IN WHOM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING
Entering into the story…
God is not simply saving diverse individuals and preparing them for heaven; rather he is creating a people for his name, among whom God can dwell and who in their life together will reproduce God’s life and character in all its unity and diversity.” – Gordon D. Fee
Read the passage linked below and imagine the scene as if you were a movie director working with the characters. Often, we do not enter scripture with our humanity intact and we do not dignify the characters we find there by giving them their humanity in return. The goal of Lectio Divina is to meditate on the scene we find there and allow the characters to speak to us by vividly imagining the scene as if we are standing there physically too. Ask Holy Spirit to make the scenario come to life as you read using all of your senses to visualise everything in the scene…
Genesis 18:1-19 – Trinity sitting and eating at Abaham’s Table
How is this passage unusual? Why does God appear as three? Who did Abraham think they were? Isn’t his hospitality truly astonishing? Why do you imagine he ran to meet them? Was this how he thought his day was going to be as he sat at the mouth of his tent? Did the men look familiar or foreign to Abraham? What similarities are there between this account in the Old Testament and the account of Jesus on the road to Emmaus in the New Testament? In both cases, God brings good news for the destitute. How has the fire of hope gone out in Abraham’s heart? Why does God call Himself servant? Why does He not say ‘Masters’, but instead ‘Master’ singular?
How does this act of hospitality sum up the joining of Trinity and Humanity that the Bible is so pre-occupied with? God communed with us in Eden, now God has come to commune with us under the Oaks or Mamre. We partook of His hospitality and now He stoops down to our level to be welcomed by us. What does this mean? Does Abraham get what is happening? Do we? He gets water to wash their feet, he rushes to prepare a meal. This same hospitality is done in humility when Jesus washes His disciple’s human feet. What wonderful kindness toward strangers. What does Sarah think when she is interrupted and told to bake bread? What was it about the men that Abraham recognised or was this how he always reacted to visitors? How does Abraham discern the importance of this moment? What if he was so caught up in his own thoughts, that he could not have been bothered that day?
What a human story. How can we entertain God’s promises today? What has He said over you that you are scoffing about? What dreams and desires have you buried away for some other day? How amazing that God is planning a nation, when all Abraham and Sarah are hoping for is one child?! Imagine that…
17-19 Then God said, “Shall I keep back from Abraham what I’m about to do? Abraham is going to become a large and strong nation; all the nations of the world are going to find themselves blessed through him. Yes, I’ve settled on him as the one to train his children and future family to observe God’s way of life, live kindly and generously and fairly, so that God can complete in Abraham what he promised him.”
1) Prepare: Close your eyes, breathe, clear your mind, and ask God to enter into this time of prayer with you. Ask God to speak to you through this image.
2) Lectio (read): Open your eyes and scan the image. Note what draws your interest, but continue to scan the whole image. Close and rest your eyes a minute.
3) Mediatio (meditate): Open your eyes and let your eyes be led. Focus on just the part of the image that caught your eyes and name it. Close your eyes, seeing that piece of the image in your mind.
4) Oratio (pray): Open your eyes and look again at the piece of the image that caught your eye. Allow it to bring forth a word, image, or emotion. Close and rest your eyes.
5) Contemplatio (contemplation): Open your eyes and gaze at the whole image. What is God speaking to you today through this image? How will you respond to Him? Spend time processing that with God. Pray or journal about it.
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy *catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.
*catholic simply meaning the whole Church as it confesses the wholeness of Christian doctrine.
Embodied Spirituality in Practice
A DISCIPLINE OR PRACTICE TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR LIFE.
INSPIRATION AND PRACTICAL APPLICATION FROM A CREATIVE
This is a chance to express yourself creatively. Perhaps something in this part of the timeline has challenged, excited or inspired you. You may want to think about how your could express that through drawing, writing, painting, filming, designing or photographing something to share with others here at creativeimagebearers.com.
So write a haiku, poem, song or create a piece to express yourself and share it with us!
Final Take-Away to give context…
PROVOKE THOUGHTS, QUESTIONS…
here is only One God. There are three Divine Persons. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are coequal and coeternal. God is not one person who appears to us in three different forms or modes, as if He is putting on or taking off a mask. The Son and Holy Spirit are also not subordinate to the Father in nature and being, they are equals. The Son and Holy Spirit willingly submit out of mutual love to the Father. There are not three Gods, but One. His name is I AM.
ach person of the Trinity is Fully God. God is three persons. There is One God. At every point of the biblical timeline God is working as Father, Alpha and Omega. The architect of the whole plan from humble beginnings to startling finish. The Son exists as the Spirit of Christ until He appears incarnate as Jesus. Jesus remains human now as our great High Priest. The Holy Spirit came to complete the work planned by the Father, begun by Christ by making us a part of One Spirit and One Body.
ow do you pray to God? Sometimes it may be to the Father who loves us as His children? Sometimes to Jesus as the God/Man and our big brother who knows what it is like to be human in every way? Or perhaps, you need the comfort, or empowering revelation of the Holy Spirit who makes Christ available to the church? It is worth thinking about who you direct your needs to as you pray to God, who is present to us as God – Father and Son and Holy Spirit – at all times.