James 3:1-12, The Untamable Tongue.
James 2:14-26, Faith without Works is Dead.
James 2:1-13, No Favoritism!
James 1:19-29, Swift to Hear;Slow to Wrath, Doers – not Hearers Only.
James 1:1-18, Greeting to the Twelve Tribes, Joy in Trials, Rich and Poor, Loving God under Trials.
Today we read the last chapter of the letter of James and one chapter of Ezekiel.
James 5 begins with a stern warning to rich oppressors, much like Old Testament teaching, but this letter is to the Jews in dispersia. James told them to be patient, persevere, meet each other’s need and above all do not swear, but let their yes be yes and their no be no. If anyone is sick, call in the elders and pray for him. ” The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Bring back erring brothers. “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”
Ezekiel 32 is a lamentation for Pharaoh and Egypt. Egypt and others will go down to the pit.
Today we read the fourth chapter of the letter of James and two chapters of Ezekiel.
James 4. Pride promotes strife but humility edifies when it comes from an active faith. ”Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Do not judge a brother, that is God’s domain and do not boast about tomorrow, be humble and recognize that God is in control.
Ezekiel 30. Egypt and her allies may look strong, but they will fall. The Lord proclaimed that Pharaoh would fall and the Egyptians be scattered among the nations.
Ezekiel 31, Egypt will be cut down like a great tree.
Today we read the third chapter of the letter of James and two chapters of Ezekiel.
James 3. We can tame a horse, put a bridle in his mouth to control him, steer a ship with a small rudder but we can not tame our tongue. There are two types of wisdom, heavenly wisdom, coming from God and earthly wisdom coming from man that can even be demonic. Heavenly wisdom produces peacemakers, earthly wisdom, not so much.
Ezekiel 28 contains a proclamation against and a lamentation for the king of Tyre. It also has a proclamation against Sidon and there is still a future blessing for Israel.
Ezekiel 29 delivers a proclamation against Egypt, the bad news is that Babylonia will plunder Egypt.
Today we read the second chapter of the letter of James and one chapter of Ezekiel.
James 2. Do not show favoritism, especially to wealthy or famous people! The chapter goes on to show that faith without works is dead. The example is Abraham. The apostle Paul used the same example to show that Abraham was justified apart from works in Romans 4:2-3 “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” This seeming contradiction is solved in Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast.For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Ezekiel 27 is a lament for Tyre.