Eating the Word

Monday – The Prophets
Ezekiel 1—3

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A desperate, broken, exiled people are about to have the power of God revealed to them through Ezekiel. First, however, a dazzling vision envelopes the prophet.

As you read, believe that this same God of might wants to reveal the divine presence to you. The Lord embraces you with the Word, coming to you from four directions, as imaged in the prophet’s vision. Receive in faith. Be prepared to respond.

Is there anything of a rebellious spirit in you as described of Israel? Unbelief in the Lord’s sovereignty in your life is rebellion. Repent. Allow the Lord to intervene in your life. Resist the mental wrestling that may be going on within, as though you alone have the power to make the changes that need to take place in yours and others’lives. Eat. Commune with God.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
At the center: coals of fire 1:13
Moving as the Spirit moves 1:21
Spirit sending me to speak 2:3
The scroll: sweetness like honey 3:3

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From Mourning to Joy

Easter Sunday
Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary<br /John 20:1-18

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New Adam, new Eve, new Eden, new creation: this is Easter morning. Mary Magdalene, figure of Eve and all humanity, weeps at the tomb of her beloved. St. John has the beginning of chapter 3 of The Song of Songs in mind, as we will see in the final four Tuesdays in Easter this year. Be in touch with your own inner weeping for deeper union with the Lord.

Unrecognized, because utterly unexpected, Jesus appears. Come close. The spiritual fragrance of this morning penetrates your soul until there is a resurrection-shift from tears of mourning to tears of joy. The source of the joy is what has happened to Jesus. The spouse of your soul is before you. Leap beyond the prison of your own self-consciousness of sin, to the presence of your Jesus who receives you and loves you completely.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Linen wrappings lying there v. 5
Empty tomb: Lord, I believe. v. 8
“Woman, whom are you seeking?” v. 15
Mary having seen the Lord v. 18

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The Beauty and Power of God

Passover – The Torah
Exodus 33:12—34:26

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The center of the year for the Jewish people is Passover, as Easter is for Christians. The Torah reading unfolds the beauty, the power, and the presence of God. The Lord’s goodness and mercy are described. Be with Moses as the glory of the Lord is revealed to him and to you, through the Holy Spirit.

Learn about the Seder, the supper that recalls the Exodus. There are foods symbolic of the suffering endured such as salt water for the tears shed, and horseradish for the bitterness experienced in suffering so much.

Today’s Sabbath occurs within the eight days of Passover. We are in solidarity with all those in bondage in one form or another. We intercede for them that the pathways to liberation would become open—that all the “Red Seas” in their lives would split apart so that they can walk on to freedom.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
You, Lord, knowing me by name 33:12
Finding favor in Your sight 33:13
“My presence will go with you.” 33:14
You abound in steadfast love. 34:6

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Close to Jesus

Good Friday – The Gospels
John 18:1—19:42

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As you pray through the Passion Narrative, recall your experience of doing this last Sunday with Matthew. Both evangelists find themes of Exodus and Jesus as King. What variations and nuances can you find?

Let your whole day be soaked with the saving Blood of Jesus by reading scenes in the narrative. Here is a suggested outline:
6 am (or on rising)    Arrest, Trial, Denial of Peter – 18:1-27

9 am     Jesus and Pilate – 18:28-40

12 pm    Scourging, Crown of Thorns, Crucifixion – 19:1-30

3 pm     Piercing the Side; Burial – 19:31-42

Be close to your Lord throughout this day, just as did the beloved disciple and Mary, mother of Jesus.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
“I am he: the one you seek.” 18:5
“My kingdom not from this world” 18:36
Head bowed, You gave the Spirit 19:30
Blood and water flowing out 19:34

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Communion and Community

Holy Thursday – The New Testament
1 Corinthians 11—12

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Picture the Upper Room where Jesus is sharing the Passover with his apostles. This Last Supper becomes the First Supper of a New Creation. Something only from heaven is about to take place; divine communion and community is incarnated in our human flesh through the Sacrament of Bread and Wine.

Keep your awareness of communion and community central as you read these two chapters of Paul. They treat of both. Though we peer into the particular problems of the church in Corinth long ago, the essence of the issues of strife and competition rear their ugly faces in every time and place religious institution. May the power of Christ transform you by the radiant light of his love. Pray for the oneness of the world.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
“This is my body for you.” 11:24
Cup of the new covenant 11:25
Many gifts from one Spirit 12:4
Many members, one body 12:12

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Against Unbelief

Wednesday – The Psalms
Psalm 14

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Though there are many who say with their mouth that they believe in God, by the way in which they live, their heart betrays that they do not. This psalm does not seek to breed a “holier than thou” attitude, but rather to be a sobering reminder that the world does not live with the Lord in charge, and despises those do.

The last verse gathers all this into a cry for the world, to free it from captivity. In the name of Jesus, stand against the spirit of unbelief that chokes the world. Pray for you and your loved ones. Is there anything that is holding you captive? By the power in the Holy Name, command that all that stands between you and the Lord be removed.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
My heart seeking after You v. 2
You dwell with those who are just. v. 5
You, Lord, refuge for the poor v. 6
You restore: I will be glad. v. 7

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God at Last

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Job 38

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At last Job listens to the Lord. The strategy of God is not to answer the questions that have been the debate of the previous chapters, but rather, to pose more questions! The Lord simply repositions Job into his place in the universe. The result is silence. Job’s arguing and complaining ceases as he yields to pure wonder at the beauty of the world. It is beyond his capacity to understand. Contemplation wins out over competition and complaining.

The secret of your own peace lies in totally listening to the Lord speaking to you and asking these same questions. God speaks to you through the pen of Job. Pick up your own pen and let the Lord do the same through you. What does the Lord have to say to you after the debate in your head is over?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
In Your presence, Lord, My God
The beauty of creation
Wisdom welling from within v. 36
Willing to live with questions

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