Bible Monday 12/24: Anointed

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 46:1-11. Verse 10, how can I enter God’s stillness amidst all the bustle of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?

Isaiah 59:1-21. Verse 1, what problem have I been regarding as too big for God to take on for me, or too small? Have I enough faith to turn it over to him today?

Hebrews 1:1-14. Will the Jesus described here, so kingly, so lovely, so holy, be pleased or disappointed with the way I commemorate his birth these next two days?

Matthew 1:1-17. What difference did Jesus’ human ancestry make to him, if (as he claimed) Jesus predated Abraham? What difference does Jesus’ ancestry make to me? Or my ancestry to him?

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