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?

    • Luke 20:1-19

      1 One day as Jesus was teaching the people and preaching the Good News in the Temple, the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders came up to him. 2 They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?”

      3 “Let me ask you a question first,” he replied. 4 “Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human?”

      5 They talked it over among themselves. “If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn’t believe John. 6 But if we say it was merely human, the people will stone us because they are convinced John was a prophet.” 7 So they finally replied that they didn’t know.

      8 And Jesus responded, “Then I won’t tell you by what authority I do these things.”

      9 Now Jesus turned to the people again and told them this story: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and moved to another country to live for several years. 10 At the time of the grape harvest, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop. But the farmers attacked the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed. 11 So the owner sent another servant, but they also insulted him, beat him up, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 A third man was sent, and they wounded him and chased him away.

      13 “‘What will I do?’ the owner asked himself. ‘I know! I’ll send my cherished son. Surely they will respect him.’

      14 “But when the tenant farmers saw his son, they said to each other, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ 15 So they dragged him out of the vineyard and murdered him.

      “What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do to them?” Jesus asked. 16 “I’ll tell you—he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others.”

      “How terrible that such a thing should ever happen,” his listeners protested.

      17 Jesus looked at them and said, “Then what does this Scripture mean?

      ‘The stone that the builders rejected

          has now become the cornerstone.’

      18 Everyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on.”

      19 The teachers of religious law and the leading priests wanted to arrest Jesus immediately because they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the people’s reaction.

    • Proverbs 25:18-28

      18 Telling lies about others

          is as harmful as hitting them with an ax,

      wounding them with a sword,

          or shooting them with a sharp arrow.

      19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble

          is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.

      20 Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart

          is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather

          or pouring vinegar in a wound.

      21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.

          If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.

      22 You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads,

          and the Lord will reward you.

      23 As surely as a north wind brings rain,

          so a gossiping tongue causes anger!

      24 It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic

          than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

      25 Good news from far away

          is like cold water to the thirsty.

      26 If the godly give in to the wicked,

          it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.

      27 It’s not good to eat too much honey,

          and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself.

      28 A person without self-control

          is like a city with broken-down walls.

    • Isaiah 24:1-6a

      1 Look! The Lord is about to destroy the earth

          and make it a vast wasteland.

      He devastates the surface of the earth

          and scatters the people.

      2 Priests and laypeople,

          servants and masters,

          maids and mistresses,

          buyers and sellers,

          lenders and borrowers,

          bankers and debtors—none will be spared.

      3 The earth will be completely emptied and looted.

          The Lord has spoken!

      4 The earth mourns and dries up,

          and the land wastes away and withers.

          Even the greatest people on earth waste away.

      5 The earth suffers for the sins of its people,

          for they have twisted God’s instructions,

      violated his laws,

          and broken his everlasting covenant.

      6 Therefore, a curse consumes the earth.

          Its people must pay the price for their sin.

      They are destroyed by fire,

          and only a few are left alive.

    • Romans 15:14-21

      14 I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them. 15 Even so, I have been bold enough to write about some of these points, knowing that all you need is this reminder. For by God’s grace, 16 I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit. 17 So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God. 18 Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me, bringing the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I worked among them. 19 They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God’s Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum. 20 My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. 21 I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says,

      “Those who have never been told about him will see,

          and those who have never heard of him will understand.

    • Psalm 21

      1 How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord!

          He shouts with joy because you give him victory.

      2 For you have given him his heart’s desire;

          you have withheld nothing he requested. 

      3 You welcomed him back with success and prosperity.

          You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.

      4 He asked you to preserve his life,

          and you granted his request.

          The days of his life stretch on forever.

      5 Your victory brings him great honor,

          and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty.

      6 You have endowed him with eternal blessings

          and given him the joy of your presence.

      7 For the king trusts in the Lord.

          The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.

      8 You will capture all your enemies.

          Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you.

      9 You will throw them in a flaming furnace

          when you appear.

      The Lord will consume them in his anger;

          fire will devour them.

      10 You will wipe their children from the face of the earth;

          they will never have descendants.

      11 Although they plot against you,

          their evil schemes will never succeed.

      12 For they will turn and run

          when they see your arrows aimed at them.

      13 Rise up, O Lord, in all your power.

          With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.

    • Luke 20:20-26

      20 Watching for their opportunity, the leaders sent spies pretending to be honest men. They tried to get Jesus to say something that could be reported to the Roman governor so he would arrest Jesus. 21 “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You teach the way of God truthfully. 22 Now tell us—is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

      23 He saw through their trickery and said, 24 “Show me a Roman coin. Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”

      “Caesar’s,” they replied.

