Bible Wednesday 9/26: Ransom

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 119:97-120. Verse 100 KJV, what do the Jew and Christian understand that ancient teachers did not, whether Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Muhammed? What difference does it make in my life this day?

Job 33:1-33. Verses 23 and 24 KJV, in what way is Jesus a messenger to me? In what way an interpreter? In what way a deliverer? Whom can I bless by telling them about this?

II Corinthians 12:11-21. Verse 14 KJV, “I seek not yours, but you.” Among my supposed friends, who loves me simply for myself, not for what I can do for them? How can I draw nearer them today?

Luke 4:38-44. Verses 39 and 41, Jesus heals with a rebuke (Peterson: giving an order, Phillips: asserting control). How can I access this power against an illness, demon, or crisis?

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