Dwelling in the Word (Luke 1:68-79)
1. Find a reasonably friendly stranger or two (e.g., friend, housemate, neighbor, co-worker, etc.)
2. Read the passage aloud together.
3. Listen. Expect God’s nudging.
4. Notice. What word or phrase caught your imagination? What’s God up to there?
4. Notice also. What question or curiosity were you gifted with? What would you ask of a Biblical scholar?
5. Listen again, to each other. Listen strangers into free speech. What did they hear in the passage?
68“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. 69He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, 70as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. 72Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, 73the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us 74that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, 75in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, 77to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. 78By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, 79to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”