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?

    • Genesis 21:1-7

      1 The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. 2 She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would. 3 And Abraham named their son Isaac. 4 Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. 5 Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.

      6 And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. 7 Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!”
    • Hebrews 11:1-3, 13-19

      1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

      3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.


      13 All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

      17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, 18 even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” 19 Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.


    • Psalm 105:1-11

      1 Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.

          Let the whole world know what he has done.

      2 Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.

          Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

      3 Exult in his holy name;

          rejoice, you who worship the Lord.

      4 Search for the Lord and for his strength;

          continually seek him.

      5 Remember the wonders he has performed,

          his miracles, and the rulings he has given,

      6 you children of his servant Abraham,

          you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.

      7 He is the Lord our God.

          His justice is seen throughout the land.

      8 He always stands by his covenant—

          the commitment he made to a thousand generations.

      9 This is the covenant he made with Abraham

          and the oath he swore to Isaac.

      10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

          and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant:

      11 “I will give you the land of Canaan

          as your special possession.”

    • matthew 5:21-26

      Teaching about Anger

      21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.

      23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

      25 “When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 And if that happens, you surely won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny.

    • proverbs 6:12-19

      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.

      16 There are six things the Lord hates—

          no, seven things he detests:

      17 haughty eyes,

          a lying tongue,

          hands that kill the innocent,

      18 a heart that plots evil,

          feet that race to do wrong,

      19 a false witness who pours out lies,

          a person who sows discord in a family.

    • 1 Kings 6:1-4

      1 It was in midspring, in the month of Ziv, during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign, that he began to construct the Temple of the Lord. This was 480 years after the people of Israel were rescued from their slavery in the land of Egypt.

      2 The Temple that King Solomon built for the Lord was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 3 The entry room at the front of the Temple was 30 feet wide, running across the entire width of the Temple. It projected outward 15 feet from the front of the Temple. 4 Solomon also made narrow recessed windows throughout the Temple.

    • hebrews 9:23-28

      23 That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.

      24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. 25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. 26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.

      27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

    • psalm 84

      1 How lovely is your dwelling place,

          O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

      2 I long, yes, I faint with longing

          to enter the courts of the Lord.

      With my whole being, body and soul,

          I will shout joyfully to the living God.

      3 Even the sparrow finds a home,

          and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young

      at a place near your altar,

          O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!

      4 What joy for those who can live in your house,

          always singing your praises. Interlude

      5 What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,

          who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

      6 When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,

          it will become a place of refreshing springs.

          The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.

      7 They will continue to grow stronger,

          and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.

      8 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.

          Listen, O God of Jacob. Interlude

      9 O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!

          Show favor to the one you have anointed.

      10 A single day in your courts

          is better than a thousand anywhere else!

      I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God

          than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

      11 For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.

          He gives us grace and glory.

      The Lord will withhold no good thing

          from those who do what is right.

      12 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

          what joy for those who trust in you.

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      27 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your hand—even your stronger hand—causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.


      Teaching about Divorce

      31 “You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.’ 32 But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.

    • proverbs 7:1-5

      1 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.

    • exodus 15:22-27

      Bitter Water at March

      22 Then Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea, and they moved out into the desert of Shur. They traveled in this desert for three days without finding any water. 23 When they came to the oasis of Marah, the water was too bitter to drink. So they called the place Marah (which means “bitter”).

      24 Then the people complained and turned against Moses. “What are we going to drink?” they demanded.25 So Moses cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lordshowed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink.

      It was there at Marah that the Lord set before them the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to him. 26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”

      27 After leaving Marah, the Israelites traveled on to the oasis of Elim, where they found twelve springs and seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the water.

    • 1 corinthians 10:6-13

      6 These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, 7 or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.” 8 And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.

      9 Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. 10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. 11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.

      12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

    • psalm 107:1-16

      1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

          His faithful love endures forever.

      2 Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!

          Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.

      3 For he has gathered the exiles from many lands,

          from east and west,

          from north and south.

      4 Some wandered in the wilderness,

          lost and homeless.

      5 Hungry and thirsty,

          they nearly died.

      6 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,

          and he rescued them from their distress.

      7 He led them straight to safety,

          to a city where they could live.

      8 Let them praise the Lord for his great love

          and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

      9 For he satisfies the thirsty

          and fills the hungry with good things.

      10 Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom,

          imprisoned in iron chains of misery.

      11 They rebelled against the words of God,

          scorning the counsel of the Most High.

      12 That is why he broke them with hard labor;

          they fell, and no one was there to help them.

      13 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,

          and he saved them from their distress.

      14 He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom;

          he snapped their chains.

      15 Let them praise the Lord for his great love

          and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

      16 For he broke down their prison gates of bronze;

          he cut apart their bars of iron.

    • matthew 5:33-48

      Teaching about Vows

      33 “You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the Lord.’ 34 But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne. 35 And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. 36 Do not even say, ‘By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. 37 Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.


      Teaching about Revenge

      38 “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. 40 If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. 41 If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. 42 Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.


      Teaching about Love for Enemies

      43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

    • 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.

    • isaiah 43:8-13

      8 Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind,

          who have ears but are deaf.

      9 Gather the nations together!

          Assemble the peoples of the world!

      Which of their idols has ever foretold such things?

          Which can predict what will happen tomorrow?

      Where are the witnesses of such predictions?

          Who can verify that they spoke the truth?

      10 “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the Lord.

          “You are my servant.

      You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,

          and understand that I alone am God.

      There is no other God—

          there never has been, and there never will be.

      11 I, yes I, am the Lord,

          and there is no other Savior.

      12 First I predicted your rescue,

          then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world.

      No foreign god has ever done this.

          You are witnesses that I am the only God,”

          says the Lord.

      13 “From eternity to eternity I am God.

          No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.

          No one can undo what I have done.”

    • acts 2:14-24

      Peter Preaches to the Crowd


      14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:

      17 ‘In the last days,’ God says,

          ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.

      Your sons and daughters will prophesy.

          Your young men will see visions,

          and your old men will dream dreams.

      18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit

          even on my servants—men and women alike—

          and they will prophesy.

      19 And I will cause wonders in the heavens above

          and signs on the earth below—

          blood and fire and clouds of smoke.

      20 The sun will become dark,

          and the moon will turn blood red

          before that great and glorious day of the Lordarrives.

      21 But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord

          will be saved.’

      22 “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. 23 But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. 24 But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.


    • psalm 119:9-16

      9 How can a young person stay pure?

          By obeying your word.

      10 I have tried hard to find you—

          don’t let me wander from your commands.

      11 I have hidden your word in my heart,

          that I might not sin against you.

      12 I praise you, O Lord;

          teach me your decrees.

      13 I have recited aloud

          all the regulations you have given us.

      14 I have rejoiced in your laws

          as much as in riches.

      15 I will study your commandments

          and reflect on your ways.

      16 I will delight in your decrees

          and not forget your word.

    • matthew 6:1-4

      1 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

    • proverbs 9:7-12

      7 Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return.

          Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.

      8 So don’t bother correcting mockers;

          they will only hate you.

      But correct the wise,

          and they will love you.

      9 Instruct the wise,

          and they will be even wiser.

      Teach the righteous,

          and they will learn even more.

      10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.

          Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.

      11 Wisdom will multiply your days

          and add years to your life.

      12 If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.

          If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.

    • 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

      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 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.