LECTIO DIVINA

There are lots of ways to read the Bible, this is one way that we like to stop and reflect on scripture.


READ THE SCRIPTURE

what is the text saying?


MEDITATE ON ITS MEANING FOR YOU

what jumps out to me personally?


PRAY, BASED ON YOUR MEDITATION

what do I say to the Lord?


CONTEMPLATE ON THE PRESENCE OF GOD

allow His Spirit to wash over you


WHAT ARE THE STEPS FORWARD?

what action plan do I plan to take?

    • numbers 17:1-11

      1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 

      2 “Tell the people of Israel to bring you twelve wooden staffs, one from each leader of Israel’s ancestral tribes, and inscribe each leader’s name on his staff. 

      3 Inscribe Aaron’s name on the staff of the tribe of Levi, for there must be one staff for the leader of each ancestral tribe. 

      4 Place these staffs in the Tabernacle in front of the Ark containing the tablets of the Covenant, where I meet with you. 

      5 Buds will sprout on the staff belonging to the man I choose. Then I will finally put an end to the people’s murmuring and complaining against you.”

      6 So Moses gave the instructions to the people of Israel, and each of the twelve tribal leaders, including Aaron, brought Moses a staff. 

      7 Moses placed the staffs in the Lord’s presence in the Tabernacle of the Covenant. 

      8 When he went into the Tabernacle of the Covenant the next day, he found that Aaron’s staff, representing the tribe of Levi, had sprouted, budded, blossomed, and produced ripe almonds!

      9 When Moses brought all the staffs out from the Lord’s presence, he showed them to the people. Each man claimed his own staff.

      10 And the Lord said to Moses: “Place Aaron’s staff permanently before the Ark of the Covenant[d] to serve as a warning to rebels. This should put an end to their complaints against me and prevent any further deaths.” 

      11 So Moses did as the Lord commanded him.

    • revelation 22:12-16

      12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. 

      13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

      14 Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. 

      15 Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.

      16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne.[a] I am the bright morning star.”

    • psalm 90

      1 Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!

      2 Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world,

      from beginning to end, you are God.

      3 You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals!”

      4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.

      5 You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning.

      6 In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered.

      7 We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury.

      8 You spread out our sins before you— our secret sins—and you see them all.

      9 We live our lives beneath your wrath, ending our years with a groan.

      10 Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.

      11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.

      12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.

      13 O Lord, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants!

      14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

      15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good.

      16 Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.

      17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!

    • Matthew 16:5-12

      5 Later, after they crossed to the other side of the lake, the disciples discovered they had forgotten to bring any bread. 

      6 “Watch out!” Jesus warned them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

      7 At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. 

      8 Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “You have so little faith! Why are you arguing with each other about having no bread? 

      9 Don’t you understand even yet? Don’t you remember the 5,000 I fed with five loaves, and the baskets of leftovers you picked up? 

      10 Or the 4,000 I fed with seven loaves, and the large baskets of leftovers you picked up? 

      11 Why can’t you understand that I’m not talking about bread? So again I say, ‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.’”

      12 Then at last they understood that he wasn’t speaking about the yeast in bread, but about the deceptive teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

    • Proverbs 23:4-8

      4 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.

      5 In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.

      6 Don’t eat with people who are stingy; don’t desire their delicacies.

      7 They are always thinking about how much it costs. “Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it.

      8 You will throw up what little you’ve eaten, and your compliments will be wasted.

    • isaiah 40:1-11

      1“Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God.

      2 “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over for all her sins.”

      3 Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness

      for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!

      4 Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.

      5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!”

      6 A voice said, “Shout!” I asked, “What should I shout?” “Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field.

      7 The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people.

      8 The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”

      9 O Zion, messenger of good news, shout from the mountaintops! Shout it louder, O Jerusalem. Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, “Your God is coming!”

      10 Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.

      11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

    • 2 Peter 1:2-15

      2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.


      Growing in Faith

      3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

      5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

      8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

      10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


      Paying Attention to Scripture

      12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. 14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life, 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.

    • psalm 126

      1 When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem,

          it was like a dream!

      2 We were filled with laughter,

          and we sang for joy.

      And the other nations said,

          “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”

      3 Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!

          What joy!

