Bible Wednesday 8/29: Silence Him

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 14:1-7. Verse 1 KJV, the atheist as fool. If an unbeliever read this and said to me the Bible insults him, why should he bother with it -- how would I pivot toward a constructive discussion with him?

II Kings 25:1-30. Verse 25, Gedaliah assassinated by his countrymen. Not to this extreme, but when have I seen God's people set against each other, grieving him? What causes this?

Job 5:1-27. What's lacking in this eloquent speech by Eliphaz, seeking to comfort and counsel Job? When has someone given me spiritual truths that "missed"? Lesson?

Mark 6:14-29. Letting Herod stand for America's dominant establishment, and John for God's moral truth, how is this story being reenacted today? Why does it tend to repeat in every age? 

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