Episode 020 – Hagah The Text

Key Passage(s): Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2

Being intentional with God’s Word is essential to living a deep and meaningful life. In the biblical period, God’s people were called to not only dig into the Scriptures but also to have an ongoing discussion with their friends and family about them. Formany of us, our time with God’s Word often stops with reading it and we miss out on the critical responsibility of discussion. In this episode, we explore why it’s so crucial to be intentional about our relationship with the Bible so that it permeates every facet of our lives.

Discussion Questions

  • What’s your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • How intentional are you about digging into the Scriptures?
  • What detracts you from regularly studying the Bible in this “hagah” kind of way? Too busy? Don’t know how? Don’t have a good rhythm in place? Etc.? What needs to happen for you to overcome these hurdles?
  • How will you begin implementing your desired changes over this next week?
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16 Comments

  1. Andy Cass June 19, 2018 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Great word my friend! I’ve been chewing all morning on Exodus 5:1-6. In my opinion, a repeat garden story. We see Pharaoh commanding the Israelites as his subjects mirroring how God once commanded Adam and Eve to not eat of the tree of good and evil. The story illustrates the reality of humans defining good for themselves instead of allowing God to define good and evil. May we chew and consume God’s word so that we submit to God’s best. Thx again!

    • Brad Gray June 24, 2018 at 8:21 am - Reply

      Very cool, Andy. Thanks for sharing that.

  2. Martha Lins June 19, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your teaching in this series. It truly broadens my understanding of what Our Heavenly Father is telling us. It is looking at Truth from a different angle. May Our Heavenly Father richly bless you for your faithfulness to His word.

    • Brad Gray June 24, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

      I bless God for that, Martha. Glad you’re enjoying the series so much.

  3. William Black June 19, 2018 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    What’s your biggest takeaway from the teaching?

    That when YEHOVAH quietly nudges me to pay for someones groceries in front of me in line I get to, as the young lion, purr/ growl with pleasantness and look for more opportunities to do so in other areas!

    How intentional are you about digging into the Scriptures?

    Been doing it all life but same ole same ole til RVL came along and lit up TORAH!

    What detracts you from regularly studying the Bible in this “hagah” kind of way? Too busy? Don’t know how? Don’t have a good rhythm in place? Etc.?

    Not setting a specific time to actually read the bad old word, LAW and ingest it!

    What needs to happen for you to overcome these hurdles?

    GIt it done!

    How will you begin implementing your desired changes over this next week?

    You already spurred me onward and upward-keep it up.
    Enjoyed your last services at Central soooo much!

    • Brad Gray June 24, 2018 at 8:23 am - Reply

      Very nice, Bill. Really appreciate this.

  4. Tru Jackson June 19, 2018 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Brad, I enjoyed this teaching on the word “hagah.” Thank you so much for providing videos week after week. These teachings have really open my mind and teaching me how to be more intentionally about reading the Bible and studying it, rather passively ready it. I have to improve my hagah.
    Stay blessed.

    • Brad Gray June 24, 2018 at 8:24 am - Reply

      Deeply grateful you’re finding the series so helpful, Tru.

  5. Karl & Holly June 21, 2018 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Brad, Holly and I just watched the “Hagah – Meditate” message again. This was a great encouragement for us to plan out a time to grab God’s Word so we can take time to be satisfied meditating over it. Holly also liked the Ps 1:2 reference where it reminds us that the Law is our delight and how that fits so well with this teaching. She sent this onto a friend who is finding relief from anxiety by meditating on scripture. It was so good to see you and hear you speak last week in Zeeland. We are putting together our applications from the conference. God bless you.

    • Brad Gray June 24, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Fabulous to hear, Karl. And it was so great seeing you, Holly, and Simeon and the conference.

  6. Andrew Miles June 23, 2018 at 5:33 am - Reply

    A great insight and teaching! What I was told years ago is that we should read, learn, and INWARDLY DIGEST the Word. I believe this extends your metaphor and fits very tidily with what we should be doing…breaking down each passage into its component parts and then reassembling them for our body,mextracting what we need from it in a way that we can assimilate the meaning that is relevant for us at that time.

    • Brad Gray June 24, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Totally agree, Andrew. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Vicki Newby June 24, 2018 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Thank you for doing the videos Brad. This is a great resource. Thank you for mentioning Lois Tverberg and the Bible Project. Both great complementary resources.

    • Brad Gray July 1, 2018 at 10:11 am - Reply

      You’re welcome, Vicki. Thanks for our comments.

  8. Chelsea Kelter August 5, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

    יֶהְגֶּה יוֹמָם וָלָיְלָה
    What is significant to me about hagah is the mitzvot regarding when to hagah. Day and Night are purposeful words. Like Lois says ‘Hebrew words are like suitcases stuffed with meaning’. Day and night can mean light and darkness, good times and bad, danger and in refuge, in chaos and in peace. At all times we are to hagah, then we will be like the tree planted by the channel of water, bearing fruit and never withering.

    • Brad Gray August 10, 2018 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Totally agree, Chelsea. Thank you for sharing these thoughts.

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