A Brother’s Wisdom 10

The theme of James 1:9-11, as we tried to show yesterday, is reversal. The current oppressive conditions of the poor will be overturned by an act of God and the oppressors will be brought before the bar of the Lord and they will be found wanting. The poor will be vindicated. Hence: 9 The brother in [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 9

Reversal is one of James’ convictions. He’s looking at and like his brother on this one too. What is reversal? That the present conditions are unjust; that the conditions are contrary to God’s design; that God will (soon?) step in to reverse things so that things will be put to rights. So that justice will [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 9

Reversal is one of James’ convictions. He’s looking at and like his brother on this one too. What is reversal? That the present conditions are unjust; that the conditions are contrary to God’s design; that God will (soon?) step in to reverse things so that things will be put to rights. So that justice will [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 8

Doubt that God is good renders a person’s faith unstable. Notice the terse, strong, and insightful words of James 1:6-8: But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 7

James, the brother of Jesus, is no promiser of happy days. Notice what he says in James 1:6-8: 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 6

James is like his brother Jesus in how he understands God. God is good and God is there and God is not silent and God responds. who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. One thinks of a text like Matthew 7:7-11: 7 “Ask and it will be given [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 5

James starts off James 1:5 with a line that has brought comfort to many: If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. Many take comfort in being able to turn to God for wisdom, and they should. Why [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 4

James sees the testing of faith — the ability to see through a bad situation to what God will make of it — as an opportunity to set off a chain reaction: 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 3

James exhorted the messianists to face their exploitation with some courage and faith and to see through the exploitation, which they were incapable of resisting, to something they could get out of it. So he tells them to face the trials with “joy.” 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 2

James, brother of Jesus, offers us wisdom. He opens his letter with a very typical greeting and then dives right in with these words: 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that [Read More...]


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