Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.
A LAND OF RIVERS OF WATER
This is part of the creation story and the first intimation of the river of life flowing from the paradise of God, as is His pleasure and delight. Within it and from it is created four streams, or aspects of that heavenly flow, as a place for the first man, Adam, His creation, to dwell and prosper as a living being.
These tributaries of the great river showed the creative power of the Almighty bursting forth with life-giving power, spreading rapidly abroad releasing an abundant fruitfulness within the man and as a burgeoning provision for his well-being. Thus the love of God is shed abroad, His compassion and Fatherly care is lavished on the finest work of His hand.
The land of Havilah, where there is gold speaks of the eternity of the divinity in an everlasting dance of reels and encircling, with precious stones of Bdellium — often thought to represent the pearl, but means to separate or set apart — and onyx, a pale green stone (from a word meaning to blanch or make white) which gives us the sense of purity, holiness and life. This river which flows from Eden is the power and life of God flowing out into His creation and available to all if they have eyes to see and ears to hear.
There is yet more to be drawn out here; suffice it to say that God opens Himself to all who may come. He is inclusive not exclusive, forgiving and merciful when anyone turns to Him with a repentant heart.
Pishon — increase from grow fat, spread, scatter
Gihon — stream, bursting forth
Hiddekel — ‘Tigris’, rapid
Euphrates — fruitfulness
Havilah — circle, from to dance
Assyria — from ‘asher’ happy successful, blessed (a son of Shem)
Cush — Ethiopia, black (a son of Ham)
‘Meditate on these things’
DEUTERONOMY 10:6-9 NKJV
(Now the children of Israel journeyed from the wells of Bene Jaakan to Moserah, where Aaron died, and where he was buried; and Eleazar his son ministered as priest in his stead. From there they journeyed to Gudgodah, and from Gudgodah to Jotbathah, a land of rivers of water.
At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister to Him and to bless in His name, to this day.
Therefore Levi has no portion nor inheritance with his brethren; the LORD is his inheritance, just as the LORD your God promised him.)
“Riverdance” — performed for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.
A HOLY OCCUPATION: Oswald Chambers on PRAYER
GEORGE and GILL STEWART