Tuesday August 2, 2022

Tuesday – August 2nd – James 5:4     -----
 
5:4) 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.
 
 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
     AS A NEGLECTED GARDEN TENDS TOWARD WEEDS, SO THE FAITHLESS LIFE TENDS TOWARD UNGODLY CHAOS.*
 
    Tuesday! Not much more can, needs, or should be said other than it is another Tuesday, albeit the first Tuesday in August. Our inspirational thought, however, has a lot for us to consider. I am sure all of us can relate to the untended garden scenario. Even in as short as a day or two – even during a drought – weeds can take over a garden with vengeance. In much the same way, when we fail in being intentional in keeping our lives connected to God’s word then in short order our faith suffers, and our lives are overwhelmed with chaos. I encourage people to start out slow and increase at a steady pace. We should never settle on being content or maintaining, but always seeking to increase our exposure to the word of God. Being part of this blog is a great first step, but please don’t let it be your only steppingstone on your personal discipleship pathway.
 
    In our pick verse for today James continues his instructions on the fairness necessary in Christian relationships by expanding it to the practices a Christian should have for those outside the faith. This verse is a reflection of the Old Testament laws for the treatment of a hired laborer. The term Lord of Heaven’s Armies” or Lord of Hosts (KJ, NKJ)” is an ancient Israelite name for God. “Host” is an archaic world for an army. Either title points to God’s awesome power and God might. James is using these Old Testament references to remind the Jewish converts to Christianity that the proper treatment to others remains unchanged from their ancestors. The early followers of Jesus fully believed that He was the Messiah and fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies. Thus, Jesus was the extension or completion of Judaism and not a “new” religion separate from their Jewish roots.

Blessings
   Pastor Jim
Wednesday – August 3rd – James 5:5-6  

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Locations 40812-40813). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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