Bible Monday 4/16: The Bridegroom

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 15:1-5. Verse 2 KJV, how does speaking the truth in my heart differ from speaking it aloud? Is God the dominant voice in my inmost thoughts, or one of many voices?

Ezekiel 16:1-63. Reading God's long tirade against a faithless spouse (and the surprise ending, verse 60), don't I too easily assume it's about someone else? But what unlovely qualities of my own, or of my church, do I see here?

I Corinthians 4:6-13. Paul asks the reader, in effect, who do you think you are, citing his own selfless ministry for contrast. How does this indictment fit me? Whose example humbles me by contrast?

John 3:22-36. Verse 30, related question, what would Jesus increasing and myself decreasing practically look like in my way of life this day, this week, this year? First step?

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