Jesus, the Source of "Living Water"

Jesus Christ's offer of the "Living Water" (the Holy Spirit) to the Samaritan woman at the well in the Gospel of John has very significant corresponding details in the story of three men who brought water from the well of Bethlehem to David, and a corresponding "sign" (miracle).


For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring... Isaiah 44:3

Jesus offers the "Living Water" to the Samaritan woman at the well:

Samaritan woman at wellJesus answered and said unto her, 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

Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that he can give her "living water." He also tells her that God is a spirit and that those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. He tells her this because the "living water" is the Holy Spirit. This is clear from the passage below. John 4:21-24

Jesus offers the "Living Water" to all at the Feast of Tabernacles:

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:2,37-39

O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters. Jeremiah 17:13

Corresponding details in the life of David and his "mighty men":

DavidIn the Old Testament, in the book of I Chronicles, there is an account of the exploits of King David's "mighty men," including a story about water too precious to drink.

Now three of the thirty captains went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the host of the Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim. And David was then in the hold, and the Philistines' garrison was then at Bethlehem.

And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate! And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD. And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest. I Chronicles 11:15-19

David's waterDavid had a need for water. There was water in the well at Bethlehem, but David couldn't get to the well because enemy troops were there. The only way to get the water was for someone to risk his life by going into enemy territory to get it.

Three of David's men loved him so much that they decided to risk their lives to get to the well to get some water for him.

When David received the water, he realized that it represented the very lives of the men who had obtained it for him. Because of this, he considered the water to be too precious to drink. Therefore, instead of drinking it, he poured it out as an offering to God.

living waterWe have a need for the "living water" (the Holy Spirit). Jesus was born in Bethlehem, site of the well from which David's mighty men obtained the water too precious to drink, and is the source of the "living water." (Note that the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus "like a dove" when he was baptized by  John the Baptist ).

Like David, we can't obtain the "living water" on our own; Jesus provides the "living water" for us. What David's men did for David, Jesus has done for us. We may receive the Holy Spirit as a free gift, but only because of the price that Jesus paid when he shed his blood on a cross. John 1:29, 7:37-39, Revelation 7:17, 21:6

Note: This story also appears in 2 Samuel 23:13-17.

And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. Ezekiel 47:9

Corresponding "sign" in the miraculous catch of 153 fish:

sunrise on lake Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. John 21:3-6

Jesus demonstrates that he is the source of "living water" in the miracle of the 153 fish. Ezekiel tells us that an abundance of fish is caused by fresh water flowing from the shore into the sea. When Jesus, the source of "living water," is standing on the shore, a great multitude of fish appears.

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Water that does not go away,
Water that springs up in the soul,
Cleansing, purifying, making whole.
Water forever to meet your need,
If you are willing for the Spirit to lead.
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His Holy Spirit to give us power,
Freely He gives, to all who ask,
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