James’ Letter, chapter 4

To: Scattered Israelites, spiritual and physical, called to be atOne with Jesus. 2/25/19, God’s 12th month 20th day of Adar 1 until sunset.

James said: Who knows what’s good and doesn’t do it is guilty of sin. Sin is lawlessness against God, our sin nature doesn’t naturally recognize the vulnerability it imposes until God our Father reveals Jesus. Then we can live humbly recognizing we’re but clay, “needing spiritual shaping to Jesus’ liking.” It’s the direction we’re led when gifted to believe IN Jesus.

James may have been present when the Pharisees ask his brother for a sign to prove that He was who He claimed to be.

(Matthew 12:38-42; “Then some of the experts in the law along with some Pharisees answered Jesus, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. (41) The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them – and now, something greater than Jonah is here! The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, something greater than Solomon is here!”) See 1Kings 10:1-3, Josephus too wrote about “queen of the South” The south referring to modern S.W Arabia, modern Yemen and Ethiopia.

Generations living when Jesus spoke, along with Solomon’s and each generation since will be resurrected and face judgment! (Each in their own order, See 1Cor 15:23) They’ve all set aside times to honor imaginary gods. Considered idolatrous evil in God’s view. Such will be done away when Jesus returns. As Easter, which comes from, “the celebration of fertility.” Way back in Ezekiel’s day. God had him prophesy about such idolatry.

(Ezek 8:12-18; “He said to me, “Do you see, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in the chamber of his idolatrous images? For they think, ‘The Lord does not see us! The Lord has abandoned the land!’” He said to me, “You will see them practicing even greater abominations!” Then He brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the Lord’s house. I noticed women sitting there weeping for Tammuz. He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see even greater abominations than these!” (16) Then He brought me to the inner court of the Lord’s house. Right there at the entrance to the Lord’s temple, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the Lord’s temple, facing east – they were worshiping the sun toward the east! (17) He said to me, “Do you see, son of man? Is it a trivial thing that the house of Judah commits these abominations they are practicing here? For they have filled the land with violence and provoked Me to anger, still further. Look, they are putting the branch to their nose! Therefore I will act with fury! My eye will not pity them nor will I spare them. When they have shouted in My ears, I will not listen to them.”)

Satan has the world believing God hears all denomination’s prayers.

James’ letter was written before the majority of “Acts of the Apostles” by Luke, Peter and Paul’s travels etc. It seems that James wrote before Peter’s visit to the home of Cornelius and God’s calling many gentiles. Though it is clear in the book of Acts, James understood, “perhaps better than most” the prophetic words through the prophets regarding God’s calling gentiles.

James’ letter to the dispersed tribes of Israel, is also with the knowledge that many Israelites were prideful of the customs handed to them through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses. Remember James regarded himself as Jesus’ slave. (His salutation? “From James a slave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes dispersed abroad. Greetings!) Revelations to Paul, gives us more understanding about God’s purpose and planning regarding both gentiles and Israelites being atOne.

(Romans 11:25-27;; “For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” Paul is saying, Jesus’ covenant is with a people who are forgiven. Jesus’ apostles minds were miraculously opened to understand the holy scriptures, thus Paul is quoting from Isaiah 59:20-21, 27:9 and Jeremiah 31:33-34 in his exclamation.

(Rom 25:28-29; “In regard to the gospel they (“the Israelites”) are enemies for your “gentiles” sake, but in regard to election they are dearly loved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”)

Promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses are irrevocable, many yet to be fulfilled.

(Rom 25:30- “Just as you ‘gentiles’ were formerly disobedient to God, but have now received mercy due to their “the Israelites” disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, “gentiles” they too may now receive mercy. For God has consigned all people to disobedience so that He may show mercy to them all. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how fathomless His ways! (34) For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? Or who has first given to God, that God needs to repay Him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To God be glory forever! Amen.”)

