8 Mar 2009

Aguanomics in the Bible

I think of two verses from the Bible when I think of water management.*

In the first (Revelations 3:20), Jesus promises heaven to those "open" to his message:
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Although economists do not claim divinity, they share one characteristic with Jesus -- the desire to help those willing to accept it.

The second (from II Kings 20:1) reflects the importance of good management:
In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
I interpret this to mean that one must get one's house in order before asking for others' money or water.

Do you have any verses from the Bible (or other religions) to share?

Bottom Line: Water managers can get to heaven, but they must be open enough to consider ideas from outside and disciplined enough to make changes to themselves before asking for changes of others.

* I am an agnostic.


  1. I liked the part about Jesus turning water into wine (John 2).

    I interpret that to mean that drinking alcohol is the solution to any and all issues and concerns about water.

  2. And this piece of hatemail to Bobby Henderson, enlightened revealer of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster:

    "...you have chosen to BELIEVE , that the whole enschelada resulted when water hit some rock in outer space and happened to be hit by lightening …..the result was a chain reaction which brought the present mess of drugs , sex and violence to be an everyday happening . "

    Water is responsible for drugs, sex, and violence! Ties your old blog and this one together nicely, doesn't it?


  3. Water pollution makes an early appearance in Exodus 17:21:

    17 Thus says the LORD, "By this you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, I will strike the water that is in the Nile with the rod that is in my hand, and it shall be turned to blood,
    18 and the fish in the Nile shall die, and the Nile shall become foul, and the Egyptians will loathe to drink water from the Nile."'"
    19 And the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, `Take your rod and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, their canals, and their ponds, and all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.'"
    20 Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded; in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, he lifted up the rod and struck the water that was in the Nile, and all the water that was in the Nile turned to blood.
    21 And the fish in the Nile died; and the Nile became foul, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.

    The Holy land is a lot like California in more ways than one. There are a lot more people than there is well watered land. 2 Chronicles 32:2-4 describes an ancient irrigation work. Several tunnels visible in Jerusalem today date from the Bronze Age, and one may well have been planned and executed by Hezekiah.

  4. Dave: The Pennsylvania WT Society pub Aid to Bible Understanding has a dictionary like summary of every Bible reference to words including water, rivers, etc. If I find an online edition, I'll fwd.
    Pete A.

  5. How about this one...
    Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.
    (Matthew 22:15-22, also Mark 12:13-17 and Luke 20:20-26)

    Meaning, yes you have a human right to water but nevertheless, YOUR TAXES ARE HEADED UP!

  6. Several more:

    Ezekiel 47:9 It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.

    Isaiah 12:3 Therefore you will joyously draw water From the springs of salvation.

    Isaiah 55:1 "Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost.

    John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."

    John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.

    John 7:38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'"


  8. Mort Sahl once defined his religion as follows:

    He said he tried be a Protestant, but he didn't get very many holidays.

    He said he tried being Jewish, and he got a lot of holidays.

    But he said when he tried being an atheist it was awful because he didn't get any holidays.

    However, he said the worst was being an agnostic because then he didn't know which holidays he got.


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