Bible Monday 8/7: Mere Sheep

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 77:1-20. If God sees me as a mere sheep, one of his flock, how does that adjust my self-image?  What are the laudable and less laudable qualities of sheep?

Numbers 36:1-13. If complete individual freedom is our ideal, why have marriage regulated in any way by religion, politics, or economics? Prayer point?

II Peter 2:1-11. Verse 1 KJV, what damnable heresies might prey on me and my fellow Christians these days?  Verse 3 KJV, how does covetousness subtly get at me?

Mark 9:9-13. Verse 9, what kinds of things does Jesus still caution us about discussing unwisely outside the family of faith? Self-check for today?

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