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Lectico Divina - Brittany Burzawa Old Testament Lectio...

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Brittany Burzawa 3/22/10 Old Testament Lectio divina was particularly important in monasteries in the sixth-century rule of Benedict, which states that monks are to devote several hours a day to this sacred reading. The four movements in lectio divina are reading, meditation, prayer, contemplation and discussion. These steps are applied to a specific book in the Bible or passage which speaks to that particular person. The important thing is reading the Bible as God’s word and listening for the insight and call of Scripture in one’s own time and place. In the first step reading, you are to read and select a passage slowly and reflectively, until a particular word or phrase catches one’s attention. Applying this step towards my life, I chose Genesis 32:23-33 when Jacob wrestles with God. During this time, Jacob is awaiting his meeting with his estranged brother who he had deceived in his earlier life. The night before, he finds himself wrestling with an “angel of the Lord,” or even God. Jacob wins because he tells the angel that before he releases him he wants a blessing and that is when the angel gives him the name Israel. He finds that he had wrestled with God. This can be attributed to my life because I
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