Through God’s mercy seat, “now Jesus” both Israelites and all thought of as being foreigners have mercy through Jesus’ death, resurrection, ascension and now serving as our Mediatior before the Father. (The mercy seat in God’s first temple, looked forward to Jesus becoming “the mercy seat.” Study Exodus 25: - 40: and Leviticus 16:)

Jesus made it clear to the Pharisees and Sadducees, “you don’t recognize Me nor My Father” because it isn’t given to you to know at this time. (See Matt 13:11, Luke 8:10, 1Cor 2:12, 1John 4:13, & 5:20, Likewise today: “not many recognize the benefit of God the Father and God the Son being atOne and that all will be resurrected, “each in their own order.”

Jesus and James’ brother, “Jude” desired to write about the common salvation, but was compelled rather to write about the apostasy he was witnessing taking place. That common salvation is foreshadowed by God’s three seasons and seven annual Sabbaths. 15th Nisan and 22nd Nisan. First and seventh days of “The Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles first and eighth day.

Passover season.

Passover still looks forward to Jesus’ saving through His shed blood, “remission of the sins.” In Egypt the Lord Jesus had the Israelites put the blood of a lamb or goat on their door post, so they would be protected from the death angel, still looking forward to His own shed blood saving Believers IN Him from their sins. (1) First annual Sabbath, the 15th day of Nisan. Jesus had them put leavening out from their dwellings for seven days, still foreshadows putting sins away from our life practices. Believing IN Jesus’ shed blood and our obedience saving from sin, gifting eternal life and a love of His law gifted. (2) Second annual Sabbath, 22nd day of Nisan, end of Feast

Pentecost.

(3) Pentecost “First Fruits” still looks forward to Jesus’ glorification and God the Father, imputing Believers IN with His spirit of truth, becoming atOne with God the Father, God the Son and one another. A greater fulfillment is destined to be during Jesus’ millennial kingdom on earth, when all Israel will be saved.

Feast of Tabernacles season.

(4) Trumpets still looks forward to the spiritual resurrection of Jesus Saints to serve with His. Satan bound for a thousand years. (5) Atonement still looks forward to our at-one-ment with Jesus, “seeing Him as He is” loving as He loves. (6) First day Feast of Tabernacles “Festival of Booths” still reminds that our physical lives are temporary, future peace, righteous judgment, Israel’s deliverances from their enemies, their enemies recognizing and coming to learn about their God and peace on earth. (7) The seventh annual Sabbath, eighth day of feast “Last Great Day” still looks forward to final Judgment, unrepentant person’s second death and New Jerusalem’s coming down with God the Father and submitting to the Father.

Israelites living in temporary dwellings and worshiping God exampled knowledge that temporary booths represents physical lives being temporary and looked forward to permanency. James and Jude could have included these holy seasons but were compelled to write about our overcoming this inherited from Adam nature, our resisting Satan’s deceptions, the apostasy taking place and overcoming pulls of the flesh to the end.

Gifted Desire to Overcome.

James 5:1-6; “Come now, you rich! Weep and cry aloud over the miseries that are coming on you. Your riches have rotted and your clothing has become moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted and their rust will be a witness against you. It will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have hoarded treasure! Look, the pay you have held back from the workers who mowed your fields cries out against you, and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived indulgently and luxuriously on the earth. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person, although he does not resist you.”) In this age the rich and worldly educated yield to the “falsely, so-called science” regarding everything from God’s being Creator, to family values and child rearing.

Wait on Jesus’ Revelations and Return.

(James 5:7-12; “So be patient, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s return. Think of how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the ground and is patient for it until it receives the early and late rains. You also be patient and strengthen your hearts, for the Lord’s return is near. Do not grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be judged. See, the judge stands before the gates! As an example of suffering and patience, brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name. Think of how we regard as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and you have seen the Lord’s purpose, that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. And above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath. But let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall into judgment.”) Swearing may include our speaking and teaching as if we know, “about things that aren’t revealed.” We should not think so highly of ourselves as to swear about what we think we know, what we learned from worldly education and what seems right to our inherited nature. Think, “if God reveals and is willing we will do such and such.” All God’s prophets, His apostles and many others are our examples of patiently persevering to the end.

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