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?

    • PROVERBS 7:1-27

      Warning Against the Adulterous Woman


      7 Follow my advice, my son;

          always treasure my commands.

      2 Obey my commands and live!

          Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.

      3 Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.

          Write them deep within your heart.

      4 Love wisdom like a sister;

          make insight a beloved member of your family.

      5 Let them protect you from an affair with an immoral woman,

          from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman.

      6 While I was at the window of my house,

          looking through the curtain,

      7 I saw some naive young men,

          and one in particular who lacked common sense.

      8 He was crossing the street near the house of an immoral woman,

          strolling down the path by her house.

      9 It was at twilight, in the evening,

          as deep darkness fell.

      10 The woman approached him,

          seductively dressed and sly of heart.

      11 She was the brash, rebellious type,

          never content to stay at home.

      12 She is often in the streets and markets,

          soliciting at every corner.

      13 She threw her arms around him and kissed him,

          and with a brazen look she said,

      14 “I’ve just made my peace offerings

          and fulfilled my vows.

      15 You’re the one I was looking for!

          I came out to find you, and here you are!

      16 My bed is spread with beautiful blankets,

          with colored sheets of Egyptian linen.

      17 I’ve perfumed my bed

          with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

      18 Come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning.

          Let’s enjoy each other’s caresses,

      19 for my husband is not home.

          He’s away on a long trip.

      20 He has taken a wallet full of money with him

          and won’t return until later this month.”

      21 So she seduced him with her pretty speech

          and enticed him with her flattery.

      22 He followed her at once,

          like an ox going to the slaughter.

      He was like a stag caught in a trap,

      23 awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart.

      He was like a bird flying into a snare,

          little knowing it would cost him his life.

      24 So listen to me, my sons,

          and pay attention to my words.

      25 Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her.

          Don’t wander down her wayward path.

      26 For she has been the ruin of many;

          many men have been her victims.

      27 Her house is the road to the grave.

          Her bedroom is the den of death.

    • EZEKIEL 34:17-23

      17 “And as for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign Lord says to his people: I will judge between one animal of the flock and another, separating the sheep from the goats. 18 Isn’t it enough for you to keep the best of the pastures for yourselves? Must you also trample down the rest? Isn’t it enough for you to drink clear water for yourselves? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? 19 Why must my flock eat what you have trampled down and drink water you have fouled? 20 “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will surely judge between the fat sheep and the scrawny sheep. 21 For you fat sheep pushed and butted and crowded my sick and hungry flock until you scattered them to distant lands. 22 So I will rescue my flock, and they will no longer be abused. I will judge between one animal of the flock and another. 23 And I will set over them one shepherd, my servant David. He will feed them and be a shepherd to them.

    • Hebrews 13:20-21

      Benediction and Final Greetings


      20 Now may the God of peace

          who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,

      the great Shepherd of the sheep,

          and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood

      21 may he equip you with all you need

          for doing his will.

      May he produce in you,

          through the power of Jesus Christ,

      every good thing that is pleasing to him.

          All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

    • PSALM 100

      1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!

      2 Worship the Lord with gladness.

          Come before him, singing with joy.

      3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!

          He made us, and we are his.

          We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

      4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;

          go into his courts with praise.

          Give thanks to him and praise his name.

      5 For the Lord is good.

          His unfailing love continues forever,

          and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

    • MARK 4:21-25

      A Lamp of a Stand


      21 Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine. 22 For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. 23 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” 24 Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given and you will receive even more. 25 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”

    • PROVERBS 8:1-11

      Wisdom's Call


      8 Listen as Wisdom calls out!

          Hear as understanding raises her voice!

      2 On the hilltop along the road,

          she takes her stand at the crossroads.

      3 By the gates at the entrance to the town,

          on the road leading in, she cries aloud,

      4 “I call to you, to all of you!

          I raise my voice to all people.

      5 You simple people, use good judgment.

          You foolish people, show some understanding.

      6 Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you.

          Everything I say is right,

      7 for I speak the truth

          and detest every kind of deception.

      8 My advice is wholesome.

          There is nothing devious or crooked in it.

      9 My words are plain to anyone with understanding,

          clear to those with knowledge.

      10 Choose my instruction rather than silver,

          and knowledge rather than pure gold.

      11 For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies.

          Nothing you desire can compare with it.

    • EXODUS 13:17-22

      Crossing the Sea


      17 When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle. 19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear to do this. He said, “God will certainly come to help you. When he does, you must take my bones with you from this place.” 20 The Israelites left Succoth and camped at Etham on the edge of the wilderness. 21 The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. 22 And the Lord did not remove the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire from its place in front of the people.

    • ACTS 7:44-56

      44 “Our ancestors carried the Tabernacle with them through the wilderness. It was constructed according to the plan God had shown to Moses. 45 Years later, when Joshua led our ancestors in battle against the nations that God drove out of this land, the Tabernacle was taken with them into their new territory. And it stayed there until the time of King David. 46 “David found favor with God and asked for the privilege of building a permanent Temple for the God of Jacob. 47 But it was Solomon who actually built it. 48 However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says, 49 ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that?’ asks the Lord. ‘Could you build me such a resting place? 50 Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?’ 51 “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! 52 Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. 53 You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.” 54 The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”

    • PSALM 102:1-17

      1 Lord, hear my prayer!

          Listen to my plea!

