The Bible has always been really hard for me to read or understand. I always felt like it was written in another language.

I learned this way of divine reading which has really helped me. The Latin word is Lectio Divina is a traditional Benedictine way of praying and reading scripture.

I try to use this in any spiritual reading and i find it has unlocked many things for me.

The monks translate the way they read to a word that almost means “to gnaw on like a cow does”

So you basically read until something kinda jumps out at you. Or maybe you are moved by something then you stop. At that point, kinda close your eyes and just meditate on what you read. You can reread it. You can jot it down. But what you are trying to do is get everything out of it that you can. God maybe teaching you something through the scripture.

I found it such an interesting way to think about reading … to gnaw like a cow …

I can picture that.

It also takes the pressure off of “finishing” or reading a whole chapter. You should stop even if it’s after only one line.

Then the other day, i found out something interesting about the way cows eat. I knew they had several stomachs, but i didn’t know that they eat the food and it goes to the first 2 stomachs. Then later it comes back up to their mouth as cud , they gnaw on the cud for a long time then it’s sent to the next two stomachs. So they eat it , digest it , bring it back up, chew on it, digest it again.

Not only that but the nutrients go to the milk and then the rest goes to the cow.

So picture prayer that way. You read it, meditate a bit, throughout the day think about it, pray about it, digest it again. Getting everything out of it.

Then i had another connection that i found astounding…

John 6:53

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat? [53] So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;

In fact the Greek word, trogo, which is translated as “eat” is actually more accurately translated as “gnaw” or “chew”;

Jesus is the living Word.

So Jesus is literally asking us to gnaw on the Word of God!!!!


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