Bible Monday 1/14: Facing Up to Jesus

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 3:1-8. Verse 5, sleep as a gift from God. How do I need to see this realized today for me or someone I care about?

Genesis 14:1-24. Verse 18, Melchizedek as king and priest over Abram. What have these ancient titles to do with me?

Hebrews 7:1-10. Verse 3 suggests Jesus predated Abraham, as the Lord himself asserted in John 8:58. Again, what difference does this make to me?

John 8:13-20. How certain am I that Jesus is who he claims to be? How well is my certainty communicated in my actions and way of life?

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