Bible Friday 9/22: Zeal

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 69:1-36. Verse 5, what foolishness has God forgiven me? Verse 9, what zeal has he kindled in me? Verse 17, when has he speedily rescued me? Today's prayer over all this?'

I Chronicles 1:1-54. Verse 1, what's my heritage as a spiritual descendant of Adam? Verse 27, what's my heritage as a spiritual descendant of Abraham? Or is all that annulled in Christ?

Philemon 1-25. Here Paul intercedes between a runaway slave and his master, both Christians. What's the political import of this? The theological import? What of freedom and justice?

Luke 6:43-45. Verse 45, taking honest inventory of the treasures of my heart, as others experience me, what do I find there that is notably good? Notably evil? Prayer point?

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