Chewing On The Word Like A Cow Chews The Cud
Sunday, September 07, 2003
Hello friends and neighbors,
This is my first attempt at "blogging"...so be gentle.
For years I have been sending out (and still do) a little news letter called THE RUMINATOR RAMBLINGS. This has been an arm of the Ruminator Sunday School class at Smyrna Assemblies in Smyrna Tennessee. If you are in the Nashville area...we begin at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday mornings.
The basis for our class is a verse found in the book of Joshua...Joshua 1:8..."This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written it; for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have success."
The word meditate is from the Hebrew word hagah (haw-gaw) which means to reflect, to moan, to mutter, to ponder, to make a quiet sound such as sighing, to meditate or contemplate something as one repeats the words.
The Latin word is ruminate. A cow (and other animals) are known as ruminantes. The have four chambers of stomach and as the eat...they swallow...it goes through the process fo the chambers and comes back into the mouth and is known as CUD. As you travel in the country....and you hang our your head and moo at the cows (you know you've done it)...look at them slowly chewing that cud with that contemplative, contented look on their faces. That is known as RUMINATION....thus our Sunday School class....a bunch of RUMINATORS.
I like the way God puts things together. He takes...this book of the Law (the Word) and then connects with the mouth (where words are expressed) and then links thinking about that Word with the moving of the muttering mouth (aka meditation).
The time frame is day and night...so we are not limited by when we can or can't think about the Word. This also makes it so we do not have to have a leather bound book in front of us at all times...we can take the Word (that we have hid in our hearts) and open our mouths instead of opening the book.
The next part of the verse take the Word out of our mouths and places it into our actions. "So that you may be careful to DO all that is written in it." We can chew on the Word all that we want...we can believe the Word all that we want...we can theologically discuss the Word all that we want...BUT if we don't DO THE WORD...then we cannot experiece the positive cause and effect that is promised.
The Bible is filled with the principle of cause and effect. Cause and effect simply means...do this...this happens. Don't do this...this won't happen. The principle applies to positive action and negative action. Hate someone...hate infiltrates back to you. Love someone....love infiltrates back to you. The cause and effect for DOING THE MEDITATING is
FOR THEN...you will MAKE YOUR WAY PROSPEROUS.
Prosperity is not being under the hand of poverty. You have enough to meet you needs (not your greeds) and an overflow to help others. The action is on your part to step out...to put your hand on the plow...to apply for that job...to make that sales call, etc.
The next step is AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE SUCCESS. Success is accomplishing the purposes of God in your life. It may be crossing a river and taking land that has been promised to you, like the people in Joshua...it may be rising in the ranks of your job to be known as the expert in your field...it may being the best Mom or Dad in the whole world. Whatever it is...it is what God wants in your life.
Well...that's it for now. Now you know. Depending on how this goes...I guess you will be seening some more ramblings.
Mooooooooooooooooove in the Spirit