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2 Then the voice that I had heard speaking from heaven spoke to me again, saying, "Go and take the open scroll which is in the hand of the angel standing on the sea and on the land." I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, "Take it and eat it; it will turn sour in your stomach, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey." I took the little scroll from his hand and ate it, and it tasted sweet as honey in my mouth. But after I swallowed it, it turned sour in my stomach. Then I was told, "Once again you must proclaim God's message about many nations, races, languages, and kings." Rev 10:8-11

3 "Mortal man, listen to what I tell you. Don't be rebellious like them. Open your mouth and eat what I am going to give you." I saw a hand reaching out toward me, and it was holding a scroll. The hand unrolled the scroll, and I saw that there was writing on both sides---cries of grief were written there, and wails and groans. God said, "Mortal man, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. He said, "Mortal man, eat this scroll that I give you; fill your stomach with it." I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey. Then God said, "Mortal man, go to the people of Israel and say to them whatever I tell you to say. Ezek 2:8 – 3:4

4 There are many reason why people read Scripture and these reasons affect how we read Scripture

5 HOW DO WE READ OUR BIBLE ? Some are fascinated by the intellectual challenges posed by the Bible Others who read Scripture for more practical reasons – for guidance as to how to life well and how to avoid trouble Some read the bible for inspiration or comfort or even hope Some read Scripture for spiritual upliftment WE ALL COME TO THE BILE FROM EITHER ONE OR ALL OF THE ABOVE WAYS WE ALL COME TO THE BIBLE IN SINCERITY

6 HOW DO WE READ OUR BIBLE ? BUT !!!!!!! BUT !!!!!!! “ It is possible to read the Bible from a number of different angles and for various purposes WITHOUT DEALING WITH GOD AS HE REVEALED HIMSELF, without setting ourselves under the authority of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who is alive and present in everything we are and do. To put it bluntly, not everyone who gets interested in the Bible and even gets excited about the Bible wants to get involved with God” Eugene Peterson EAT THIS BOOK : 30

7 HOW DO WE READ OUR BIBLE ? CS Lewis wrote, in the last book he ever wrote that there are two kinds of reading. “There is the reading in which we use a book for our own purposes. And there is the reading in which we receive the authors purposes. The first ensures only bad reading; the second opens the possibility of good reading.” CS Lewis quote pg 30

8 HOW DO WE READ OUR BIBLE ? A NEW DANGER Unlike the depersonalised reading of the text we have touched on, we can also read Scripture from very personalised way but which is at odds with what is achieved while reading Scripture in submission to the the authority of the Holy Spirit

9 HOW DO WE READ OUR BIBLE ? CS Lewis wrote, in the last book he ever wrote that there are two kinds of reading. “There is the reading in which we use a book for our own purposes. And there is the reading in which we receive the authors purposes. The first ensures only bad reading; the second opens the possibility of good reading.” CS Lewis quote pg 30

10 HOW DO WE READ OUR BIBLE ? We come to Scripture from our own authority and of ourselves being in charge and authority for our own spiritual development and ourselves as being in charge for ourselves We come to Scripture from the individualised position of our wants, needs and feelings

11 HOW DO WE READ OUR BIBLE ? We are essentially profoundly self- centered and arrogant From the youngest of ages we learn from role-models and are taught to choose for ourselves what is best for us We are taught that we have a say in the formation of our lives and, within certain boundaries, the decisive say in our lives We Lord it over our own lives and destinies and in the process current psychological wisdom and the media confirm and affirm the sovereignty of our needs, wants and feelings And so these three rule as sovereign in our lives – our needs, wants and feelings

