping in water when He could have walked on it.
  2. He transformed water into wine.
  3. He walked on water in turbulent storms.
  4. He used water to wash the disciples’ feet.

Jesus also:

  1. Cooked fish by the water.
  2. Taught beside the water.
  3. Calmed the water.
  4. Crossed over the water.

The water itself bore witness that Jesus was and is the Son of God by all things being notably under His command!

And by the Holy Spirit! This is He who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ, not by water only, but by the water and blood. And the Spirit is He who bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth (1 John 5:6).

Water Brings a Refreshing

And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not (Isaiah 58:11).

Water on the outside is refreshing and relaxing. It’s used for pleasure or duty through cleaning, cooking, bathing, or recreation.

Water on the inside is also refreshing. It cleans the body of toxins and transports oxygen to the cells.

Isaiah used this refreshing thought as a parable of abiding in the Lord that continually guides us.

(Isaiah 28:12) To whom He said, This is the rest; cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing. Yet they were not willing to hear.

Isaiah also notes how God will satisfy our souls in times of drought.

And Jehovah shall always guide you and satisfy your soul in dry places, and make your bones fat; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters fail not (Isaiah 58:11).

Metaphorically, God often sends His prophets to the dry places to reach people who need the water of God, but the prophets can get really dry.

Moses – First Plague affected the water: And also it will be, if they will not believe these two signs, neither listen to your voice, then you shall take from the water of the river and pour it upon the dry land. And the water which you take out of the river shall become blood on the dry land (Exodus 4:9).

Jeremiah – Yet they did not listen to Me, nor bow down their ear, but hardened their neck. They did worse than their fathers. So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you… (Jeremiah 26-27).

But those things which God before had shown by the mouth of all His prophets … Therefore repent and convert so that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:18-19).

Today we have the Holy Spirit, which operates with water, to bring a refreshing we can feel inwardly and outwardly.

  1. Holy Spirit descends on Jesus as he is baptized in water (John 1:33).
  2. Philip baptizes the eunuch and is caught away by the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:38-39)

Water is a Part of Miracles

God chose to bring many miracles of water through instructions to Moses:

Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink (Numbers 20:8).

Moses was to use a rod symbolizing the authority of God to command the water to come forth.

Moses was to gather the assembly to witness God’s authority.

Moses had to speak before their eyes for God to be glorified and their faith to be built in God.

This time Moses was instructed speak to rock – not to strike it as before so this new generation could know a loving and benevolent God.

But note that even though Moses failed, God’s promises still came to pass: the rock still yielded its water to refresh the people and animals.

God is always in the business of taking care of His sheep even when leaders fail.

God circumvented Moses’ lack of obedience and extended mercy and grace – even though they were still under the law.

Moses had other miracles around the water such as: being put in the Nile River as an infant, the first plague turned water into blood, and the Red Sea parting.

There were many recorded instances of water and miracles in the Bible:

  1. Israel crossing the divided waters at the Red Sea.
  2. Joshua crossing the Jordan River during flood stage.
  3. Jesus turning the water into wine.
  4. Winds and waves stood still at Jesus’ command.
  5. And much more

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