James Study: Week 9

James 5:1-6

Warning to the Rich

Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment. For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and killed innocent people,[a] who do not resist you.

 

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Good morning! This is our third-last bit of passage until we have completed the book of James. I feel like it's gone so quickly! Now, I know this passage can be taken out of context. James isn't saying here that you "can't have money". He is speaking to those who have had self-indulgent actions. He is speaking to those whose motives are to indulge in only themselves, without giving to others. He addresses the wealthy landowners back in the day and denounces them for their materialistic accumulation of wealth and for their actions which led to the death of innocent and righteous people. We can see that James speaks about materialistic items and riches that people have and how they are stewarding them. Every single thing that are material riches will be lost forever, we can't take it to Heaven. James isn't saying "don't work hard and save money" that would be unwise. But we need to remember that we are blessed by God with what he have. Our jobs, money, and the materialistic items we buy all come from God and his provision. We should be generous and good stewards of our money. We should help those who are in need and give generously. 

August 16, 2022 — Beth Parkes

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