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16 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 86 — Psalms 107:33-43

Study 86  From the Book of Psalms is: Psalms 107:33-44


11-   What is shown about God Himself and His love by these great acts of deliverance? What was required of men to enter into these experiences?
22 -   Study the evidences given here of God’s control of human experiences and circumstances. Cf. verse 34 with Joel 1:19, 20; 2:3; Dt. 29:22-26; and verse 35 with Is. 43:19, 20; 44:3.


15 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 85 — Psalm 107:1-32

Study 85 From the Book of Psalms is: Psalms 107:1-32


This psalm has a general introduction (verses 1-3), then four examples showing God’s steadfast love (verses 4:32), and a conclusion summarizing what is learnt about God from these experiences (verses 33-43).
1 1-   What are the situations of difficulty from which God rescued His people? Study (a) the reasons for these difficulties, (b) the feelings of the people in them, and (c) the way in which they obtained relief.
    2-   What reactions are called for from those who have been delivered in these ways?
3 3-   How do some of the acts of Jesus show the same pattern as God’s acts here? Cf., e.g., verses 23-32 with Mk. 4:35-41; Mt. 14:22-33. What does this show us about Jesus?


14 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 14 — 1 Chronicles 29

Study 14  From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 29


With this study, we end the book of 1 Chronicles. Tomorrow, we will go back again into the book of Psalms
1 1-    Study verses 1-9 as a lesson in giving to the Lord. What did David ask of the people, and on what grounds? What characteristics of their giving are specially emphasized? Cf. 2 Cor. 8:3-5; 9:7. Is our giving of similar quality?
2 2-    Consider in David’s prayer (verses 10-19) (a) what he says of God, (b) what he says of man and of his own attitude of heart, and (c) what he prayed for. Seek to learn from to enrich and enlarge your own praying.


13 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 13 — 1 Chronicles 28

Study 13 From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 28

When David had done all the could in his private and personal capacity in preparation for the building of the Temple, he summoned an assembly of the leaders in all departments of nation’s life to commend the scheme to them, and, as the next chapter shows, was greatly gratified by their response.
1  1-    ‘I had it in my heart to… But God said to me, “You may not”’ (verses 2 and 3). Have we known some such experience in our service of God? How does David bring out that God’s plan was far better?
2  2-    There are two charges to Solomon in this passage, in verses 9, 10 and 20, 21.  Considering them together, (a) what was to be Solomon’s first duty, (b) what the character of the God with whom he had to do, (c) what the two grounds of his confidence, and (d) what consequently the manner and spirit of his service?  What lessons do you find in this for your life?
Note. Verse 19.  Notice the distinct claim here made that the pattern of the Temple and of its service was given to David by revelation.


12 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 12 — 1 Chronicles 25-27

Study 12   From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 25-27


These chapters record the family divisions and the work of (a) the 4,000 choristers mentioned in 23:5 (see chapter 25), (b) the 4, 000 doorkeepers (26:1-19), and (c) the 6,000 officers and judges (26:20-32). All these were Levites. Chapter 27 records the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the monthly division, and the chief officers of state.
1  1-    Who were the three chief leaders of praise? See 25: 1; also 6:33, 39, 44;15:16, 17. Why is their ministry of praise called ‘prophesying’? Cf. Eph. 5:18, 19.
2  2-    Amidst the many differences of function and service described in these chapters, notice the way in which all contribute to the worship and honour of the Lord. What developments of this lesson do you find in the teaching about Christian service in Eph. 4:1-7, 11, 12; 1 Cor. 12:18-21?
Notes
1-    25:1. ‘The chiefs of the service’: the phrase seems to refer here to those in charge of the Temple staff’, ‘the authorities of the temple’ (Moffat).
2-    25:3. ‘Jeduthum’: elsewhere called ‘Ethan’. See 6:44; 15:17, 19.
3-    26:29. ‘Officers and judges’: the officers collected the tithes and other revenue and the judges gave judgement in matters of law.