      4 Restore our fortunes, Lord,

          as streams renew the desert.

      5 Those who plant in tears

          will harvest with shouts of joy.

      6 They weep as they go to plant their seed,

          but they sing as they return with the harvest.

    • matthew 16:13-20

      13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

      14 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”

      15 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

      16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

      17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. 18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

      20 Then he sternly warned the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

    • proverbs 23:9-12

      9 Don’t waste your breath on fools,

          for they will despise the wisest advice.

      10 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers;

          don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.

      11 For their Redeemer is strong;

          he himself will bring their charges against you.

      12 Commit yourself to instruction;

          listen carefully to words of knowledge.

    • isaiah 11:1-9

      1 Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—

          yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.

      2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—

          the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

      the Spirit of counsel and might,

          the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

      3 He will delight in obeying the Lord.

          He will not judge by appearance

          nor make a decision based on hearsay.

      4 He will give justice to the poor

          and make fair decisions for the exploited.

      The earth will shake at the force of his word,

          and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked.

      5 He will wear righteousness like a belt

          and truth like an undergarment.

      6 In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together;

          the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.

      The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,

          and a little child will lead them all.

      7 The cow will graze near the bear.

          The cub and the calf will lie down together.

          The lion will eat hay like a cow.

      8 The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra.

          Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm.

      9 Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,

          for as the waters fill the sea,

          so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.

    • acts 28:23-31

      23 So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul’s lodging. He explained and testified about the Kingdom of God and tried to persuade them about Jesus from the Scriptures. Using the law of Moses and the books of the prophets, he spoke to them from morning until evening. 24 Some were persuaded by the things he said, but others did not believe. 25 And after they had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul: “The Holy Spirit was right when he said to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet,

      26 ‘Go and say to this people:

      When you hear what I say,

          you will not understand.

      When you see what I do,

          you will not comprehend.

      27 For the hearts of these people are hardened,

          and their ears cannot hear,

          and they have closed their eyes—

      so their eyes cannot see,

          and their ears cannot hear,

          and their hearts cannot understand,

      and they cannot turn to me

          and let me heal them.’

      28 So I want you to know that this salvation from God has also been offered to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.”

      30 For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense. He welcomed all who visited him, 31 boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.

    • psalm 80:1-7

      1 Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,

          you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock.

      O God, enthroned above the cherubim,

          display your radiant glory

      2 to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.

      Show us your mighty power.

          Come to rescue us!

      3 Turn us again to yourself, O God.

          Make your face shine down upon us.

          Only then will we be saved.

      4 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies,

          how long will you be angry with our prayers?

      5 You have fed us with sorrow

          and made us drink tears by the bucketful.

      6 You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations.

          Our enemies treat us as a joke.

      7 Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies.

          Make your face shine down upon us.

          Only then will we be saved.

    • matthew 16:21-28

      21 From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.

      22 But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”

      23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

      24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds. 28 And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

    • proverbs 23:15-18

      15 My child, if your heart is wise,

          my own heart will rejoice!

      16 Everything in me will celebrate

          when you speak what is right.

      17 Don’t envy sinners,

          but always continue to fear the Lord.

      18 You will be rewarded for this;

          your hope will not be disappointed.

    • genesis 25:19-28

      19 This is the account of the family of Isaac, the son of Abraham. 20 When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram and the sister of Laban the Aramean.

      21 Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins. 22 But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the Lord about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked.

      23 And the Lord told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.”

      24 And when the time came to give birth, Rebekah discovered that she did indeed have twins! 25 The first one was very red at birth and covered with thick hair like a fur coat. So they named him Esau. 26 Then the other twin was born with his hand grasping Esau’s heel. So they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when the twins were born.


      Esau Sells His Birthright

      27 As the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter. He was an outdoorsman, but Jacob had a quiet temperament, preferring to stay at home. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

    • romans 8:18-30

      18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)


      26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

    • psalm 113

      1 Praise the Lord!

      Yes, give praise, O servants of the Lord.

          Praise the name of the Lord!

      2 Blessed be the name of the Lord

          now and forever.

      3 Everywhere—from east to west—

          praise the name of the Lord.

      4 For the Lord is high above the nations;

          his glory is higher than the heavens.

