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

  • Exodus 40:16-38

    16 Moses proceeded to do everything just as the Lord had commanded him. 17 So the Tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month of the second year. 18 Moses erected the Tabernacle by setting down its bases, inserting the frames, attaching the crossbars, and setting up the posts. 19 Then he spread the coverings over the Tabernacle framework and put on the protective layers, just as the Lord had commanded him.

    20 He took the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant and placed them inside the Ark. Then he attached the carrying poles to the Ark, and he set the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—on top of it. 21 Then he brought the Ark of the Covenant into the Tabernacle and hung the inner curtain to shield it from view, just as the Lord had commanded him.

    22 Next Moses placed the table in the Tabernacle, along the north side of the Holy Place, just outside the inner curtain. 23 And he arranged the Bread of the Presence on the table before the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded him.

    24 He set the lampstand in the Tabernacle across from the table on the south side of the Holy Place. 25 Then he lit the lamps in the Lord’s presence, just as the Lord had commanded him.26 He also placed the gold incense altar in the Tabernacle, in the Holy Place in front of the inner curtain. 27 On it he burned the fragrant incense, just as the Lord had commanded him.

    28 He hung the curtain at the entrance of the Tabernacle, 29 and he placed the altar of burnt offering near the Tabernacle entrance. On it he offered a burnt offering and a grain offering, just as the Lord had commanded him.

    30 Next Moses placed the washbasin between the Tabernacle and the altar. He filled it with water so the priests could wash themselves. 31 Moses and Aaron and Aaron’s sons used water from it to wash their hands and feet. 32 Whenever they approached the altar and entered the Tabernacle, they washed themselves, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

    33 Then he hung the curtains forming the courtyard around the Tabernacle and the altar. And he set up the curtain at the entrance of the courtyard. So at last Moses finished the work.
    The Lord’s Glory Fills the Tabernacle

    34 Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.35 Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.

    36 Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. 37 But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted.38 The cloud of the Lord hovered over the Tabernacle during the day, and at night fire glowed inside the cloud so the whole family of Israel could see it. This continued throughout all their journeys.

  • Acts 26:19-29

    19 “And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision from heaven. 20 I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do.21 Some Jews arrested me in the Temple for preaching this, and they tried to kill me. 22 But God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest. I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen— 23 that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, and in this way announce God’s light to Jews and Gentiles alike.”

    24 Suddenly, Festus shouted, “Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!”

    25 But Paul replied, “I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. What I am saying is the sober truth.26 And King Agrippa knows about these things. I speak boldly, for I am sure these events are all familiar to him, for they were not done in a corner! 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do—”

    28 Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?”

    29 Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.”

  • Psalm 29

    1 Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings;

       honor the Lord for his glory and strength.

    2 Honor the Lord for the glory of his name.

       Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

    3 The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea.

       The God of glory thunders.

       The Lord thunders over the mighty sea.

    4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;

       the voice of the Lord is majestic.

    5 The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars;

       the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.

    6 He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf;

       he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.

    7 The voice of the Lord strikes

       with bolts of lightning.

    8 The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake;

       the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

    9 The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks

       and strips the forests bare.

    In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”

    10 The Lord rules over the floodwaters.

       The Lord reigns as king forever.

    11 The Lord gives his people strength.

       The Lord blesses them with peace.

  • Luke 9:18-27

    Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

    18 One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

    19 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead.”

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

    Peter replied, “You are the Messiah sent from God!”

    Jesus Predicts His Death

    21 Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was. 22 “The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

    23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 25 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed? 26 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. 27 I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God.”

  • Proverbs 8:1-9

    1 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.

  • Joel 2:18-29

    18 Then the Lord will pity his people

       and jealously guard the honor of his land.

    19 The Lord will reply,

    “Look! I am sending you grain and new wine and olive oil,

       enough to satisfy your needs.

    You will no longer be an object of mockery

       among the surrounding nations.

