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Moses striking the Rock
In the esoteric tradition water is frequently a symbol of transition. In order to achieve a higher level of consciousness one must first have an inkling that such an order of development may be possible. Before one is prepared to enter a new life one goes through a process of discarding the remnants of the old life. One must bring his empty bucket to the well in the hope that there will be water and that there will be a way to access it.
Jerusalem, Plate 60, (E 210) "I gave thee liberty and life O lovely Jerusalem And thou hast bound me down upon the Stems of Vegetation I gave thee Sheep-walks upon the Spanish Mountains Jerusalem I gave thee Priams City and the Isles of Grecia lovely! I gave thee Hand & Scofield & the Counties of Albion: They spread forth like a lovely root into the Garden of God: They were as Adam before me: united into One Man, They stood in innocence & their skiey tent reachd over Asia To Nimrods Tower to Ham & Canaan walking with Mizraim Upon the Egyptian Nile, with solemn songs to Grecia And sweet Hesperia even to Great Chaldea & Tesshina Following thee as a Shepherd by the Four Rivers of Eden Why wilt thou rend thyself apart, Jerusalem? And build this Babylon & sacrifice in secret Groves, Among the Gods of Asia: among the fountains of pitch & nitre Therefore thy Mountains are become barren Jerusalem! Thy Valleys, Plains of burning sand. thy Rivers: waters of death Thy Villages die of the Famine and thy Cities Beg bread from house to house, lovely Jerusalem Why wilt thou deface thy beauty & the beauty of thy little-ones To please thy Idols, in the pretended chastities of Uncircumcision Thy Sons are lovelier than Egypt or Assyria; wherefore Dost thou blacken their beauty by a Secluded place of rest. And a peculiar Tabernacle, to cut the integuments of beauty Into veils of tears and sorrows O lovely Jerusalem! They have perswaded thee to this, therefore their end shall come And I will lead thee thro the Wilderness in shadow of my cloud And in my love I will lead thee, lovely Shadow of Sleeping Albion. This is the Song of the Lamb, sung by Slaves in evening time."
 Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.
 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.
 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?
 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.
 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.
 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.
 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.
 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?
 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.