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?

    • 1 SAMUEL 2:11-17

      11 Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel. And the boy served the Lord by assisting Eli the priest.

      12 Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord 13 or for their duties as priests. Whenever anyone offered a sacrifice, Eli’s sons would send over a servant with a three-pronged fork. While the meat of the sacrificed animal was still boiling, 14 the servant would stick the fork into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli’s sons. All the Israelites who came to worship at Shiloh were treated this way. 15 Sometimes the servant would come even before the animal’s fat had been burned on the altar. He would demand raw meat before it had been boiled so that it could be used for roasting.

      16 The man offering the sacrifice might reply, “Take as much as you want, but the fat must be burned first.” Then the servant would demand, “No, give it to me now, or I’ll take it by force.” 17 So the sin of these young men was very serious in the Lord’s sight, for they treated the Lord’s offerings with contempt.

    • ACTS 15:1-5, 22-25

      1 While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers[a]: “Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 Paul and Barnabas disagreed with them, arguing vehemently. Finally, the church decided to send Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk to the apostles and elders about this question. 3 The church sent the delegates to Jerusalem, and they stopped along the way in Phoenicia and Samaria to visit the believers. They told them—much to everyone’s joy—that the Gentiles, too, were being converted.

      4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, Barnabas and Paul were welcomed by the whole church, including the apostles and elders. They reported everything God had done through them. 5 But then some of the believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and insisted, “The Gentile converts must be circumcised and required to follow the law of Moses.”


      22 Then the apostles and elders together with the whole church in Jerusalem chose delegates, and they sent them to Antioch of Syria with Paul and Barnabas to report on this decision. The men chosen were two of the church leaders—Judas (also called Barsabbas) and Silas. 23 This is the letter they took with them:


      “This letter is from the apostles and elders, your brothers in Jerusalem. It is written to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia. Greetings!


      24 “We understand that some men from here have troubled you and upset you with their teaching, but we did not send them! 25 So we decided, having come to complete agreement, to send you official representatives, along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

    • PSALM 99

      1 The Lord is king!

          Let the nations tremble!

      He sits on his throne between the cherubim.

          Let the whole earth quake!

      2 The Lord sits in majesty in Jerusalem,

          exalted above all the nations.

      3 Let them praise your great and awesome name.

          Your name is holy!

      4 Mighty King, lover of justice,

          you have established fairness.

      You have acted with justice

          and righteousness throughout Israel.

      5 Exalt the Lord our God!

          Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!

      6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests;

          Samuel also called on his name.

      They cried to the Lord for help,

          and he answered them.

      7 He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud,

          and they followed the laws and decrees he gave them.

      8 O Lord our God, you answered them.

          You were a forgiving God to them,

          but you punished them when they went wrong.

      9 Exalt the Lord our God,

          and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem,

          for the Lord our God is holy!

    • Mark 5:21-43

      21 Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22 Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, 23 pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”

      24 Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. 25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.

      30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”

      31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

      32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

      35 While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

      36 But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”

      37 Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

      40 The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. 41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. 43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.

    • proverbs 13

      1 A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline;

          a mocker refuses to listen to correction.

      2 Wise words will win you a good meal,

          but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.

      3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life;

          opening your mouth can ruin everything.

      4 Lazy people want much but get little,

          but those who work hard will prosper.

      5 The godly hate lies;

          the wicked cause shame and disgrace.

      6 Godliness guards the path of the blameless,

          but the evil are misled by sin.

      7 Some who are poor pretend to be rich;

          others who are rich pretend to be poor.

      8 The rich can pay a ransom for their lives,

          but the poor won’t even get threatened.

      9 The life of the godly is full of light and joy,

          but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

      10 Pride leads to conflict;

          those who take advice are wise.

      11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears;

          wealth from hard work grows over time.

      12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,

          but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.

      13 People who despise advice are asking for trouble;

          those who respect a command will succeed.

      14 The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain;

          those who accept it avoid the snares of death.

      15 A person with good sense is respected;

          a treacherous person is headed for destruction.

      16 Wise people think before they act;

          fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness.

      17 An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble,

          but a reliable messenger brings healing.

      18 If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace;

          if you accept correction, you will be honored.

      19 It is pleasant to see dreams come true,

          but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them.

      20 Walk with the wise and become wise;

          associate with fools and get in trouble.

      21 Trouble chases sinners,

          while blessings reward the righteous.

      22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren,

          but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.

      23 A poor person’s farm may produce much food,

          but injustice sweeps it all away.

      24 Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children.

          Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.

      25 The godly eat to their hearts’ content,

          but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.

    • 1 Samuel 8:1-21

      1 As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.

      4 Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. 5 “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”

      6 Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. 7 “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. 8 Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. 9 Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.”

      10 So Samuel passed on the Lord’s warning to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 “This is how a king will reign over you,” Samuel said. “The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots. 12 Some will be generals and captains in his army, some will be forced to plow in his fields and harvest his crops, and some will make his weapons and chariot equipment. 13 The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him. 14 He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his own officials. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your grape harvest and distribute it among his officers and attendants. 16 He will take your male and female slaves and demand the finest of your cattle[b] and donkeys for his own use. 17 He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the Lord will not help you.”

      19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said. 20 “We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”

      21 So Samuel repeated to the Lord what the people had said, 22 and the Lord replied, “Do as they say, and give them a king.” Then Samuel agreed and sent the people home.

    • revelation 20:7-15

      7 When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. 8 He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. 9 And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.

