Posted by Warren on March 15, 2005
I have always understood this to mean that friends are closer than relatives. Water is when we are born--when a woman breaks her water for birth,thus our family is connected by water, and blood is when we make a covenant with a friend. The mingling of blood by a cut for "blood-brothers" (sister's) is well known. Jesus said,"There is a friend that is closer than a brother (family)." and, "There is no greater gift than a man lay down his life (blood) for his friends." We are married to friends, not family. In fact, we are supposed to leave our birth family in order to start our own. So it seems to be a very misunderstood phrase most of the time.