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History of the Jewish Mikveh

The term mikveh in Hebrew literally means any gathering of waters, but is specifically used in Jewish law for the waters or bath for the ritual immersion. The building of the mikveh was so important in ancient times it was said to take precedence over the construction of a synagogue. Immersion was so important that it occurred before the high Priest conducted the service on the Day of Atonement, before the regular priests participated in the Temple service, before each person entered the Temple complex, before a scribe wrote the name of God, as well as several other occasions.

The Mishnah attributes to Ezra a decree that each male should immerse himself before praying or studying. There were several Jewish groups that observed ritual immersion every day to assure readiness for the coming of the Messiah. The Church Fathers mentioned one of these groups called Hemerobaptists which means “daily bathers” in Greek. Among those used to regular immersion were the Essenes and others that the Talmud calls tovelei shaharit or “dawn bathers.”

The above information was something I found on the internet, and I forget the website I found it on.

Converts to the Jewish communities and way of life were sometimes; depending on the group/sect, etc… ritually immersed in Mikveh as symbolic of their putting off the former life and beginning a new life (Born Again)

As best as I can describe i, I do believe water baptism was very important and significant for the 1st century followers of Christ the Messiah.

This act was for those who wished to make a public profession that they had renounced their former trust in an Old Covenantal system that could not make them perfect in the eyes of God, and that they were now putting off the old man of flesh (Carnal reliance) and were embracing the New Covenant which scripture emphatically concludes was for those of the Houses of Israel and Judah.

This was the reconciling of the world, the binding of the two sticks, and is why scripture states the perceived status differences between Jew, Gentile, Male, Female, Free, and Bond were forever done away with; and this is further seen with the veil that was torn in two, from top to bottom.

I have no issue with people wanting to be water baptized, but do it for the right reason; note that it is only an outward manifestation of an inward change of heart. Dedicate; or rededicate, your lives to God, but place your trust in him, not in the waters or the act of water baptism.

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