Bible Saturday 3/31: Suspense

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 16:1-11. Verse 10 KJV, the creeds say this is the day Jesus descended into hell. What does that mean to me? What is my idea of hell? How much of a concern is it to me?

Lamentations 5:1-22. Verses 15, 20, 22, how bleak would my life be in 2018 if Jesus of Nazareth had turned out not to be the Son of God and lain dead in the tomb forever after?

Habakkuk 3:1-19. Verses 17-19, when was the darkest time I ever had to keep praying despite all evidence and seeming defeat? How did God show up? What was Mary thinking on this day?

Matthew 27:62-66. Jesus' enemies call him a deceiver and his disciples thieves? How does this urge to discredit Christ and Christians show up today? What is God's antidote?

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