Bible Monday 11/27: Esther

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 106:1-48. Verse 47, "gather us from among the heathen." What's my balance between keeping with believers and reaching out to non-believers? How spiritually open am I In either case?

Esther 2:1-23. How many instances of God's hidden hand can I spot here in the doings of Mordecai and Esther? Reviewing 2017, when has his hidden hand been upon me?

Revelation 6:9-17. Verses 9-11, what do God's martyrs have that I don't have? What opportunities are before me to witness sacrificially (if not to the death) as they did?

Luke 19:28-40. The first Palm Sunday. It's been remarked that many in this cheering crowd would be jeering Jesus by Friday. When have I seen Christ followed for wrong or shallow reasons?

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