      25 “Well then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

      26 So they failed to trap him by what he said in front of the people. Instead, they were amazed by his answer, and they became silent.

    • Proverbs 26:17-28

      17 Interfering in someone else’s argument

          is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.

      18 Just as damaging

          as a madman shooting a deadly weapon

      19 is someone who lies to a friend

          and then says, “I was only joking.”

      20 Fire goes out without wood,

          and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.

      21 A quarrelsome person starts fights

          as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.

      22 Rumors are dainty morsels

          that sink deep into one’s heart.

      23 Smooth words may hide a wicked heart,

          just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.

      24 People may cover their hatred with pleasant words,

          but they’re deceiving you.

      25 They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them.

          Their hearts are full of many evils.

      26 While their hatred may be concealed by trickery,

          their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.

      27 If you set a trap for others,

          you will get caught in it yourself.

      If you roll a boulder down on others,

          it will crush you instead.

      28 A lying tongue hates its victims,

          and flattering words cause ruin.

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    • Isaiah 29:17-24

      17 Soon—and it will not be very long—

          the forests of Lebanon will become a fertile field,

          and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.

      18 In that day the deaf will hear words read from a book,

          and the blind will see through the gloom and darkness.

      19 The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord.

          The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

      20 The scoffer will be gone,

          the arrogant will disappear,

          and those who plot evil will be killed.

      21 Those who convict the innocent

          by their false testimony will disappear.

      A similar fate awaits those who use trickery to pervert justice

          and who tell lies to destroy the innocent.

      22 That is why the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the people of Israel,[a]

      “My people will no longer be ashamed

          or turn pale with fear.

      23 For when they see their many children

          and all the blessings I have given them,

      they will recognize the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob.

          They will stand in awe of the God of Israel.

      24 Then the wayward will gain understanding,

          and complainers will accept instruction.

    • Jude 1:17-25

      17 But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted. 18 They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. 19 These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.

      20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

      22 And you must show mercy to[b] those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.

      24 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. 25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

    • Psalm 42

      1 As the deer longs for streams of water,

          so I long for you, O God.

      2 I thirst for God, the living God.

          When can I go and stand before him?

      3 Day and night I have only tears for food,

          while my enemies continually taunt me, saying,

          “Where is this God of yours?”

      4 My heart is breaking

          as I remember how it used to be:

      I walked among the crowds of worshipers,

          leading a great procession to the house of God,

      singing for joy and giving thanks

          amid the sound of a great celebration!

      5 Why am I discouraged?

          Why is my heart so sad?

      I will put my hope in God!

          I will praise him again—

          my Savior and 6 my God!

      Now I am deeply discouraged,

          but I will remember you—

      even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,

          from the land of Mount Mizar.

      7 I hear the tumult of the raging seas

          as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.

      8 But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,

          and through each night I sing his songs,

          praying to God who gives me life.

      9 “O God my rock,” I cry,

          “Why have you forgotten me?

      Why must I wander around in grief,

          oppressed by my enemies?”

      10 Their taunts break my bones.

          They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

      11 Why am I discouraged?

          Why is my heart so sad?

      I will put my hope in God!

          I will praise him again—

          my Savior and my God!

    • Luke 1:26-38

      26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

      29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

      34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

      35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.”

      38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

    • Proverbs 27:1-6

      1 Don’t brag about tomorrow,

          since you don’t know what the day will bring.

      2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—

          a stranger, not your own lips.

      3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,

          but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.

      4 Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood,

          but jealousy is even more dangerous.

      5 An open rebuke

          is better than hidden love!

      6 Wounds from a sincere friend

          are better than many kisses from an enemy.

    • 1 Samuel 2:1-10

      1 Then Hannah prayed:

      “My heart rejoices in the Lord!

          The Lord has made me strong.

      Now I have an answer for my enemies;

          I rejoice because you rescued me.

      2 No one is holy like the Lord!

          There is no one besides you;

          there is no Rock like our God.

      3 “Stop acting so proud and haughty!

          Don’t speak with such arrogance!

      For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done;

          he will judge your actions.

      4 The bow of the mighty is now broken,

          and those who stumbled are now strong.

      5 Those who were well fed are now starving,

          and those who were starving are now full.

      The childless woman now has seven children,

          and the woman with many children wastes away.

      6 The Lord gives both death and life;

          he brings some down to the grave but raises others up.

