The two waters
THE PROMISED LAND has two seas,” said the teacher “one is called kinneret, or the sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee receives its water from its northern end from the inflow of the Jordan River. On its other end is its outflow. There it becomes again the Jordan River flowing southward.”
"And the other sea?”
“The other is called the Sea of Salt, or the
Sea of Death.”
“The Dead Sea”
“Yes,” he said “It’s called the Death Sea
because virtually nothing can live there.
There’s no fish and no vegetation. Its salt
and minerals prevent life from growing.”
"And where does the Death Sea get its
water from?” I asked.
“From the Jordan River and the Sea of
“So it’s the same water.”
"Yes.” He said.
"The difference is that the Dead Sea has one opening to the north where it receives water from the Jordan. Life But it ahs no outlet. The water only pours in …and becomes dead. But the water of Galilee is alive, freshwater filled with fish. And yet the very same water flows between the two. So how can the same water produce life in one and place death in the other?”
“Because of the outlets.” I answered.
“That’s right.” Said the teacher. “But why?”
“I don’t know, I was only guessing.”
"The Sea of Galilee is always giving what it receives. It’s always flowing. But the Dead Sea only receives and never gives. So the life that gives of what it receives, the life that always blesses others, that life is the Sea of Galilee. Its waters are always fresh. It’s always filled with life.
But the life that only takes and doesn’t give, that life become death, barren… and all with the same waters. You see,” said the teacher “it’s not what you have in this life, how much or how little, that, in the end, will matter. It’s what you do with what you have. If you only take, the waters become dead and your life becomes the Dead Sea. But if you give, then the waters become alive and your life becomes …the Sea of Galilee.”
The Mission: Live this day after the pattern of the Sea of Galilee, always receiving and always giving. Live to be a blessing in the following of His love.
Proverb 11:24; Matthew 10:8; Luke 6:38; 2 Corithians 9:6 – 11.
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The book of mysteries (Jonathan Chan, 2016, 73).