Bible Friday 12/1: Sealed

Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalm 141:1-10. Verse 5, when have I received a needed rebuke or correction from a wiser Christian? What did I learn? Am I now in need of such again, or called to deliver such?

Esther 6:1-14. God begins to upend Haman's plot. What great evil or injustice have I been grieved about but failed to take to the Lord in prayer? Action point for today?

Revelation 9:1-12. Whatever this passage means, it spells horrible suffering for anyone not having God's seal in his forehead (verse 4).  Will I thus be spared? Who else will?

Luke 20:9-19. Verse 18, in what way have I been broken by my encounter with Jesus? How did he then remake me? Would others notice? Might further breaking await me?

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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.