Day 29: Why Jesus quoted scripture {Tools for memorizing}



Repeat 3-5 times, twice a day.

6  “Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
Isaiah 12:6

Practice using 1st letters, twice a day.

6  “S, a s f j, O i o Z, f g i y m i t H O o I.”


1  You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.
2  “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
3  With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
4  And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.
5  “Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.”
Isaiah 12:1-5 (ESV)

1  Y w s i t d: “I w g t t y, O L, f t y w a w m, y a t a, t y m c m.
2  “B, G i m s; I w t, a w n b a; f t L G i m s a m s, a h h b m s.”
3  W j y w d w f t w o s.
4  A y w s i t d: “G t t t L, c u h n, m k h d a t p, p t h n i e.
5  “S p t t L, f h h d g; l t b m k i a t e.”


1. Record your thoughts in a journal.

Read back over this week’s verse, especially in light of the previous verses. How does it affect you? Does it have any meaning in your world today? How is God speaking to you through it—to do, to change, to love? Spend a few minutes capturing these thoughts in your journal.

2. Review all the verses in Scripture Typer.


* Listen for your words.

Now that you’ve made these words your own by capturing a chapter in your brain and heart (or mostly captured it; that’s okay), listen for it in other places. Don’t be surprised at how God will bring the words back to you.

Maybe you’ll be reading a book and the author will directly quote from your chapter. Or you’ll hear a sermon at church or a podcast that mentions it. Or a song on the radio will be on the same theme.

God won’t waste the words. Keep listening for them. They will return.


Even Jesus recited scripture, from 24 of the 66 books that we now call our books of the Old Testament.

Why did he? And can we do it for those same healthy reasons, too?

In a post here, I listed these 6 reasons why Jesus quoted scripture, and why we can to:

•    to fight against temptation (Matthew 4:10)
•    to answer others’ questions (Mark 12:28-31)
•    to bless others with God’s gracious words (Luke 4:22)
•    to free the poor, captive, blind, and oppressed with Good News (Luke 4:17-18)
•    to share God’s truths (Matthew 19:4-5)
•    to worship and honor the Father (John 7:16-18)

We’ve all known people who quote scriptures for negative purposes: to tear down, to condemn, to shame. But that’s not God’s way.

Reciting scripture in a healthy way is meant to build up and encourage and strengthen. May God lead you to a beneficial opportunity today to share his love through words.


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Where have you heard “your words” lately? Please share in the comments.


2 thoughts on “Day 29: Why Jesus quoted scripture {Tools for memorizing}

  1. floyd

    Great thoughts. You’re right. Too often folks in the church have used God’s word like a sledgehammer. Never the way Christ used It.

    I also like that Christ used OT scriptures to prove that He was the One that the scriptures were prophesying about.

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