The hidden Bible code-- “Salvation” and “Mikveh” in Genesis 1:2-3?
From the very beginning, God always associated “water” and “Spirit” with creation:
“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. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
No wonder He associates that same “water and spirit” with our new creation!
While using the controversial hidden bible code is certainly not being advocated to prove doctrine, it is nonetheless quite interesting to find the Hebrew words, “salvation” and “mikveh” intersecting in the hidden Bible code in Genesis 1:2-3 where God mentions “water” and “Spirit”. Is God trying to tell us something about baptism?
What is “Mikvah”? (or mikveh)
Some might be surprised to learn that Christian baptism actually has its roots in Judaism. During Jesus’ time, as today, Gentiles who wish to convert to Judaism immerse themselves in a water bath called a mikveh.* This procedure is called tevillah.
“The baptismal water (Mikveh) in rabbinic literature was referred to as the womb of the world, and as a convert came out of the water it was considered a new birth separating him from the pagan world. As the convert came out of these waters his status was changed and he was referred to as “a little child just born” or “a child of one day” (Yeb. 22a; 48b; 97b). We see the New Testament using similar Jewish terms as “born anew,” “new creation,” and “born from above.”
Regarding the practice of baptizing proselytes, Lightfoot, in Horae Hebraicae explains:
“As soon as he grows whole of the wound of circumcision, they bring him to Baptism, and being placed in the water they again instruct him in some weightier and in some lighter commands of the Law. Which being heard, he plunges himself and comes up, and, behold, he is an Israelite in all things.”
“Mikvah” – (f., pl. “Mikvaot”); a ritual pool of water, used for the purpose of attaining ritual purity. Immersion in a Mikvah is performed for the following main purposes:
It is used in connection with Repentance, to remove the impurity of sin.
It is also used in connection with Conversion, because the convert has taken upon himself or herself to adopt the lifestyle of the Jew, that is based on the recognition of G-d as King of the Universe and on the obligation to perform the commandments of the Torah.
For additional insight:
Even today, Jewish people still practice “tevillah” which is what Christians would call baptism. This is the same type of full water immersion in a “aptistery”—which Jewish people call a “mikvah”. It is a “baptism” where Christ is actually rejected or denied. Yes, Jewish people still practice this (and have been since at least Christ’s time). It was around back then and is the background context in which the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus took place. The ancient application of Mikvah is and was practiced for several different reasons, one of which is for conversion to Judaism. Click here and the global directory photo gallery to see an external, Jewish site for more information on Mikvah.
This page added: September 2, 2004