Bible Wednesday 8/2: Mighty Apollos

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 72:1-20. How vivid is God's kingship to me? Rather vague? How relevant to the grubby politics of our time is the model of a human but godly king as described here?

Numbers 31:1-54. Verses 8 and 15, Balaam, the pagan prophet earlier seen obeying God, is here branded God's enemy and killed.  When have I tried to go halfway with God? What was the consequence?

Acts 18:24-28. KJV portrays Apollos as eloquent, fervent, diligent, bold, convincing, and mighty in the Scriptures. Which of those qualities shall I most desire from God today?

Mark 13:1-13. Listening, can't I hear Jesus as in verse 2 saying the same rubble will one day be all that's left of my house, my church, the Golden Gate, the White House? What then will remain?

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