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What is a Mikvah ?

A Mikvah is a ritual purification, it is Jewish tradition.


Leviticus 15-6 And he that sitteth on anything whereon he sat that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 

Leviticus 11-36 Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcass shall be unclean.

You also need to be made pure after menstruation, after having a baby, after touching a sick person, after touching a dead body. Most men use the Mikvah every Friday afternoon. There are many many reasons to purify yourself. If you are unclean, you cannot go to the tabernacle and worship. You must purify yourself first. 

If there is a drought, you cannot worship! Wow!

Umm so we are dirty and we need to be made clean. 

Let’s just talk about this water.

Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 

While the earth was without form and void before creation, the spirit of God moved on the face of the water?

Water existed before the rest of the world was created. In the beginning there was God and there was water. I know, I know.  John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. So He made the water first. Just stay with me here. 

Genesis 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 

Genesis 1:7 And God made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

Now we have under water and above water.

Genesis 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 

Then He takes the underwater and gathered it together.

Genesis 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering (mikvah) together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 

God is rearranging the water because He is making space for something else. Two different things can’t be in the same place at the same time. So, God had to make space for the air and dry land. So God causes the water to recede. That contracted body of water is called a mikvah. 

So, when you enter a mikvah you are leaving man’s world and entering God’s world. You will find God there. A mikvah needs to be filled with under water (groundwater) or above water (rainwater). No tap waters. However, it is not the the water that purifies you. This water is just a symbol, it is the means. It is because this is where you encounter God.

However the ocean and rivers are Kosher! 

Why is this water so important? It is much like amniotic fluid. This water must be perfect to support new life.  Psamls 91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of El-Elyon shall abide under the shadow of El-Shaddi. 

During Jesus time there were many stepped pools, used for purification. Archaeology has discovered them all over Jerusalem and Quamran. Archaeology has also found many chalk vessels near the  immersion pools. 

Nowadays there are mikvahs in the basement of big synagogues. You cannot use a bucket to fill it. Because man cannot tamper with the water.


Psalm 29:3

The voice of the LORD = Yahweh

Is upon the waters: the God = 410 – 352 – 193 = Almighty God = El Shaddai 

of glory = heavy riches

thundereth: the LORD = Yahweh

is upon many waters.


That says,


The voice of Yahweh is upon the waters: El Shaddai of heavy riches thundereth: Yahweh is upon many waters.

That is waters plural. So I can baptize you in the swimming pool!


When the warm waters of the mikvah envelop you the stress, self-consciousness, sadness all melt away. Mikvah is silent, sensory, dream-like. This is a soul cleansing.

We did it. My friends came to my house and we went down to the pool. We pushed one of my friends in a wheelchair. When she got there she said, “help me up! Help me into the water.” We were surprised because we thought she would just watch. But she wanted this God experience. Another lady had on a long dress and she didn’t want to get in the pool. But she said,” Can you just pour the water on my head? “We did. You see God will meet you where you are. God will come to your level. And God was there. It was a very beautiful experience. 

Forever in His Love

Diane Ebaugh Sutton  

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