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Its All About Being Fair


"Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of the Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you" (Jas.5:4-6).

If you think these words from the pen of James are strong ones, you are absolutely right. Was he echoing the way the Lord felt about the inequity that exists in the world then and today? Here are the words that Moses wrote down in Deuteronomy 24:14-15... "Don't take advantage of a hired man who is poor and needy, whether he is an Israelite or an alien living in one of your towns. Pay him his wages each day before sunset, because he is poor and is counting on it. Otherwise he may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin." Jesus even addressed this in The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard in Matt.20:1-16. The rationale that I see in all of these writings, both in the OT and NT is that God cares equally for the rich and the poor. If landowners have the power to withhold wages because of their position in society, they need to consider that the friend of the poor is the Lord of the Sabaoth... Lord of the Saboath was a common designation for God in the OT, but in the NT, James is the only writer that chose that name for God. In today's verses, James has a series of four (4) indictments against the rich, criticizing them for the personal choice they made and the way of live they embraced. Most of us are not rich landowners withholding wages from workers, nor those living in luxury that leads to a life of wanton pleasure, but there is still a lesson in here for each of us. God is fair! I believe that He calls on us through the scriptures to be fair also. People should not be taken advantage of because of their station in life. The Lord looks at His children that have accepted Him into obedience in the same way. No matter what their socioeconomic status, race or national origin, God accepts them as fellow heirs in the kingdom. He expects the same from us....

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.

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