Bible Friday 3/23: Not Forsaken

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 22:1-31. Considering the entirety of this psalm, not just its famous first verse, do I conclude Jesus felt forsaken or beloved when he prayed it on the cross? When has a crisis brought me closer to God?

Jeremiah 51:1-64. Verse 60, chapter after chapter, this prophet's thunderous warnings gave our language a new word, "jeremiad." Against what evils in our time is God equally furious?

Philippians 2:5-11. What if I memorized this and said it every day, several times a day, from now to Easter? Would I better grasp the holiness of Holy Week and the meaning of the cross?

Matthew 20:29-34. Verse 32, it's said "What do you want?" is the question Jesus most often asked people (compare verse 21). Are my prayers to him too small or too general?

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