LECTIO DIVINA

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


SILENCE

take 60 seconds (or more) in silent preparation for sacred reading


READ

listen to the text by reading out loud slowly and repeat up to 3x if desired


MEDITATE

reflect on - what word, words, phrase, or sentence speaks to you from the text, then write them down


PRAY

pray as responding to the words, phrase, sentence that God has stirred within you


CONTEMPLATE

rest in the presence of God, allowing the words revealed to take root

  • Luke 13:18-21

    Parable of the Mustard Seed

    18 Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? 19 It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.”

    Parable of the Yeast

    20 He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? 21 It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

  • Proverbs 5:7-23

    7 So now, my sons, listen to me.

       Never stray from what I am about to say:

    8 Stay away from her!

       Don’t go near the door of her house!

    9 If you do, you will lose your honor

       and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.

    10 Strangers will consume your wealth,

       and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.

    11 In the end you will groan in anguish

       when disease consumes your body.

    12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!

       If only I had not ignored all the warnings!

    13 Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers?

       Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?

    14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin,

       and now I must face public disgrace.”

    15 Drink water from your own well—

       share your love only with your wife.

    16 Why spill the water of your springs in the streets,

       having sex with just anyone?

    17 You should reserve it for yourselves.

       Never share it with strangers.

    18 Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.

       Rejoice in the wife of your youth.

    19 She is a loving deer, a graceful doe.

       Let her breasts satisfy you always.

       May you always be captivated by her love.

    20 Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman,

       or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?

    21 For the Lord sees clearly what a man does,

       examining every path he takes.

    22 An evil man is held captive by his own sins;

       they are ropes that catch and hold him.

    23 He will die for lack of self-control;

       he will be lost because of his great foolishness.

  • Leviticus 23:26-41

    The Day of Atonement

    26 Then the Lord said to Moses, 27 “Be careful to celebrate the Day of Atonement on the tenth day of that same month—nine days after the Festival of Trumpets.You must observe it as an official day for holy assembly, a day to deny yourselves and present special gifts to the Lord. 28 Do no work during that entire day because it is the Day of Atonement, when offerings of purification are made for you, making you right with the Lord your God. 29 All who do not deny themselves that day will be cut off from God’s people. 30 And I will destroy anyone among you who does any work on that day. 31 You must not do any work at all! This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation wherever you live. 32 This will be a Sabbath day of complete rest for you, and on that day you must deny yourselves. This day of rest will begin at sundown on the ninth day of the month and extend until sundown on the tenth day.”

    The Festival of Shelters

    33 And the Lord said to Moses, 34 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. Begin celebrating the Festival of Shelters on the fifteenth day of the appointed month—five days after the Day of Atonement. This festival to the Lordwill last for seven days. 35 On the first day of the festival you must proclaim an official day for holy assembly, when you do no ordinary work. 36 For seven days you must present special gifts to the Lord. The eighth day is another holy day on which you present your special gifts to the Lord. This will be a solemn occasion, and no ordinary work may be done that day.

    37 (“These are the Lord’s appointed festivals. Celebrate them each year as official days for holy assembly by presenting special gifts to the Lord—burnt offerings, grain offerings, sacrifices, and liquid offerings—each on its proper day. 38 These festivals must be observed in addition to the Lord’s regular Sabbath days, and the offerings are in addition to your personal gifts, the offerings you give to fulfill your vows, and the voluntary offerings you present to the Lord.)

    39 “Remember that this seven-day festival to the Lord—the Festival of Shelters—begins on the fifteenth day of the appointed month, after you have harvested all the produce of the land. The first day and the eighth day of the festival will be days of complete rest. 40 On the first day gather branches from magnificent trees—palm fronds, boughs from leafy trees, and willows that grow by the streams. Then celebrate with joy before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 You must observe this festival to the Lord for seven days every year. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed in the appointed month from generation to generation.

  • Revelation 19:9-10

    9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”

    10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.”

  • Psalm 53

    1 Only fools say in their hearts,

       “There is no God.”

    They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;

       not one of them does good!

    2 God looks down from heaven

       on the entire human race;

    he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,

       if anyone seeks God.

    3 But no, all have turned away;

       all have become corrupt.

    No one does good,

       not a single one!

    4 Will those who do evil never learn?

       They eat up my people like bread

       and wouldn’t think of praying to God.

    5 Terror will grip them,

       terror like they have never known before.

    God will scatter the bones of your enemies.

       You will put them to shame, for God has rejected them.

    6 Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?

       When God restores his people,

       Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.

  • Luke 9:10-17

    Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

    10 When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida. 11 But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. He welcomed them and taught them about the Kingdom of God, and he healed those who were sick.

    12 Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.”

    13 But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

    “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” 14 For there were about 5,000 men there.

    Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 So the people all sat down. 16 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. 17 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!

