• Steve Tillis

Sensing Scripture

Reading the Scripture with your senses is a great way to meditate on God’s Word. If you’re short on time or feeling bored with your devotions, transport yourself into the world of the Word and experience firsthand what you’re reading. What you sense there will lodge in your mind and you can feast on it all day. Here’s how I used this technique on the text from a recent sermon, Acts 2:22-24.

Vs. 22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know.”

1. Sense of hearing: With my inward ear I begin to hear the “men of Israel,” mainly the scribes and Pharisees asking if any good thing could come out of Nazareth. I listen to them witness his healing miracles and accuse him of having a devil. I hear them call him mad and an illegitimate child. Now I turn my ear to his baptism and listen to the voice of the Father say, “this is my beloved Son in whom I’m well pleased.” I listen to the voice of the one leper who came back to say thank you. I lean in and listen for him to cry “it is finished,” from the cross.

Vs. 23 “this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by hands of godless men and put Him to death.”

What do you hear?

2. Sense of sight: I close my eyes and see the unseen hand of God predetermining in his infinite foreknowledge the plan of salvation. I see as Paul said, “the Lamb of God, slain before the foundation of the world.” Now I turn and see the rough hands of Roman soldiers putting nails in the body of Christ on the cross. Turning to look once more from my wincing disposition, I notice that I too am just as guilty.

Vs. 24 “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”

3. Sense of touch: I feel the bursting of death’s chords futilely struggling to hold Jesus in the grave. I acknowledge that the Spirit of the One who defeated death, hell and the grave has raised me up to new life.

You can use this form of meditation with almost any passage of Scripture. Walk, trembling yet trusting, into the palace with Esther. Feel the stones with Stephen while you forgive your enemies. Feel the eyes of Jesus looking on you when Peter denied him. Watch with Elijah from the mountain as the thunder clouds come in. Sit with Mary at the feet of Jesus. Don’t just read the Bible, live in it.

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