A Place to Ruminate

For a long time I’ve been intrigued by the concept of biblical meditation as rumination. The Hebrew word often translated in Scripture as “meditate” is hagah and it very literally means to mutter. Now it occurs to me that you can’t mutter to yourself something that you don’t know or remember, so it seems to me that meditating on the Scriptures requires that you, at the very least, be familiar with the passage under consideration, and more likely that you have it memorized.

But back to why this makes me think of “ruminating”…besides the mental picture of someone muttering to themself as they “chew” on a passage, another good way to think of biblical meditation is the idea of a cow chewing its cud. Over and over again, bringing that passage up for more “chewing” and further digestion.

So this is what I hope to do here. To chew on the issues of life, on passages of Scripture and issues of application. Sometimes, I expect, it will be pretty personal, sometimes, I’m sure, it will be fairly academic in feel.

We shall see..

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