In the Bible, water, which is the word mayim in Hebrew, represents Torah (also known as the Pentateuch), the written Word. It can also be considered that water can symbolically represent the written Word, known as the Logos by Christians throughout the whole Bible.
|Thus when the tribes of Israel cross over the Red Sea into the Sinai desert, the story also indicates that the Word parted, creating a safe path, which next floods in and engulfs and drowns the non-believing Egyptians who pursued the newly freed slaves.This is a extremely significant metaphor as Moses is credited with writing the first five books of the Bible.||
The Dock Less Traveled
By Judy Rey Wasserman
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So while the Bible begins with the story of Genesis, the written Word in fact begin in the Sinai desert after Moses and the Hebrew people cross the Red Sea .
For Christians, when Jesus walks upon the water reaching the boat carrying his disciples, the visual metaphor show that Jesus is standing on the written Word. As learned Jews every disciple, and many of the followers knew that.
Whenever I paint water, I always and only use the letters of the texts from the first five books of the Bible for the strokes.
In the Dock Less Traveled, the water, as well as the dock and sky are all painted with strokes that are the Torah font letters of Genesis 1-2:7.
In Southampton , NY , where I live, we have many private docks, built over the ocean, bays and lakes. Some of the docks are long, some are shorter. There is no standard dock; each is unique. The poetic imagery of this that each of us has a unique personal walk with The Divine over the Word.
We can walk as far as the end of the dock, or use the dock to gain access to a boat that can take us far out into the waters, or we can jump off the dock and swim in the water.
When you look at the image of the Dock Less Traveled imagine yourself at the moment of stepping onto the dock. You are surrounded by the word. Everywhere you look or step is created by the Word and embodies it.