    20 I will drive away these armies from the north.

       I will send them into the parched wastelands.

    Those in the front will be driven into the Dead Sea,

       and those at the rear into the Mediterranean.

    The stench of their rotting bodies will rise over the land.”

    Surely the Lord has done great things!

    21  Don’t be afraid, O land.

    Be glad now and rejoice,

       for the Lord has done great things.

    22 Don’t be afraid, you animals of the field,

       for the wilderness pastures will soon be green.

    The trees will again be filled with fruit;

       fig trees and grapevines will be loaded down once more.

    23 Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem!

       Rejoice in the Lord your God!

    For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness.

       Once more the autumn rains will come,

       as well as the rains of spring.

    24 The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain,

       and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil.

    25 The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost

       to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts,

    the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts.

       It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.

    26 Once again you will have all the food you want,

       and you will praise the Lord your God,

    who does these miracles for you.

       Never again will my people be disgraced.

    27 Then you will know that I am among my people Israel,

       that I am the Lord your God, and there is no other.

       Never again will my people be disgraced.

    The Lord’s Promise of His Spirit

    28 “Then, after doing all those things,

       I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.

    Your sons and daughters will prophesy.

       Your old men will dream dreams,

       and your young men will see visions.

    29 In those days I will pour out my Spirit

       even on servants—men and women alike.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:12-16

    12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

    13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For,

    “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?

       Who knows enough to teach him?”

    But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

  • Psalm 48

    1 How great is the Lord,

       how deserving of praise,

    in the city of our God,

       which sits on his holy mountain!

    2 It is high and magnificent;

       the whole earth rejoices to see it!

    Mount Zion, the holy mountain,

       is the city of the great King!

    3 God himself is in Jerusalem’s towers,

       revealing himself as its defender.

    4 The kings of the earth joined forces

       and advanced against the city.

    5 But when they saw it, they were stunned;

       they were terrified and ran away.

    6 They were gripped with terror

       and writhed in pain like a woman in labor.

    7 You destroyed them like the mighty ships of Tarshish

       shattered by a powerful east wind.

    8 We had heard of the city’s glory,

       but now we have seen it ourselves—

       the city of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

    It is the city of our God;

       he will make it safe forever. Interlude

    9 O God, we meditate on your unfailing love

       as we worship in your Temple.

    10 As your name deserves, O God,

       you will be praised to the ends of the earth.

       Your strong right hand is filled with victory.

    11 Let the people on Mount Zion rejoice.

       Let all the towns of Judah be glad

       because of your justice.

    12 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem.

       Walk around and count the many towers.

    13 Take note of the fortified walls,

       and tour all the citadels,

    that you may describe them

       to future generations.

    14 For that is what God is like.

       He is our God forever and ever,

       and he will guide us until we die.

  • Luke 2:41-52

    41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. 42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. 43 After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, 44 because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends.

    45 When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. 46 Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 47 All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

    48 His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.”

    49 “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they didn’t understand what he meant.

    51 Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart.

    52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.

  • 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 56:9-12

    9 Come, wild animals of the field!

       Come, wild animals of the forest!

       Come and devour my people!

    10 For the leaders of my people—

       the Lord’s watchmen, his shepherds—

       are blind and ignorant.

    They are like silent watchdogs

       that give no warning when danger comes.

    They love to lie around, sleeping and dreaming.

    11 Like greedy dogs, they are never satisfied.

    They are ignorant shepherds,

       all following their own path

       and intent on personal gain.

    12 “Come,” they say, “let’s get some wine and have a party.

       Let’s all get drunk.

    Then tomorrow we’ll do it again

       and have an even bigger party!”

  • Ephesians 4:7-16

    7 However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. 8 That is why the Scriptures say,

    “When he ascended to the heights,

       he led a crowd of captives

       and gave gifts to his people.”

    9 Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. 10 And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.