      7 The Lord makes some poor and others rich;

          he brings some down and lifts others up.

      8 He lifts the poor from the dust

          and the needy from the garbage dump.

      He sets them among princes,

          placing them in seats of honor.

      For all the earth is the Lord’s,

          and he has set the world in order.

      9 “He will protect his faithful ones,

          but the wicked will disappear in darkness.

      No one will succeed by strength alone.

      10 Those who fight against the Lord will be shattered.

      He thunders against them from heaven;

          the Lord judges throughout the earth.

      He gives power to his king;

          he increases the strength[c] of his anointed one.”

    • Galatians 4:21-5:1

      21 Tell me, you who want to live under the law, do you know what the law actually says? 22 The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave wife and one from his freeborn wife. 23 The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise.

      24 These two women serve as an illustration of God’s two covenants. The first woman, Hagar, represents Mount Sinai where people received the law that enslaved them. 25 And now Jerusalem is just like Mount Sinai in Arabia, because she and her children live in slavery to the law. 26 But the other woman, Sarah, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the free woman, and she is our mother. 27 As Isaiah said,

      “Rejoice, O childless woman,

          you who have never given birth!

      Break into a joyful shout,

          you who have never been in labor!

      For the desolate woman now has more children

          than the woman who lives with her husband!”

      28 And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac. 29 But you are now being persecuted by those who want you to keep the law, just as Ishmael, the child born by human effort, persecuted Isaac, the child born by the power of the Spirit.

      30 But what do the Scriptures say about that? “Get rid of the slave and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” 31 So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.

      1 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.

    • 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.

    • Luke 1:39-56

      39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

      42 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44 When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

      46 Mary responded,

      “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.

      47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!

      48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,

          and from now on all generations will call me blessed.

      49 For the Mighty One is holy,

          and he has done great things for me.

      50 He shows mercy from generation to generation

          to all who fear him.

      51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!

          He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.

      52 He has brought down princes from their thrones

          and exalted the humble.

      53 He has filled the hungry with good things

          and sent the rich away with empty hands.

      54 He has helped his servant Israel

          and remembered to be merciful.

      55 For he made this promise to our ancestors,

          to Abraham and his children forever.”

      56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home.

    • Proverbs 28:13-14

      13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper,

          but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

      14 Blessed are those who fear to do wrong,[a]

          but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.

    • 1 Kings 3:1-5

      1 Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and married one of his daughters. He brought her to live in the City of David until he could finish building his palace and the Temple of the Lord and the wall around the city. 2 At that time the people of Israel sacrificed their offerings at local places of worship, for a temple honoring the name of the Lord had not yet been built.

      3 Solomon loved the Lord and followed all the decrees of his father, David, except that Solomon, too, offered sacrifices and burned incense at the local places of worship. 4 The most important of these places of worship was at Gibeon, so the king went there and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings. 5 That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”

    • 1 John 5:1-12

      Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

      6 And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross—not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony. 7 So we have these three witnesses— 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree. 9 Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. 10 All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son.

      11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

    • Psalm 148

      1 Praise the Lord!

      Praise the Lord from the heavens!

          Praise him from the skies!

      2 Praise him, all his angels!

          Praise him, all the armies of heaven!

      3 Praise him, sun and moon!

          Praise him, all you twinkling stars!

      4 Praise him, skies above!

          Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!

      5 Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,

          for he issued his command, and they came into being.

      6 He set them in place forever and ever.

          His decree will never be revoked.

      7 Praise the Lord from the earth,

          you creatures of the ocean depths,

      8 fire and hail, snow and clouds,[a]

          wind and weather that obey him,

      9 mountains and all hills,

          fruit trees and all cedars,

      10 wild animals and all livestock,

          small scurrying animals and birds,

      11 kings of the earth and all people,

          rulers and judges of the earth,

      12 young men and young women,

          old men and children.

      13 Let them all praise the name of the Lord.

          For his name is very great;

          his glory towers over the earth and heaven!

      14 He has made his people strong,

          honoring his faithful ones—

          the people of Israel who are close to him.

      Praise the Lord!

    • Luke 21:1-4

      1 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. 2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.

      3 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. 4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

    • Proverbs 29:20-25

      20 There is more hope for a fool

          than for someone who speaks without thinking.

      21 A servant pampered from childhood

          will become a rebel.

      22 An angry person starts fights;

          a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.

      23 Pride ends in humiliation,

          while humility brings honor.

      24 If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself.

          You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify.

      25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap,

          but trusting the Lord means safety.