11 October, 2017

Introductory notes to chapter 23-27 – Before we tackle those studies

These five chapters describe how David and the leaders of the tribes organized
before David’s death the administration of the kingdom. The first matter taken in hand was the ministry of the priests and Levites, who had charge of the Temple and its worship and also administered judgment. This is set forth in chapters 23-26. Chapter 23 speaks of the Levites as a whole, chapter 24, of the priests (verses 1-19), and their attendants (verses 20-32). Then in chapter 27 are given in lesser detail the civil and military leaders of the nation other than Levites.



Study 11  From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 23 and 24

Chapter 3, after telling of the assembly at which these matters were decided (verse 2), first gives the division of the Levites according to their work (verses 3, 4, and then their divisions according to families or house, as descended respectively from the three sons of Levi-from Gershom (verses 7-11), from Kohath (verses 12-20), and from Merari (verses 21-23).  The remainder of the chapter defines their duties. Chapter 24 speaks of those who served within the Temple, distinguishing between the sons of Aaron, who were priests (verses 1-19), and the rest, who were attendants of the priests (verses 20-31). Together these made up the 24, 000 of 23:4a.

1 1-    Compare the special duties of the priests (23:13-see Note below) with those of the other Levites who were not sons of Aaron. What part of the Levites’s former duties were now no longer necessary, and why (23:25-32)?
2 2-   Why has all this elaborate organization passed away? Cf.  Heb. 7:11-25. What has taken its place? Cf. Heb. 8:1, 2; 1 Pet. 2:4, 5, 9; Rev. 1:6.

Note. 23:13. ‘To consecrate…’ : better, ‘to sanctify as most holy him and his sons for ever’ as in RV mg. The burning of incense implies also the sprinkling of the blood of the atonement. Cf . Ex. 3010; Lv. 16:12-14.


10 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 10 — 1 Chronicles 22: 2-19

Study 10   From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 22: 2-19


The thought of building a house for the Lord had been in Davids’ mind, but now the way for action was open. This passage tells of (a) the abundance of what David prepared; (b) his charge to Solomon; and (c) his charge to the leaders of the tribes.
1 1.     What may we learn form David’s high conception of the kind of building that alone would be worthy (verse 5), and from the abundance of his preparations? Contrast the spirit of the people in Malachi’s day (Mal. 1:6-8). What may we learn from David’s willing acceptance of God’s decision that not he, but Solomon, should build the Temple?

22.   Study David’s charge to Solomon and the people. What did he lay down as the all-important secrets of success? What were the people to do before undertaking the task of building (verse 19)? Cf. 2 Cor. 8: 5



09 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 9 — 1 Chronicles 21:1 – 22:1

Study 9  From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 21:1 – 22:1


1-    What circumstances, do you imagine, may have left David particularly prone to temptation at this time? Why was the numbering of the people displease God? Cf. Je. 17:5. What evidence do you find of the genuineness of David’s repentance? Cf.  2 Cor. 7:11.
2-    What two proofs are there in this passage of God’s forgiving mercy? Observe how God turned the incident into blessing by using it to show David the site of the Temple. Cf. 21:18, 22:1; 2 Ch. 3:1.


08 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 8 — 1 Chronicles 18-20

Study 8  From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 18-20


1-    What indications do you find in chapter 18 concerning (a) David’s heart attitude towards God, and (b) the way in which he exercised authority as king? What in turn did God do for him? How? Then, did he come to the sad end described in 1 Ki. 2:31, 32, 34.
2-    How do chapters 19 and 20 show what grave consequences may arise out of a misunderstanding, and what retribution may result from an act of folly?
3-    What good qualities are seen in Joab in these chapters? How then, did he come to the sad end described in 1 Ki. 2:31, 32, 34.