  • Proverbs 6:1-5

    1 My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt

       or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger—

    2 if you have trapped yourself by your agreement

       and are caught by what you said—

    3 follow my advice and save yourself,

       for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy.

    Now swallow your pride;

       go and beg to have your name erased.

    4 Don’t put it off; do it now!

       Don’t rest until you do.

    5 Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter,

       like a bird fleeing from a net.

  • Exodus 40:1-15

    1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Set up the Tabernacle on the first day of the new year. 3 Place the Ark of the Covenant inside, and install the inner curtain to enclose the Ark within the Most Holy Place. 4 Then bring in the table, and arrange the utensils on it. And bring in the lampstand, and set up the lamps.

    5 “Place the gold incense altar in front of the Ark of the Covenant. Then hang the curtain at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 6 Place the altar of burnt offering in front of the Tabernacle entrance. 7 Set the washbasin between the Tabernacle and the altar, and fill it with water. 8 Then set up the courtyard around the outside of the tent, and hang the curtain for the courtyard entrance.

    9 “Take the anointing oil and anoint the Tabernacle and all its furnishings to consecrate them and make them holy. 10 Anoint the altar of burnt offering and its utensils to consecrate them. Then the altar will become absolutely holy. 11 Next anoint the washbasin and its stand to consecrate them.

    12 “Present Aaron and his sons at the entrance of the Tabernacle, and wash them with water. 13 Dress Aaron with the sacred garments and anoint him, consecrating him to serve me as a priest. 14 Then present his sons and dress them in their tunics. 15 Anoint them as you did their father, so they may also serve me as priests. With their anointing, Aaron’s descendants are set apart for the priesthood forever, from generation to generation.”

  • 1 John 2:18-28

    18 Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come. 19 These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.

    20 But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth. 21 So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies. 22 And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. 23 Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

    24 So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. 25 And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.

    26 I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray.27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

    Living as Children of God

    28 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.

  • Psalm 20

    1 In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.

       May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.

    2 May he send you help from his sanctuary

       and strengthen you from Jerusalem.

    3 May he remember all your gifts

       and look favorably on your burnt offerings. Interlude

    4 May he grant your heart’s desires

       and make all your plans succeed.

    5 May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory

       and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.

    May the Lord answer all your prayers.

    6 Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king.

       He will answer him from his holy heaven

       and rescue him by his great power.

    7 Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,

       but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.

    8 Those nations will fall down and collapse,

       but we will rise up and stand firm.

    9 Give victory to our king, O Lord!

       Answer our cry for help.

  • Luke 18:31-34

    31 Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, “Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true. 32 He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. 33 They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.”

    34 But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.

  • Proverbs 6:6-11

    6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.

       Learn from their ways and become wise!

    7 Though they have no prince

       or governor or ruler to make them work,

    8 they labor hard all summer,

       gathering food for the winter.

    9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?

       When will you wake up?

    10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,

       a little folding of the hands to rest—

    11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;

       scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

  • Isaiah 42:1-9

    1 “Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.

       He is my chosen one, who pleases me.

    I have put my Spirit upon him.

       He will bring justice to the nations.

    2 He will not shout

       or raise his voice in public.

    3 He will not crush the weakest reed

       or put out a flickering candle.

       He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.

    4 He will not falter or lose heart

       until justice prevails throughout the earth.

       Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.”

    5 God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out.

       He created the earth and everything in it.

    He gives breath to everyone,

       life to everyone who walks the earth.

    And it is he who says,

    6 “I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness.

       I will take you by the hand and guard you,

    and I will give you to my people, Israel,

       as a symbol of my covenant with them.

    And you will be a light to guide the nations.

    7 You will open the eyes of the blind.

    You will free the captives from prison,

       releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.

    8 “I am the Lord; that is my name!

       I will not give my glory to anyone else,

       nor share my praise with carved idols.

    9 Everything I prophesied has come true,

       and now I will prophesy again.

    I will tell you the future before it happens.”

  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

    The Wisdom of God

    18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say,

    “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise

       and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”

    20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. 21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. 22 It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. 23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.

    24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

    26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

    30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”

  • Psalm 70:1-5

    1 Please, God, rescue me!

       Come quickly, Lord, and help me.

    2 May those who try to kill me

       be humiliated and put to shame.

    May those who take delight in my trouble

       be turned back in disgrace.

    3 Let them be horrified by their shame,

       for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”

    4 But may all who search for you

       be filled with joy and gladness in you.

    May those who love your salvation

       repeatedly shout, “God is great!”

    5 But as for me, I am poor and needy;

       please hurry to my aid, O God.

    You are my helper and my savior;

       O Lord, do not delay.

  • John 13:1-17

    1 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

    6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

    7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

    8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”

    Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

    9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”

    10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

    12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.

  • Hebrews 10:16-25

    16 “This is the new covenant I will make

       with my people on that day, says the Lord:

    I will put my laws in their hearts,

       and I will write them on their minds.”

