Today I saw an interesting correlation between heaven and hell. The word for heaven is shamayim in Hebrew. It is actually quite a picture. The following are the pictures connected with the letters:
Shin = Two front teeth (Seperate, Consume, Cut, Pressure)
Mem = Water (also Chaos)
Yod = Arm (work, God’s work, strength of God)
Mem = Water
So the word for heaven is a picture of the waters above being split from the waters below by the arm of God. This happens in Genesis:
And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. -Genesis 1:6-7
Water is equal to life. There is life in heaven above, and there is life on the earth below. Where there is no water there is no life. We know that in Hell there is no water but only fire.
And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ -Luke 16:24
So all the rich man wanted was the smallest amount of water he could think of to quench his thirst in the flames. So in Hell there is no water and no life. So the interesting thing is this. Water extinguishes flames. Life conquers death. Heaven overcomes Hell. I find it amazing that God uses the simplest things that we take for granted to show us His truth.