      10 Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

      11 And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave[a] gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

    • psalm 108

      1 My heart is confident in you, O God;

          no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart!

      2 Wake up, lyre and harp!

          I will wake the dawn with my song.

      3 I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.

          I will sing your praises among the nations.

      4 For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens.

          Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

      5 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.

          May your glory shine over all the earth.

      6 Now rescue your beloved people.

          Answer and save us by your power.

      7 God has promised this by his holiness:

      “I will divide up Shechem with joy.

          I will measure out the valley of Succoth.

      8 Gilead is mine,

          and Manasseh, too.

      Ephraim, my helmet, will produce my warriors,

          and Judah, my scepter, will produce my kings.

      9 But Moab, my washbasin, will become my servant,

          and I will wipe my feet on Edom

          and shout in triumph over Philistia.”

      10 Who will bring me into the fortified city?

          Who will bring me victory over Edom?

      11 Have you rejected us, O God?

          Will you no longer march with our armies?

      12 Oh, please help us against our enemies,

          for all human help is useless.

      13 With God’s help we will do mighty things,

          for he will trample down our foes.

    • Mark 6:1-13

      1 Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. 2 The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” 3 Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

      4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief.

      Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. 7 And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits. 8 He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money. 9 He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes.

      10 “Wherever you go,” he said, “stay in the same house until you leave town. 11 But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.”

      12 So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God. 13 And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.

    • PROVERBS 14:1-6

      1 A wise woman builds her home,

          but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

      2 Those who follow the right path fear the Lord;

          those who take the wrong path despise him.

      3 A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him,

          but the words of the wise keep them safe.

      4 Without oxen a stable stays clean,

          but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

      5 An honest witness does not lie;

          a false witness breathes lies.

      6 A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it,

          but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.

    • 1 samuel 15:10-23

      10 Then the Lord said to Samuel, 11 “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the Lord all night.

      12 Early the next morning Samuel went to find Saul. Someone told him, “Saul went to the town of Carmel to set up a monument to himself; then he went on to Gilgal.”

      13 When Samuel finally found him, Saul greeted him cheerfully. “May the Lord bless you,” he said. “I have carried out the Lord’s command!”

      14 “Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded.

      15 “It’s true that the army spared the best of the sheep, goats, and cattle,” Saul admitted. “But they are going to sacrifice them to the Lord your God. We have destroyed everything else.”

      16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! Listen to what the Lord told me last night!”

      “What did he tell you?” Saul asked.

      17 And Samuel told him, “Although you may think little of yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The Lord has anointed you king of Israel. 18 And the Lord sent you on a mission and told you, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.’ 19 Why haven’t you obeyed the Lord? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the Lord’s sight?”

      20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul insisted. “I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else. 21 Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”

      22 But Samuel replied,

      “What is more pleasing to the Lord:

          your burnt offerings and sacrifices

          or your obedience to his voice?

      Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,

          and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

      23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,

          and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.

      So because you have rejected the command of the Lord,

          he has rejected you as king.”

    • revelation 21:22-22:5

      22 I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. 24 The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory. 25 Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there. 26 And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city. 27 Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.


      1 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.

      3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. 4 And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.

    • 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.

    • MARK 6:14-29

      14 Herod Antipas, the king, soon heard about Jesus, because everyone was talking about him. Some were saying, “This must be John the Baptist raised from the dead. That is why he can do such miracles.” 15 Others said, “He’s the prophet Elijah.” Still others said, “He’s a prophet like the other great prophets of the past.”

      16 When Herod heard about Jesus, he said, “John, the man I beheaded, has come back from the dead.”

      17 For Herod had sent soldiers to arrest and imprison John as a favor to Herodias. She had been his brother Philip’s wife, but Herod had married her. 18 John had been telling Herod, “It is against God’s law for you to marry your brother’s wife.” 19 So Herodias bore a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But without Herod’s approval she was powerless, 20 for Herod respected John; and knowing that he was a good and holy man, he protected him. Herod was greatly disturbed whenever he talked with John, but even so, he liked to listen to him.

      21 Herodias’s chance finally came on Herod’s birthday. He gave a party for his high government officials, army officers, and the leading citizens of Galilee. 22 Then his daughter, also named Herodias, came in and performed a dance that greatly pleased Herod and his guests. “Ask me for anything you like,” the king said to the girl, “and I will give it to you.” 23 He even vowed, “I will give you whatever you ask, up to half my kingdom!”

      24 She went out and asked her mother, “What should I ask for?”

      Her mother told her, “Ask for the head of John the Baptist!”

      25 So the girl hurried back to the king and told him, “I want the head of John the Baptist, right now, on a tray!”

      26 Then the king deeply regretted what he had said; but because of the vows he had made in front of his guests, he couldn’t refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent an executioner to the prison to cut off John’s head and bring it to him. The soldier beheaded John in the prison, 28 brought his head on a tray, and gave it to the girl, who took it to her mother. 29 When John’s disciples heard what had happened, they came to get his body and buried it in a tomb.

    • proverbs 14:29-35

      29 People with understanding control their anger;

          a hot temper shows great foolishness.

      30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;

          jealousy is like cancer in the bones.

      31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,

          but helping the poor honors him.

      32 The wicked are crushed by disaster,

          but the godly have a refuge when they die.

      33 Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart;

          wisdom is not[a] found among fools.

      34 Godliness makes a nation great,

          but sin is a disgrace to any people.

      35 A king rejoices in wise servants

          but is angry with those who disgrace him.