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 45:1-17. How are the kingly qualities described here, lived out in Jesus' 33 years on earth and his reign for 20 centuries since? Which of those qualities do I most desire to receive from him?
Micah 4:1-13. Verse 3, God makes the nations convert their weapons of destruction into tools of production. How can I do more in 2018 to realize that song of "peace, let it begin with me"?
Hebrews 1:1-14. Is my everyday attitude about Jesus the Son a high view, God incarnate, God reigning as depicted here, or a low one, the great moral teacher? How is my life different as a result?
Matthew 1:1-17. Why do I care that Jesus was the son of David and of Abraham? Why list all these ancestors only to reach Joseph, who wasn't Jesus' birth father anyway?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.