Sunday July 31, 2022

Sunday – July 31st – James 5:1-2     -----      
 
5:1) Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you.
2) Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags.
 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
     THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE LORD NEVER SEE EACH OTHER FOR THE LAST TIME.*

    Glorious Sunday to you! Yes, this is the day we can take the time to reset ourselves and our faith journey. So often, the week can be long and filled with what can seem like endless challenges, struggles, trails, and of course temptations. When Sunday arrives, we have the opportunity to set all of that aside and spend time in worship with our family and friends. Something about singing praises to God and contemplating on God’s word, will, and way for our lives can smooth out even the toughest week. With both in-building and on-line worship services we are blessed to choose from either option, or both. And if you are reading this on Sunday morning you still have time to join us for the SunRise Church picnic starting at 11am.
 
    In our pick verses today, we begin the fifth and final chapter of James’ letter to the believers in Jerusalem and Judah. With this new chapter comes a new topic where James lays out God’s call for fairness within the family of believers. The first century church was no different than the twenty-first century church. Both bodies of believers were/are composed of folks all along the social-economic spectrum. As such James has specific instructions on how we are to interact and how we are to make all fell welcomed in the body of Christ. In these next few verses James addresses those in the congregation who are wealthy and well-to-do, while exposing the fallacy of putting our faith in material things. The “corrupted riches” he refers to is probably first century agricultural wealth (grain, wine, or olive oil), His reference to fine clothes are the expensive garments often worn as a status symbol in biblical times. These two examples are intended to symbolize the temporary nature of all earthly wealthy and show the futility of hoarding it. James wanted to contrast the here-today gone-tomorrow nature of earthy possessions with the eternal gift of salvation that comes from God. I wonder what James would call out today as symbols of our perishable possessions we so easily hoard and protect?

Blessings
  Pastor Jim
Monday – August 1st – James 5:3

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 40053). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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