Bible Saturday 1/13: It Matters

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?

Psalms 110:1-7. David here looks back to Abraham (Gen. 14:18) and ahead to Jesus (Luke 20:41). He saw the whole sweep of God's plan. Do I see that when reading Scripture? Action point?

Deuteronomy 16:1-22. Verse 12 is repeated from 15:15, must be important. What low points in my life, from which God rescued me, do I need to remember more humbly and actively?

Hebrews 7:1-10. What does Jesus' timeless high priesthood (see 6:20 and Psalm 110) practically mean for my access to God's throne with the needs of today?

Matthew 5:31-37. A lesson about swearing, how timely. Never mind others' lapses, what about my own? How could my speech be cleaner and more reverent? Why does it matter to God?

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