In the scriptures, the flow of life from God is frequently represented by what is known as ‘living water’ flowing at and from the temple (ie., the presence of God). 'Living water' means water that is active; that is, flowing and ‘alive’ in contrast to that which is still or stagnant. If the temple site has no living water it fails to meet the requirements as an earthly symbol of the throne room and presence of God. There is no such ‘living water’ on Temple Mount, only cisterns, but there was (and still is, though now greatly reduced) a stream of living water at the City of David—the Gihon Spring—where Abraham and Jacob and David drank, and where Jacob said, ‘this is none other than Bayth-El, the house of God.’
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From Ian Heard