Are you a wellspring or a ‘Mikvah’?
Allow me to ask you a question: Are you a wellspring (a fountain) or a ‘mikvah’ (a cistern)?
Leviticus 11:36 tells us: “Nevertheless a wellspring or a cistern, in which there is plenty of water, shall be clean”. However this is not a perfect translation.
The Hebrew word for ‘clean’ is ‘lenakot’, but the Hebrew word used here for “clean” is “tahor” which actually means “pure”.
So Leviticus 11:36 should read: “Nevertheless a wellspring or a cistern, in which there is plenty of water, shall be pure”.
Rabbinical teaching tells us that a wellspring purifies regardless of the amount of the water it contains, whether the water flows or is stationary. A ‘mikvah’ purifies only when stationary, and it must contain approximately 87.5 gallons (331.2235 litres) of water.
You may ask what the relevance of this is.
Rabbinical teaching says that when a person endeavours to venture forth on his own, relying on his own intellect and feelings to guide him in the proper path, he should be well equipped for the task for he is then a ‘mikvah’; a pool of water no longer in direct contact with its Source.
Furthermore he is “stationary”, contained and delimited by walls outside of himself. For without such objective control, He is susceptible to all sorts of distortions and corruptions.
A ‘mikvah’ that lacks these criteria not only fails to purify, but is also itself vulnerable to contamination.
On the other hand, one who is a “wellspring” disavowing all pretensions of a “separate identity” from his Source, has no such limitations.
His intellect may not be the deepest, his talents quite unspectacular, but the little he has can effectively take on the most challenging of tasks.
Nor does he require any confining walls or “closed communities” to safeguard his integrity.
Wherever he goes and flows, he has a positive effect on his environment and he is never negatively influenced by its imperfections.
For no matter how scant his resources and no matter where he ventures forth, he maintains an unbroken attachment to his Source. Such a person lives “holy and without blame” before his Source.
G-d’s desire for all people, Jews and Gentiles, is to live lives “holy and without blame” before Him. And this can only happen through the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua.
In 1 Peter 1:15-16, we read: “…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.””
Born-again Believers in Yeshua are under grace and not under the law. However, our appreciation of the undeserved grace of G-d should cause us to endeavor to live holy, righteous and blameless lives before Him. Wilfully sinning – from adultery to lying to unforgiveness to pride is totally unacceptable.
So, are you a ‘mikvah’ or a wellspring? Are you connected to your Source, or are you disconnected from your Source.
And the Source that I am talking about is the only True G-d, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The G-d of Israel and of mankind, known as ‘Adonai Elohim’ (L-rd G-d.)
G-d’s desire is for all people, Jews and Gentiles, to be plugged into Him. However, this can only truly happen through Yeshua who is the L-rd and Saviour of all mankind.
Yeshua sacrificed His life for mankind so that mankind could receive the forgiveness of sin, and have the guarantee of eternal life in heaven.
Only by accepting Yeshua and G-d’s gift of salvation can your sins be forgiven you and eternal life in heaven be granted to you.
And only through Him, will you truly be plugged into the Source who declares of Himself in Exodus 34:6-7: “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…”
Get plugged into your Heavenly Father through His Son, the Jewish Messiah and Saviour of the world, Yeshua. Then you will be a wellspring, shining your light before men by sharing the good news of salvation and the forgiveness of sin with those in your sphere of influence, both Jews and Gentiles.