12 HOW DO WE READ OUR BIBLE ? OUR NEEDS are non-negotiable – our need for fulfillment, expression, affirmation, sexual satisfaction, respect, to get my own way. Our so-called individual rights are fundamental to my identity MY WANTS are evidence of my expanding sense of kingdom. I train myself to think big because I am big, important, significant. I am larger than life and so require more and more goods and services, more things and more power. I have to consume and acquire. MY FEELINGS are the truth of who I am. Anything or person who can provide me with ecstasy, excitement, joy and stimulus with psychological or spiritual connection validates my sovereignty. This involves gurus, therapists, travel agents, gadgets, recreations and entertainments to cast out the devils of boredom or loss or discontent – all the feelings that undermine or challenge my self-sovereignty THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR NEEDS, WANTS AND FEELINGS ARE CONFIRMED BY HOSTS OF NEW SPIRITUAL MASTERS – SCIENTISTS, ECONOMISTS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, POETS, WRITERS, EDUCATORS AND ACTORS

13 HOW DO WE READ OUR BIBLE ? We come to Scripture from our own authority and of ourselves being in charge and authority for our own spiritual development and ourselves as being in charge for ourselves We come to Scripture from the individualised position of our wants, needs and feelings

14 HOW DO WE READ OUR BIBLE ? “The danger of installing the self as the authoritative text for living, at the same time we are honouring the Holy Scriptures by giving them a prominent place on the shelf, is both enormous and insidious.” Peterson EAT THIS BOOK : 34

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16 The antique use of Lectio Divina is a manner of readng the Bible and with the Holy Scripture which enables us to meet God in Scripture, or better still, to open ourselves up to His work in our lives. Lectio divina is the Latin term meaning divine reading or holy reading. We could interpret it as meaning Godly reading or the spiritual rading of the Bible. This art, which was rediscovered in the last few years, is a means whereby we allow Scripture to be God meant it to be : a medium through which we meet God. The Bible is not an information book about God or God ’ s will. The Bible is God ’ s word (Word) to us. The purpose of God ’ s Word is conversation and the meeting with us. The purpose of reading the Bible can be nothing other than us personally meeting the Lord Jesus and allowing Him, through the work of the Holy Spirit, to change our lives according to His will. Lectio Divina is a practical and dynamic method to help us in this process. For this reason lectio divina can be described as “ a way of reading that becomes a way of living. ”

17 The purpose of lectio devina is not to follow a method of reading the Bible like a slave. The purpose to to meet God. Often we will not be able to follow all four steps in the process. When we become aware of the Lord speaking to us we need to stop and take the time to listen to Him. This method must not be seen and handled like a straight-line process where every every step always and precisely follows the previous one. Rather it is like a spiral where all four elements are constantly present and play a role in different orders. The important point is that all four elements need constantly play a role and that not one must be practiced as a isolated element from the others.

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21 LECTIO READING LEARNING TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD The reason is that the purpose behind this step is not to “know” but to “hear” the Word of God. The process of listening differs substantially from the process of reading and lection assists us to start hearing the Word again. Although the first step entails reading, we would rather think about it in terms of “hearing.” The art of lectio is to “hear” while we are “reading.” We are reading the text seeking to meet with God. This is an exceptional way of reading – it is reading ‘with the ear of our hearts’ (St. Benedict

22 LECTIO READING  read the text slowly with attention  try to open ourselves for the possibility that God want to speak to us now through His Word, that He wants to touch us and address us and change us through His Word.

23 LECTIO READING WORDS OR PHRASES THAT STRIKE US  Underline words and phrases that either strike you and cause you to wonder or think.  Take note of thoughts that come to mind.  After that you can perhaps read something that explains the text and compare this with your first thoughts about the text.

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28 “Meditation moves from looking at the words of the text to entering the world of the text. As we take the text into ourselves, we find that the text is taking us into itself. Meditatio is letting the images and stories of the entire revelation penetrate our understanding.” (Eugene Peterson, p99)

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37 The last step in lectio is contemplatio. It is a time of rest – a being restful in God’s Word. Although it may appear so contemplatio is not meerly a passive action. It is a rest wherein we internalise in our spirit that which we have read, experienced and prayed about.

38 CONTEMPLATO It is here that God comes and makes us aware of His way and purpose for us. It is here that lays lays upon our hearts His will for us, where He changed us from the inside through His Word and Spirit. This change from the inside asks to be lived out. It demands for action and change in thought and way of life

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