Category: James

  • Kingdom of Priests

    In Exodus 19, the people of Israel have been brought to Sinai, the mountain of God. They have already been rescued from the death and slavery of Egypt. Now, after they have seen the great salvation of God in the overthrow of their enemies, they are being prepared to receive the law. God tells them […]

  • The Implanted Word

    Jesus points to the shema‘, the Hear, O Israel, as the greatest commandment, “You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” And the second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” All the rest of the Law and Prophets is an expansion […]

  • At War Within You

    David’s sin with Bathsheba is a prime example of the interconnectedness of whole body of the law. Though David had his own wives, he coveted another woman. He laid his hand on that which was forbidden and took her for himself, knowingly stealing another man’s wife. Of course, this is also adultery, and it leads […]

  • Out of the Heart

    In James 3, he speaks about the use of the tongue. It is such a small thing but has the power to create or destroy worlds. An abuse of the tongue is a direct affront against God, who created the world through His Son, the Word. A corrupt tongue opposes the pure tongues of fire […]

  • The Gift of Testing

    It is instructive to look at God’s call to Abraham to offer up Isaac in light of James. James says, “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” Isaac, the son of the promise, was […]

  • Through the fingertips

    Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 Deuteronomy details the covenant renewal that Moses addressed to Israel on the verge of their conquest of the promised land. A major theme repeated throughout […]

  • By every word

    Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, one who, when he hears the words of this […]