Water is all around us and within us. Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is water. Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water. For most of us, water is available with the turn of a tap or the push of a button. We have water in taps, tubs, pools, shower stalls, sprinklers, irrigation systems, car washes, washing machines, rivers, streams, lakes, oceans, and birdbaths. We have water to drink, wash in, play in, nurture animals and plants with, transport cargo on, and admire for its beauty. In the United States, the average person uses 80 to 100 gallons of water per day.

Water is all around and within the Bible, too. From the watery chaos before the Creation, through the

Flood and the Exodus, to Jesus’ own baptism at the Jordan, these particular biblical water stories have long been understood to be “types,” or foreshadowings, of baptism.

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