Bible Wednesday 1/3: Shema

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 68:1-35. Verse 6, we're told the institution of the family is in crisis in America right now. What is my church doing about it? Why does this matter to God?

Deuteronomy 6:1-25. Verse 4, the great "Shema" (Hebrew for "hear"). How does this push me beyond the First Commandment (Deut. 5:7)? Where do I need to improve? First step?

Hebrews 4:1-10. Same point, as faith is here contrasted with unbelief and hardness of heart. Granted I'm not consumed by those, but where do I harbor them at all? Prayer point?

Matthew 3:1-12. On the current scene, is God using any wild extremists like John? Verse 5, would I gone to him or stayed away? Verses 11-12, how is Jesus now bringing fire?

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