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The General Epistle of James
Swearing Bible Quest
Do Not Swear - Swear Not at All
Was hoping to see you again here at Daily Bread! This is the last
chapter in the letter from James, and when we closed last time, James
was directing his message to people who follow their earthly desires.
Let's continue now.
Come now, you rich men, mourn for the misery that awaits you. Your
riches are corrupted and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and
silver is corroded and the rust from them will be a witness against
you, and will eat your flesh as it were fire. You have heaped
treasure together for the last days.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where
moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break
through nor steal:
Listen! You hold back the pay of workers in your fields and they cry
into the ears of the Lord. You've lived in pleasure on the earth, and
have been extravagant. You've fattened your hearts like in a day of
slaughter. You've condemned and killed the just (righteous) man, and
he doesn't resist you.
Swearing Bible Truth
Do Not Swear /Swear Not at All Reason
You can see that James is writing to many different people in this
letter. He switches from the faithful to the faithless and back
again. Perhaps he may even be addressing everyone, knowing that we're
all different at different times, and we're all subject to spirits,
it just depends on what spirit we're allowing for that day, hour or
moment. Maybe if the phrase was popular back then, James might have
said, If the shoe fits ... Slap that rascal on. Then he'd say, What
are you thinking? Take that shoe off and walk in the Lord's shoes!
Okay, back to our letter.
Be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Notice the farmer
waits for the precious fruit of the earth, through the early and
latter rains. Be patient yourselves. Strengthen your hearts, because
the coming of the Lord draws near.
Stop complaining about each other, or you'll be condemned too. Know
that the judge stands at the door (God is watching you always).
Use the prophets who have spoken in the name of the Lord for an
example of suffering affliction (enduring troubles) and of patience.
See, we consider those who endure, blessed. You've heard of the
patience of Job, and have seen the end (the final response) of the
Lord, that the Lord is very compassionate and of tender mercy ( Grace).
Swearing Bible Warning
Do Not Swear - Swear Not at All Danger
James wants us to relate this to our own lives. He knows that so many
times, those trials that he was talking about a few chapters ago,
will cause many to grow impatient and to want to abandon their Faith
because it seems too difficult and seems like the time is never gonna
get here. But look, he says, you respect the prophets and Job for
their patience and you've seen the rewards that the Lord has bestowed
on them for it. Carry on! Be strong! Walk the walk!
But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, nor
by earth, nor by any other oath (promise), but let your yes be yes,
and your no be no, or you might fall into judgment.
34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by
heaven; for it is God's throne:
35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by
Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou
canst not make one hair white or black.
37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for
whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Swearing Bible Concern
Do Not Swear And Swear Not at All Meaning
Many believe that "swear not" means that we are not to curse, but it
really means we are not to swear like they do in court rooms when
they say "Do you swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing
but the truth so help you God" ... Then he says to just say yes or
no, nothing else. A good reason not to do this is we oft times get a
little excited and want to show someone how serious we are and we
make such a vow and cannot keep it. This causes boggles. This goes
with making vows to the Lord as well.
Are any of you troubled? Let him pray. Are any joyful? Let him sing
praises! Are any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the
church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the
name of the Lord, and the prayer of Faith shall heal the sick, and
the Lord will raise him up, and if he have committed sins, they shall
be forgiven him.
Confess your faults to each other, and pray for each other that you
may be healed. The impassioned prayer of a righteous man, profits
much. Elijah was a man subject to the same emotions as we are, and he
prayed earnestly that it might not rain. And it didn't rain on the
earth for 3½ years! And he prayed again, and the heaven gave
rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
Swearing Bible Woes
Do Not Swear - Swear Not at All Blessing
Sincere, impassioned, earnest, effectual ... This is the kind of
prayer we should give to God, through Jesus Christ. The feeling that
you put into your prayer, is how it is received. God knows if you're
half-hearted or if you're asking or praising Him with your whole
Brethren, if any of you stray from the Truth, and someone turns him
back, let him know, that he who brings back the sinner from the error
of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude
Just think about that for a second. We've all done things that we
cringe about when we think of standing before God on Judgment Day,
speechless, when He asks us about them. James says that if you bring
one of God's lost children back to Him, a multitude of your sins will
be erased! How much is a multitude? It sounds like a lot!
Swearing Bible Summary
Do Not Swear Not at All Conclusion
Well, that's how James concludes his letter, and what can we
conclude from it? Faith is born out of love, and love inspires us to
act. We shouldn't do things (works) because we're afraid of God, we
do them because we love Him. That's what He meant when He said He
would put His law in our hearts. You don't keep from sinning because
it's against God's law, you do it because you love God.
Faith perseveres through trials. Faith won't allow us to consent to
our desires and slide into sin. In Faith there is no doubt or
favoritism. Through faith you can have wisdom, and control of
yourself. Your Faith can help you separate yourself from the world
and become submissive to God. Faith is patient. As you can see, Faith
is a powerful thing, akin to love.
Congratulations to you on completing this study of The General
Epistle of James. I look forward to next time when we begin our study
of The First Epistle of Peter. Come on back and share it with me
soon, right here, at Daily Bread.
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