THE GOSPEL OF JOHN Encounter Jesus – The Son of the Living God Living Water! It’s A Gift! From Genesis to Revelation we find pictures of living water. In the Middle East, water is scarce and precious. During much of the Old Testament time in Israel, people survived on stagnant water stored in cisterns in the ground. When rain did fall, it was a gift from God. Physical living water was either rainwater or water flowing from a natural spring. Spiritual Living Water came directly from God and was associated with the presence of God.