      2 Don’t turn away from me

          in my time of distress.

      Bend down to listen,

          and answer me quickly when I call to you.

      3 For my days disappear like smoke,

          and my bones burn like red-hot coals.

      4 My heart is sick, withered like grass,

          and I have lost my appetite.

      5 Because of my groaning,

          I am reduced to skin and bones.

      6 I am like an owl in the desert,

          like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.

      7 I lie awake,

          lonely as a solitary bird on the roof.

      8 My enemies taunt me day after day.

          They mock and curse me.

      9 I eat ashes for food.

          My tears run down into my drink

      10 because of your anger and wrath.

          For you have picked me up and thrown me out.

      11 My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows.

          I am withering away like grass.

      12 But you, O Lord, will sit on your throne forever.

          Your fame will endure to every generation.

      13 You will arise and have mercy on Jerusalem

          and now is the time to pity her,

          now is the time you promised to help.

      14 For your people love every stone in her walls

          and cherish even the dust in her streets.

      15 Then the nations will tremble before the Lord.

          The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory.

      16 For the Lord will rebuild Jerusalem.

          He will appear in his glory.

      17 He will listen to the prayers of the destitute.

          He will not reject their pleas.

    • MARK 4:26-29

      The Parable of the Growing Seed


      26 Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. 28 The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. 29 And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”

    • PROVERBS 8:12-21

      12 “I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.

          I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.

      13 All who fear the Lord will hate evil.

          Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,

          corruption and perverse speech.

      14 Common sense and success belong to me.

          Insight and strength are mine.

      15 Because of me, kings reign,

          and rulers make just decrees.

      16 Rulers lead with my help,

          and nobles make righteous judgments.

      17 “I love all who love me.

          Those who search will surely find me.

      18 I have riches and honor,

          as well as enduring wealth and justice.

      19 My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold,

          my wages better than sterling silver!

      20 I walk in righteousness,

          in paths of justice.

      21 Those who love me inherit wealth.

          I will fill their treasuries.

    • GENESIS 9:8-17

      8 Then God told Noah and his sons, 9 “I hereby confirm my covenant with you and your descendants, 10 and with all the animals that were on the boat with you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals every living creature on earth. 11 Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.” 12 Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. 13 I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. 14 When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, 15 and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. 16 When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” 17 Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.”

    • 1 Peter 3:8-12

      Suffering for Doing Good


      8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. 10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. 12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”

    • PSALM 93

      1 The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. 2 Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past. 3 The floods have risen up, O Lord. The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. 4 But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore the Lord above is mightier than these! 5 Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever.

    • MARK 4:30-34

      The Parable of the Mustard Seed


      30 Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? 31 It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, 32 but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.” 33 Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. 34 In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.

    • PROVERBS 8:22-36

      22 “The Lord formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else. 23 I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began. 24 I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters. 25 Before the mountains were formed, before the hills, I was born 26 before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil. 27 I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans. 28 I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth. 29 I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth’s foundations, 30 I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence. 31 And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family! 32 “And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. 34 Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! 35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. 36 But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”

    • LEVITICUS 9:1-11

      The Priests Begin Their Ministry


      9 After the ordination ceremony, on the eighth day, Moses called together Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel. 2 He said to Aaron, “Take a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without defects, and present them to the Lord. 3 Then tell the Israelites, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, and take a calf and a lamb, both a year old and without defects, for a burnt offering. 4 Also take a bull and a ram for a peace offering and flour moistened with olive oil for a grain offering. Present all these offerings to the Lord because the Lord will appear to you today.’” 5 So the people presented all these things at the entrance of the Tabernacle,  just as Moses had commanded. Then the whole community came forward and stood before the Lord. 6 And Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.” 7 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Come to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering to purify yourself and the people. Then present the offerings of the people to purify them, making them right with the Lord, just as he has commanded.” 8 So Aaron went to the altar and slaughtered the calf as a sin offering for himself. 9 His sons brought him the blood, and he dipped his finger in it and put it on the horns of the altar. He poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. 10 Then he burned on the altar the fat, the kidneys, and the long lobe of the liver from the sin offering, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 11 The meat and the hide, however, he burned outside the camp.

    • 1 PETER 4:7-11

      7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. 8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. 10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

    • PSALM 99

      1 The Lord is king! Let the nations tremble! He sits on his throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake! 2 The Lord sits in majesty in Jerusalem, exalted above all the nations. 3 Let them praise your great and awesome name. Your name is holy! 4 Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established fairness. You have acted with justice and righteousness throughout Israel. 5 Exalt the Lord our God! Bow low before his feet, for he is holy! 6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also called on his name. They cried to the Lord for help, and he answered them. 7 He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud, and they followed the laws and decrees he gave them. 8 O Lord our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, but you punished them when they went wrong. 9 Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem, for the Lord our God is holy!

    • MARK 4:35-41

      Jesus Calms the Storm


      35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

    • PROVERBS 9:1-6

      Invitations of Wisdom and Folly


      9 Wisdom has built her house;

          she has carved its seven columns.

      2 She has prepared a great banquet,

          mixed the wines, and set the table.

      3 She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come.

          She calls out from the heights overlooking the city.

      4 “Come in with me,” she urges the simple.

          To those who lack good judgment, she says,

      5 “Come, eat my food,

          and drink the wine I have mixed.

      6 Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live;

          learn to use good judgment.”