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The Blessing of Rain

In Genesis, the Spirit of God rested above the waters during the formation of the Earth, for millennia the Lord has provided the Israelites and his children with the blessing of rain for their prosperity, and through water, we are baptized into the Holy Spirit. It is no coincidence that water is often used literally and metaphorically throughout the Bible to describe our most vital spiritual resource and to communicate the dire need when there is a season of actual or spiritual drought. It is no surprise that many Believers in Israel have been praying for rain this winter, as Israel was projected to reach desperate drought levels should it endure another dry winter, as it has since 2016. Thankfully this winter has been one of abundance!

For the first time in 3 years, the water levels in the Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinneret, have surpassed the ‘red line’, and water levels have risen over 2 meters since the beginning of this year’s rainy season. Other reports show that this month has been the rainiest April in Israel in over 20 years! These numbers sound encouraging to anyone whose country often faces drought, as they know how vital rainfall is to crop cultivation, daily usage, and the overall health of a nation’s citizens and wildlife. However, for Israel, this is an even more vital necessity.

Because Israel has historically not been able to rely on its neighbor-countries for either technology-sharing, import or export trade, this small country has had to work industrial wonders to becomes self-sufficient in desalination and processing their own limited fresh water. Israel leads the world in water recycling, as it treats and reuses almost 90 percent of its wastewater, which is mostly pumped into agricultural irrigation. However, there is still a large reliance on rain catchment and natural freshwater sources. The largest freshwater source is, of course, the Sea of Galilee, and it is the beating heart, which fuels Israel’s underground aquifers. The major increase in rainfall in the North of the country was seen by many as a God-send, after numerous years of carefully regulated consumption for agriculture and personal usage. People across the country have celebrated this blessing of rain, and it has raised the question of how to be an even more resource-conservative nation in the future.

In this season, as the end of the Passover celebration comes to a close this weekend. Jews across the world remember God’s faithfulness to bring them out of slavery in Egypt, and must, therefore, remember Moses proclamation for what they would find when they reached the Land of Israel. Moses declared that the Israelites would not be delivered to a land like the land of Egypt, which they irrigated by hand and foot, “But the land, where you go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinks water of the rain of heaven […]” (Deuteronomy 11:11). Therefore, the symbolism of rain in Israel can never be divorced from its divine roots. It is with this promise that every rainy season that touches Israel is viewed as a covenant between the Jewish people and their faithful Creator. With this promise, please help us pray for a continued blessing though to the end of this rainy season in Israel, and continued prosperity for Israeli technological and agricultural development in the future!

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