Bible Monday 7/2: Hazardous Duty

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 106:1-48. Verse 6, sin across the generations, passed down in the family. Am I the recipient or transmitter of any such sin? What is God's remedy? Action point?

II Samuel 13:1-39. Same issue for David, as his sons repeat their father's lust and bloodshed. How could the anointed king, "a man after God's own heart," be so morally flawed?

Acts 15:22-35. Verse 26, the emissaries' credential is to have risked their lives for Jesus. What have I ever risked for Jesus, or what has my faith cost me? Time to step up my game?

Mark 2:13-17. Verse 17, what are some of the ways I am so sick that no physician but Jesus could possibly help me? Does he find me a willing and obedient patient? Sometimes hard to help?

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