Bible Sunday 8/4: World Upside Down

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 34:1-22. Verse 18 KJV, what heartbreak right now afflicts me or someone I know? What specific remedy shall I ask God for?

Numbers 28:1-31. Verses 16-19, since Jesus is now our Passover sacrifice once for all (see I Corinthians 5:7), what ongoing sacrifice if any does God’s holiness still require of me? 

Acts 17:1-15. Verse 6 KJV, would an observer say my Christian faith is a “world upside down” way of life, or something less? Action point for today?

Mark 2:13-28.  Verses 21 and 22, related question, in what way do I disappoint the Lord by my “new patch on an old coat, new wine in old bottles” tepid discipleship? Action point?

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