    11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

    14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

  • Psalm 124

    1 What if the Lord had not been on our side?

       Let all Israel repeat:

    2 What if the Lord had not been on our side

       when people attacked us?

    3 They would have swallowed us alive

       in their burning anger.

    4 The waters would have engulfed us;

       a torrent would have overwhelmed us.

    5 Yes, the raging waters of their fury

       would have overwhelmed our very lives.

    6 Praise the Lord,

       who did not let their teeth tear us apart!

    7 We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap.

       The trap is broken, and we are free!

    8 Our help is from the Lord,

       who made heaven and earth.

  • Luke 9:21-27

    21 Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was. 22 “The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

    23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 25 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed? 26 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. 27 I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God.”

  • 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.”

  • 2 Kings 9:1-13

    1 Meanwhile, Elisha the prophet had summoned a member of the group of prophets. “Get ready to travel,” he told him, “and take this flask of olive oil with you. Go to Ramoth-gilead, 2 and find Jehu son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi. Call him into a private room away from his friends,3 and pour the oil over his head. Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: I anoint you to be the king over Israel.’ Then open the door and run for your life!”

    4 So the young prophet did as he was told and went to Ramoth-gilead. 5 When he arrived there, he found Jehu sitting around with the other army officers. “I have a message for you, Commander,” he said.

    “For which one of us?” Jehu asked.

    “For you, Commander,” he replied.

    6 So Jehu left the others and went into the house. Then the young prophet poured the oil over Jehu’s head and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anoint you king over the Lord’s people, Israel. 7 You are to destroy the family of Ahab, your master. In this way, I will avenge the murder of my prophets and all the Lord’s servants who were killed by Jezebel. 8 The entire family of Ahab must be wiped out. I will destroy every one of his male descendants, slave and free alike, anywhere in Israel. 9 I will destroy the family of Ahab as I destroyed the families of Jeroboam son of Nebat and of Baasha son of Ahijah. 10 Dogs will eat Ahab’s wife Jezebel at the plot of land in Jezreel, and no one will bury her.” Then the young prophet opened the door and ran.

    11 Jehu went back to his fellow officers, and one of them asked him, “What did that madman want? Is everything all right?”

    “You know how a man like that babbles on,” Jehu replied.

    12 “You’re hiding something,” they said. “Tell us.”

    So Jehu told them, “He said to me, ‘This is what the Lord says: I have anointed you to be king over Israel.’”

    13 Then they quickly spread out their cloaks on the bare steps and blew the ram’s horn, shouting, “Jehu is king!”

  • Ephesians 2:11-22

    Oneness and Peace in Christ

    11 Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. 12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. 13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

    14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

    17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. 18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

    A Temple for the Lord

    19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

  • Psalm 64

    1 O God, listen to my complaint. Protect my life from my enemies’ threats.

    2 Hide me from the plots of this evil mob, from this gang of wrongdoers.

    3 They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows.

    4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent, attacking suddenly and fearlessly.

    5 They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret. “Who will ever notice?” they ask.

    6 As they plot their crimes, they say, “We have devised the perfect plan!” Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.

    7 But God himself will shoot them with his arrows, suddenly striking them down.

    8 Their own tongues will ruin them, and all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.

    9 Then everyone will be afraid; they will proclaim the mighty acts of God and realize all the amazing things he does.

    10 The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in him. And those who do what is right will praise him.

  • Luke 9:37-43a

    Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

    37 The next day, after they had come down the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus. 38 A man in the crowd called out to him, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, my only child. 39 An evil spirit keeps seizing him, making him scream. It throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It batters him and hardly ever leaves him alone. 40 I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit, but they couldn’t do it.”

    41 Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you and put up with you?” Then he said to the man, “Bring your son here.”

    42 As the boy came forward, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a violent convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and healed the boy. Then he gave him back to his father. 43 Awe gripped the people as they saw this majestic display of God’s power.

  • Proverbs 9:1-6

    1 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.”