The next time rain clouds gather consider all the various cycles that perpetuate the flow of water that is a requirement to sustain life. Water is vitally important for growth therefore the need to bring water from its source to where people live has been a central problem for civilization from the beginning.
Caesarea was a Phoenician port that became part of the Hasmonean Kingdom in 96 BCE and eventually awarded back to King Herod in 30 BC by Caesar Augustus. King Herod built a lavish palace here along the coast including a hippodrome and amphitheater. King Herod’s architectural plans in Caesarea required lots of fresh water, far more than what a well could provide. Herod’s engineers developed a remarkable sophisticated aqueduct system to bring water to the second largest city in the region, Jerusalem being the largest. His engineers calculated the best route and optimal heights so that the water would flow without a pumping system from the springs at the foot of Mount Carmel to Caesarea on the seashore. The section known as the Caesarea aqueduct runs parallel to the Mediterranean shore and today is a National Park. The highest section of this aqueduct is about 500 meters long and constructed with 80 stone arches that serve as windows that frame your view of the beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea. Eventually King Herod would build seven aqueducts to reach Caesarea. Today many parts and ancient ruins of the original structures still stand throughout the land of Israel.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)