I wish I had the time to cover the entire book of James. Since I don't have the strength to do this in one sitting, I will see if I can share a few
bits from just the first few verses. The entire book covers so many hidden truths, but the one I like the most is how to ask for Wisdom and receive
what you ask for. Be careful what you ask for.
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings
---The first universal truth is that all of Israel is scattered among every nation. Yes, they have a homeland, but all nations comprise seed from the
original 12 tribes. Many of the readers here on ATS will be unaware of their Jewish heritage. More than this, many are grafted into this family from
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces
perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
---Pure joy comes from suffering. Produced by trials, our hearts are refined by fire. The fruit of this suffering is wisdom. Joy is the result of
becoming Sophia, or Wisdom. The love of Wisdom is Philosophy, but the joy of wisdom is knowing who imparts this wisdom. James sets out to show you
how Wisdom is gained. Suffering is the key. When life masters us, our joy is taken away. Failure leads to success in every case. Once success is
found on the farthest side of failure, we have mastered what masters us. Perseverance finishes the work to reach the end.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
---Yes, you should ask God. He will give you what you ask for without finding fault with you at the end of His process. It will be given to you, but
be careful of God's process. Wisdom comes at a cost as you will find.
6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person
should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
---And here, he gets to the point of why we must be determined that God can lead us to the end of our request. When asking for wisdom, God brings
trials to our life. Being double-minded is duplicity. If I seek God's wisdom for my own reward, then what am I really after? Reward. If I seek it
to avoid some perceived judgment of God, then why am I seeking wisdom? To avoid judgement. What did James promise at the end of Wisdom's work? Joy,
not reward. Joy is a complete and full heart. It is filled. If you are asking for wisdom, be prepared to sail the high seas with confidence.
9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they
will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In
the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
---Has he switched gears here? No, he is still speaking of those seeing wisdom. Why are the humble and lowly of the Earth in a high position
compared with the lowliness of the rich? Suffering. The lowly are developing wisdom. Wisdom is a flower continually blooming, while knowledge
passes away. Riches blind those possessing them as a false security and hope. The key to this comes from 1 Corinthians 13: Love never fails. But
where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. What is the
highest wisdom that can be attained by suffering for others? Love. What takes away our love? False hope. Riches are a false idol, while the lowly
have joy from lowliness. Wisdom never fades, but lasts an eternity. Ask for wisdom, but do not doubt God in his desire to show you how to live
forever. Love is the result if you make it to the end with joy in your heart.
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised
to those who love him.
---The crown is a renewed mind.
13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is
tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it
is full-grown, gives birth to death.
---Life comes from hitting the mark. Missing the mark is sin(chet). See this thread for more on the mark to hit:
The Mark of the Plowman. The Ox pulls the Cart
16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly
lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of
all he created.
---What is the Word of Truth?
Aleph Mem Tav
See the linked thread above for more on this word Truth (Emet). Taking away the Strength (Aleph) makes the word Death, or Met. The Ox pulls your
cart. Ask for wisdom and the cart will travel down a road of trials. Careful what you ask for, but realize what kind of crop comes from God's
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