Bible Saturday 9/15: "Release Barabbas"

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 139:1-24. A poem about God’s intimacy with each of us. If I took this more to heart, how would it change my attitudes and actions today?

Job 22:1-30. Verses 21-29, an ostensible formula for getting on God’s good side and reaping the benefits. Where’s the flaw, if any?

II Corinthians 6:1-10. Self-portrait of Paul the Apostle in 30 quick brush strokes. Which of his travails can I identify with? Which of his Christly qualities do I most aspire to?

Mark 15:6-15. If Jesus represents changing my soul, Barabbas represents changing my externals, and the mob represents me at my worst, how do I again and again “choose Barabbas”?

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