What troubles you now…you who have gone up on the roofs and survey the chaos?
The water stored in the lower pool was the misguided hope for salvation in the southern Kingdom—the reservoir, the ‘Old Pool,’ between the walls. The sin (v14) that would never be atoned for “till your dying day,” was not looking to the One who made the pool—the One who planned it long ago. Do not seek salvation in that which was created, but in the Creator—not in material, but immaterial. Not in what was, but in what eternally is. The divided kingdom is NOT North and South—NOT science A and science B—that is wrong. The real divided kingdom is: Reason and revelation. The rational and the irrational. Physical and metaphysical. Science and Miracle. What is seen and what is unseen. Known and Unknown. To look for answers—to seek salvation— in reason, rationality, physics, science, seen, and known; is to borrow from Science A to patch up Science B. It is to “count buildings in Jerusalem, then destroy the houses to patch up the city walls;”(v10) and “when the defenses are stripped away from Judah,” it is to “look to the weapons of the Palace of the Forest.”(v8)
“Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for, “ says the Lord, the Lord Almighty.”