Cistern

I’m so excited! We are getting away for a “Weekend to Remember” Marriage Retreat! You get married “For better or worse;” you decide to work to make your marriage better, or it will get worse! I’m sure they will use verses from the Bible in their materials. I thought of Proverbs 5:15 when I read today’s verse.

Leviticus 11:36, “However, if the carcass of such an animal falls into a spring or a cistern, the water will still be clean. But anyone who touches the carcass will be defiled.” New Living Translation

I understood why water from a spring would be clean. The spring is constantly providing fresh water and the old water overflows the pool and drains away. The contaminants are eventually flushed out. But I was unsure about ancient cisterns.

Cistern – a tank for storing water, especially one supplying taps.

Cistern. . . a receptacle for water conveyed to it. . . .a place where water rises on the spot [is] a fountain. The scarcity of springs in Palestine made it necessary to collect rain-water in reservoirs and cisterns. biblestudytools.com/dictionary/cistern

Proverbs 5:15, “Drink water from your own well [cistern]. Share your love only with your wife.” New Living Translation

Many ancient cisterns were on the roof of the house, collecting rain-water, and were always available. They would climb the external stairs to the roof and open the tap to get the water they wanted.

A wife collects your love: compliments, non-sexual touches, gifts, “that look,” sweet nothings, etc. and stores them in her heart, much like a cistern. A husband can tap into it and the love is always there.

Have you showered any love on your wife today?

Dear Father God,

Hidden throughout the Bible are the secrets to a happy marriage. Marriage is important to You. Thank You for giving us guidelines to a healthy, happy marriage. Show me this weekend the things I need to learn. 

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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