The Living Water

In the Holy Land during Biblical times there was evidently a dearth of water. Much of the land was generally dry, and water was at a premium. Hence the many references in the Bible to thirst and to the quenching of that thirst. To speak of one's soul as a dry and thirsty land was a graphic illustration of the barrenness of human existence lived apart from the divine resources. And on the other hand, the Bible speaks of the spiritual sense of being as "like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not." Isa. 58:11;

Christ Jesus spoke of the truth that he taught as living water. He was talking to the woman at the well in Samaria, and he was uncovering the unsatisfying nature of life based upon the evidence of the material senses. He said, "Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:13,14; The woman answered him, "Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw."

Whether or not the woman understood the full import of Jesus' words may be open to question, but we can see his meaning from the whole context of the situation. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul. Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal man." Science and Health, pp. 60,61;

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November 4, 1967

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