Nasag - Overtaken By God
by Lois Tverberg
In ancient times many words came out of the common cultural practice of hunting - one was radaf, to "pursue", another was nasag, meaning "to overtake" or "to catch up to." Of course they were used in their literal sense, as when Laban pursued (radaf) and overtook (nasag) Jacob fleeing with his daughters (Gen. 31:23).
In modern American culture that moves so fast, it seems that most of us are always chasing after something. Even among Christians, we feel we need to always be pursuing and attaining more and more. Even when thinking about how we are doing spiritually, we seem to see ourselves as the ones in pursuit of something, like a deeper walk with God or a greater ability to serve. We are always striving.
Another delightful picture like this one is found in Psalm 23:6, when the psalmist says, "Surely goodness and mercy will pursue (radaf) me all of my life...." Most traditional translations say that "goodness and mercy will follow me", but the word actually is "pursue!" The psalmist has no worries about his enemies who are after him, because he is utterly convinced that God is chasing him down with his love!
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