Bible Saturday 12/2: Rendering

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 104:1-35. Verse 23, our daily work as one of God's gifts in this panorama of creation. Am I clear that he is my true employer? Where am I not? Who needs my help seeing this?

Esther 7:1-10. Haman hanged on his own gallows. Imagining myself in Esther's shoes as this story comes to its climax, what must have been her feelings? How was she praying?

I Samuel 15:1-9. Saul disobediently spares Agag, Haman's ancestor (Esther 3:1). When has some wrong I did, seemingly small at the time, metastasized like this? How did God show up?

Luke 20:20-26. Do America's Christians have the right balance in rendering to God and to Caesar? How can I and my church engage public issues in a more truly biblical way?

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