      5 Who can be compared with the Lord our God,

          who is enthroned on high?

      6 He stoops to look down

          on heaven and on earth.

      7 He lifts the poor from the dust

          and the needy from the garbage dump.

      8 He sets them among princes,

          even the princes of his own people!

      9 He gives the childless woman a family,

          making her a happy mother.

      Praise the Lord!

    • Matthew 17:1-13

      17 Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. 2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.

      4 Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

      5 But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” 6 The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.

      7 Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus.

      9 As they went back down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

      10 Then his disciples asked him, “Why do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes?”

      11 Jesus replied, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. 12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, but he wasn’t recognized, and they chose to abuse him. And in the same way they will also make the Son of Man suffer.” 13 Then the disciples realized he was talking about John the Baptist.

    • Proverbs 23:19-25

      19 My child, listen and be wise:

          Keep your heart on the right course.

      20 Do not carouse with drunkards

          or feast with gluttons,

      21 for they are on their way to poverty,

          and too much sleep clothes them in rags.

      22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,

          and don’t despise your mother when she is old.

      23 Get the truth and never sell it;

          also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.

      24 The father of godly children has cause for joy.

          What a pleasure to have children who are wise.

      25 So give your father and mother joy!

          May she who gave you birth be happy.

    • Isaiah 54:1-13

      1 “Sing, O childless woman,

          you who have never given birth!

      Break into loud and joyful song, O Jerusalem,

          you who have never been in labor.

      For the desolate woman now has more children

          than the woman who lives with her husband,”

          says the Lord.

      2 “Enlarge your house; build an addition.

          Spread out your home, and spare no expense!

      3 For you will soon be bursting at the seams.

          Your descendants will occupy other nations

          and resettle the ruined cities.

      4 “Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.

          Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.

      You will no longer remember the shame of your youth

          and the sorrows of widowhood.

      5 For your Creator will be your husband;

          the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!

      He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,

          the God of all the earth.

      6 For the Lord has called you back from your grief—

          as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,”

          says your God.

      7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you,

          but with great compassion I will take you back.

      8 In a burst of anger I turned my face away for a little while.

          But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”

          says the Lord, your Redeemer.

      9 “Just as I swore in the time of Noah

          that I would never again let a flood cover the earth,

      so now I swear

          that I will never again be angry and punish you.

      10 For the mountains may move

          and the hills disappear,

      but even then my faithful love for you will remain.

          My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”

          says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

      11 “O storm-battered city,

          troubled and desolate!

      I will rebuild you with precious jewels

          and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.

      12 I will make your towers of sparkling rubies,

          your gates of shining gems,

          and your walls of precious stones.

      13 I will teach all your children,

          and they will enjoy great peace.

    • Revelation 21:1-7

      1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

      3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

      5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.

    • Psalm 147:12-20

      12 Glorify the Lord, O Jerusalem!

          Praise your God, O Zion!

      13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates

          and blessed your children within your walls.

      14 He sends peace across your nation

          and satisfies your hunger with the finest wheat.

      15 He sends his orders to the world—

          how swiftly his word flies!

      16 He sends the snow like white wool;

          he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes.

      17 He hurls the hail like stones.

          Who can stand against his freezing cold?

      18 Then, at his command, it all melts.

          He sends his winds, and the ice thaws.

      19 He has revealed his words to Jacob,

          his decrees and regulations to Israel.

      20 He has not done this for any other nation;

          they do not know his regulations.

    • Matthew 17:14-21

      14 At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”

      17 Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well.

      19 Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?”

      20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

    • Proverbs 23:26-35

      26 O my son, give me your heart.

          May your eyes take delight in following my ways.

      27 A prostitute is a dangerous trap;

          a promiscuous woman is as dangerous as falling into a narrow well.

      28 She hides and waits like a robber,

          eager to make more men unfaithful.

      29 Who has anguish? Who has sorrow?

          Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining?

          Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

      30 It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns,

          trying out new drinks.

      31 Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is,

          how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.

      32 For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake;

          it stings like a viper.

      33 You will see hallucinations,

          and you will say crazy things.

      34 You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea,

          clinging to a swaying mast.

      35 And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it.

          I didn’t even know it when they beat me up.

      When will I wake up

          so I can look for another drink?”