Bible Tuesday 8/14: Privilege & Priority

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 95:1-11. Verse 8, microcosm of the entire Bible, looking far back to Exodus and far ahead to Hebrews. What are the places of hardness, or tendencies to hardness in my heart? What is God's remedy?

II Kings 10:1-21. Jehoiada the priest crowns Jehoash the boy king. Verse 17, what can we in America learn from this, as Christians in a pluralist society under a secular government?

Philippians 1:19-30. Verse 29, our privilege to suffer for Christ. Have I taken any steps at all on this path? What might be the first step? And the next step after that?

Mark 10:17-22. Verse 21, our priority to help the poor. If Jesus here isn't literally asking me to give away everything, what is he asking of me? What steps must I take to obey?

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