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08/14/2017

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Reasons To Weep


"Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days" (Jas.5:1-3).

Like his brother Jesus did, James has some special news for the rich of the world. Jesus, in The Sermon On The Mount said this; "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal" (Matt.6:19). The rich knew little about life's misery, while the poor knew much about it. James foretold that there was a reversal in the near future. He assured the rich and reassured the poor that the judgement would bring miseries on the rich that oppressed the poor. He hoped his readers would look beyond the wealth of those they admired to the injustice they had perpetrated. James pictured the possessions of the wealthy as being consumed by the elements, rotted and worthless. So.... Most of us here in 2017 are neither rich or poor, so just how does all of this apply to us? James' language here in a vivid reminder that life here on earth is transitory, while the judgement of God is eternal. As a person involved in science, I found the stuff like your silver and gold are corroded to be fascinating. Properly speaking, part of the value of gold and silver lies in the fact that it does not rust or corrode, however, descriptions coming from a pre-scientific age have little interest in scientific language. James is simply saying that when one makes the striving for silver and gold their main preoccupation, weeping gets closer and heaven moves farther away... The corrosion will testify (witness) against you... In any age, folks must be reminded that material things will not last. When they put the striving for them ahead of the Lord, there are reasons to weep. There are so many blessing in the Christian life that have nothing to do with "stuff." Lets be thankful for them....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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