Bible Friday 8/18: Temple Mob

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 107:1-43. Verses 23-30, as God calms a stormy sea, what tempest in my life or in our world right now do I need him to quell? Prayer point?

Joshua 11:1-23. Verses 18-20, how can this fierce warring God be one and the same with the merciful loving God preached by Jesus? Dare I ask him to make war on my behalf?

Acts 21:26-40. Rescued from violent death, why does Paul stop to give a speech instead of simply escaping the mob? Is there something God would have me do the hard way, for his glory?

Mark 12:35-40. What analogy to the spiritually corrupt scribes can we observe today, in the church or other areas of life? Am I at all tainted with such ways? Action point?

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