Lectio Divina | Matthew 1:18–25

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READ:

Read or listen to Matthew 1:18–25.

The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. So her husband, Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.

But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

See, the virgin will become pregnant
and give birth to a son,
and they will name him Immanuel,

which is translated “God is with us.”

When Joseph woke up, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her but did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. And he named him Jesus.

The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.

FOCUS:

Lectio Divina is the spiritual discipline of attentively and contemplatively reading the word of God. There are five main movements in the discipline. Each Thursday we will use this method to help us hear from God through the Scripture passage for the upcoming Sunday.

Opening Prayer: I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. Psalm 119:15–16

Read or listen to Matthew 1:18–25 slowly and listen for a word or phrase that the Lord is bringing to your attention. Write the word or phrase in your journal.

Reread or listen to Matthew 1:18–25 again and focus on the word or phrase that was brought to your attention. Write why it stood out to you in your journal.

Reread or listen to Matthew 1:18–25 a final time with the aim of exploring what God is calling you to do in response. Write it in your journal.

Pray the passage over your day.

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Week 4 of 5 Sacrifice

Lectio Divina + Art

After walking through the passage using Lectio Divina, take a few moments to observe this character-centered artwork. How does the art enrich your understanding of the story?

Luke 22:27

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