Meditate to focus one’s thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over
Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (NIV)
21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD. 23 The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”
24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.
(New International Version)
Journey Through The Bible: [Genesis]
Go Read More: Entire Chapter 25 (verses 1-11 Abraham’s death and provision for his children; verses 12-18 Ishmael’s sons and descendants; especially verses 27-34 Esau sells his birthright for a bowl of stew)
What Happened?: Abraham has passed away. Here we see that Isaac has his own problems with conception. In verse 20 of this chapter we learn that Isaac was 40 years old when he marries Rebekah. Verse 26 above lets us know that Isaac is 60 years old when Rebekah gave birth to Esau and Jacob. When the couple was finally able to conceive, the children were extremely active in the womb, and Rebekah is told that her children will be two peoples, with the older to serve the younger.
Take Away!: This moment precludes the law. We see that both Isaac and Rebekah were able to go to God with petitions of prayer and inquires about daily life–and He answered them directly. Because of the sacrifice our savior, Jesus Christ, made on the cross–we have this same access to God today.
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1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV)
If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]. (AMP)
On the other hand, if we admit our sins–make a clean breast of them–he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. (MSG)
Sometimes we make an effort to cover up our foibles. To make it seem as though we never make mistakes [either big or small]. The problem with not admitting our sin is two-fold. 1) It could keep someone who is otherwise drawn to the faith away because they feel like mistakes aren’t allowed. 2) And it keeps us from our own blessings, without admitting to our sins we can’t accept the forgiveness and cleansing that God wants to extend to us.
KJV: King James Version AMP: The Amplified Bible MSG: The Message Bible
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