James 1:9-11 The Faith of Fortune July 21st, 2015
This passage is difficult! I struggle to understand it. I find it a bit insulting….My first question is “Does it elevate the poor and depreciate the rich?”…. I want to say no, but it is harsh. I do gather than the thrust of the teaching is the reminder that faith in Christ is the only thing that matters in the end. It is a sober reminder to the rich man that he will die, will die soon, and will die a beggar. Therefore, faith in Christ is the true treasure.
As far as the poor I am a bit offended by the “boasting in lowly position “statements. I gather, however, that life for the poor is equally short and the poor can boast and rest in the truth that God’s grace is their fortune.
I’ve thought of a few cross-references for this passage.
A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination.
Also, I ‘ve found the parables of the pearl and hidden treasure to be very insightful.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Help me to live and see you kingdom as a pot of gold. Help me to remember that life is short and my security is in your grace. Forgive me my sins and help me to trust you. Help me to fight temptation and overcome this world and my sin.