My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Monday, January 07, 2008

James 1

Mmmm... sin babies...

Summary:
Hard times make you a better person. God will give you good things, as long as you have faith when you ask. Remember that things are upside down. The poor are more significant than the rich, and everyone should be happy where they are.

If you keep struggling to the end you get a prize. God doesn't tempt, because temptation grows into death, and God is life. Good things come from God, like his word which has made us the first to reap God's harvest.

You have two ears and one mouth to be used proportionally. Do what God's word says. It's pretty pointless reading it otherwise. If you can't control what you say and don't care for the oppressed, then your faith means nothing.

Key verse:
25. the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

My thoughts:
My first sermon was loosely based on this chapter, with my basic point being 'Just Do It', along the idea that it's more important that we do God's work than to have it all figured out.

I still agree with its sentiment.

Anywho... James is cool. I see it as the counterpoint to Paul. Luther hated James because he felt it detracted from the clarity of Paul's gospel of faith, but I think they exist in a tension and in this tension the reality of the gospel we are called to is better highlighted.

Anyway, some cool ideas about perseverance and sin babies here.

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