    17 Then he says,

    “I will never again remember

       their sins and lawless deeds.”

    18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.

    A Call to Persevere

    19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

    23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

  • Joshua 10:16-27

    16 During the battle the five kings escaped and hid in a cave at Makkedah. 17 When Joshua heard that they had been found, 18 he issued this command: “Cover the opening of the cave with large rocks, and place guards at the entrance to keep the kings inside. 19 The rest of you continue chasing the enemy and cut them down from the rear. Don’t give them a chance to get back to their towns, for the Lordyour God has given you victory over them.”

    20 So Joshua and the Israelite army continued the slaughter and completely crushed the enemy. They totally wiped out the five armies except for a tiny remnant that managed to reach their fortified towns. 21 Then the Israelites returned safely to Joshua in the camp at Makkedah. After that, no one dared to speak even a word against Israel.

    22 Then Joshua said, “Remove the rocks covering the opening of the cave, and bring the five kings to me.” 23 So they brought the five kings out of the cave—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon. 24 When they brought them out, Joshua told the commanders of his army, “Come and put your feet on the kings’ necks.” And they did as they were told.

    25 “Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged,” Joshua told his men. “Be strong and courageous, for the Lord is going to do this to all of your enemies.” 26 Then Joshua killed each of the five kings and impaled them on five sharpened poles, where they hung until evening.

    27 As the sun was going down, Joshua gave instructions for the bodies of the kings to be taken down from the poles and thrown into the cave where they had been hiding. Then they covered the opening of the cave with a pile of large rocks, which remains to this very day.

  • Revelation 12:1-12

    1 Then I witnessed in heaven an event of great significance. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant, and she cried out because of her labor pains and the agony of giving birth.

    3 Then I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky, and he threw them to the earth. He stood in front of the woman as she was about to give birth, ready to devour her baby as soon as it was born.

    5 She gave birth to a son who was to rule all nations with an iron rod. And her child was snatched away from the dragon and was caught up to God and to his throne.6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place to care for her for 1,260 days.

    7 Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. 8 And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. 9 This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.

    10 Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens,

    “It has come at last—

       salvation and power

    and the Kingdom of our God,

       and the authority of his Christ.

    For the accuser of our brothers and sisters

       has been thrown down to earth—

    the one who accuses them

       before our God day and night.

    11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb

    and by their testimony.

    And they did not love their lives so much

    that they were afraid to die.

    12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens!

    And you who live in the heavens, rejoice!

    But terror will come on the earth and the sea,

    for the devil has come down to you in great anger,

    knowing that he has little time.”

  • psalm 118:1

    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

    His faithful love endures forever.

  • Luke 24:1-12

    1 But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

    5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee,7 that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

    8 Then they remembered that he had said this. 9 So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. 11 But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. 12 However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.

  • Proverbs 6:12-15

    12 What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars,

    13 signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers.

    14 Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble.

    15 But they will be destroyed suddenly,  broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.

  • Esther 7:1-10

    1 So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet. 2 On this second occasion, while they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, “Tell me what you want, Queen Esther. What is your request? I will give it to you, even if it is half the kingdom!”

    3 Queen Esther replied, “If I have found favor with the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my request, I ask that my life and the lives of my people will be spared. 4 For my people and I have been sold to those who would kill, slaughter, and annihilate us. If we had merely been sold as slaves, I could remain quiet, for that would be too trivial a matter to warrant disturbing the king.”

    5 “Who would do such a thing?” King Xerxes demanded. “Who would be so presumptuous as to touch you?”

    6 Esther replied, “This wicked Haman is our adversary and our enemy.” Haman grew pale with fright before the king and queen. 7 Then the king jumped to his feet in a rage and went out into the palace garden.

    Haman, however, stayed behind to plead for his life with Queen Esther, for he knew that the king intended to kill him. 8 In despair he fell on the couch where Queen Esther was reclining, just as the king was returning from the palace garden.

    The king exclaimed, “Will he even assault the queen right here in the palace, before my very eyes?” And as soon as the king spoke, his attendants covered Haman’s face, signaling his doom.

    9 Then Harbona, one of the king’s eunuchs, said, “Haman has set up a sharpened pole that stands seventy-five feet tall in his own courtyard. He intended to use it to impale Mordecai, the man who saved the king from assassination.”

    “Then impale Haman on it!” the king ordered. 10 So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai, and the king’s anger subsided.

  • Revelation 2:8-11

    8 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Smyrna. This is the message from the one who is the First and the Last, who was dead but is now alive:

    9 “I know about your suffering and your poverty—but you are rich! I know the blasphemy of those opposing you. They say they are Jews, but they are not, because their synagogue belongs to Satan. 10 Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.

    11 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. Whoever is victorious will not be harmed by the second death.