Bible Saturday 5/19: Nicodemus

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 108:1-13. Verses 7-11, some of David's conquests, with Edom yet to conquer. What's the enemy stronghold I most need God's help taking? What victories can I build on?

Joel 2:1-32. Verse 25, famous poetic promise of restoration from God. What regrets, sorrows, or scars of my past shall I bring the Lord today for erasure and renewal by his grace?

Ephesians 5:22-33. What Christly admonition and encouragement is here for me personally? Who comes nearest this ideal of marriage of anyone I know? Is my church responsive to this?

John 7:45-53. Who do I know that has the mind and heart of Nicodemus, hesitantly drawn to Jesus, leaning in? What can I do to help bring that person along toward the cross?

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