Bible Friday 7/7: A Centurion Kneels

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 142:1-7. Can I give myself permission to rush at God with a desperate, honest, complaining prayer like this one by David? For what and against what shall I pray?

Numbers 5:1-31. Why does our culture, and even the church, take sin and guilt so much less seriously than God commands here? Have I bought into that? Action point?

Acts 10:24-33. What is there for me to learn and do, starting now, from God's warning to Peter that we're to call no one common or unclean (verse 28, KJV)?

Mark 4:21-25. Verse 25 is a riddle, in that Jesus doesn't say "what" some have and some don't. Do I have "it"?  If not, how do I get "it"? If yes, what's the "more" I am then given?

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