Bible Friday 12/14: Troublemaker

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 31:1-24. Verse 5, committing my spirit into God’s hand. What would that look like from moment to moment throughout this day?

Isaiah 49:1-26. Verse 8, apparently looking to the future, is applied by Paul to the here and now (II Cor. 6:2). If today is in fact my salvation day, how might that play out moment to moment?

Revelation 15:1-8. Verses 3 and 4, song of the Lamb. Suppose I could experience in some degree the reality of this, right where I find myself on December 14, 2018—?

Luke 22:63 -23:5. Why was Jesus hated and feared by the Jews and Romans alike? Why does the worldly mind hate him today, friend of sinners, Prince of Peace? My response to this hate?

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