07 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 7 — 1 Chronicles 17

Study 7  From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 17



1- From this chapter and other passages where Nathan is mentioned (2 Sa. 12:1-15, 25; Ki. I passim; 4:5), work out what an important place he had in the lives of David and of Solomon. The revelation here made to him and through him to David is one of the chief Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament, and had a profound influence upon the development of the Messianic hope. Cf., e.g., Ps. 89:26, 27; Lk. 1:33; Heb. 1:5.
2- In what sense did God deny David’s desire, in what way modify it, and in what way answer it above all that David asked or thought?  Note especially verses 4, 10b, 12a. Have you had any comparable experience of the Lord’s, dealing in your own life?


06 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 6 — 1 Chronicles 16:7-43

Study 6 From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 16:7-43


1      Verses 8:22, 34-36. What should be the response of God’s people in return for all His goodness? Make a list of all the things the psalm calls upon them to do. Note for what purpose Herman and Jeduthun were ‘chosen and expressly named’ (verses 41, 42).

2      Verses 23-33. Here the psalmist looks beyond Israel, and summons all nations to worship the Lord. What reasons does he gives why they ought to do so? Can you use this hymn of praise as a thankful acknowledgement of all that the Lord means to you?


05 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 5 — 1 Chronicles 15:1-16:6

Study 5  From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 15:1-16:6


1 What reason does David assign for the failure of the first attempt to bring the ark to Jerusalem? Comparing chapter 15 with chapter 13, what was there common to both processions, and what peculiar to the second? What is the obvious lesson for us to learn?
2 ‘Sounds of Joy’ (15:16; see also verses 25, 28, 29). What made David rejoice so greatly? What did the ark stand for in his eyes? What kind of activity should cause us similar joy?


My Son Has Brain Cancer - Please Pray for Him

Philippians 3:14  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

I had such a disastrous 2016 because I found out my son had brain cancer while his wife was pregnant with their second child. The first one was only two years old at that time. To make matters worse, I had family problems so I could not even have access to my son so that I would be kept updated. People on Facebook had more information than I, about his case. This tidbit, in itself is a long story and I do not want to touch it. All you need to know is that God was good to me. He broke every barrier that was erected for me not to have access to my son and be in his life. In the end, I got access to him after surgery. During that time, I thought I was going crazy and I had to do everything in my power to remain sane and strong and avoid going through a depression.

2017 has not been better. My son had to get radiation and after that, he had to go through chemo. While he was going through chemo, I got a phone call from him and my heart fell to my feet when I heard him said his last MRI, revealed the cancer has returned in his brain and he needed to have surgery again. Having my son being ravaged by cancer is not as painful as knowing that not only he does not know the Lord, but over the years, he has been so disappointed by ‘religion’ that his heart has harden toward God. So, at this point, my son reminds me so much of Pharaoh with his harden heart vis a vis God. God has been somewhat silent on the matter. The only thing He told me is to keep trusting Him and be patient. He reminded me that I have surrendered my son to Him, few years ago. He also reminded me that no matter what happen, He will strengthen me and will always be by my side. All this is happening while I have a soap opera going on around me in my family.

Even before all these things, my situation was already shaky and in my mind, I thought it was temporary and in due time, God would change my circumstances. So, in trying not to fall into depression, I found myself kind of ‘staying away from God’. I have no idea what to call this ‘season’ that I have been going through. One thing I was always mindful of is that I had to be careful not to distance myself too much from God because backsliding is too easy. So, His grace kept me from wandering off too far. After a while, He decided it was enough and I had to come back to the life I had with Him. So, the past few weeks have been times of restoration. I was judged and rebuke big time, by Him.  Although I had regrets in my heart for having acted this way toward Him, I begged Him for days to give me what I had experienced few years ago when I found out what true repentance meant. He did indeed hear me and granted my desire as He allowed me to experience Godly repentance so that I can deal with Him personally.

Today, I was reading Philippians 3:14, the Spirit of God reminded me that Paul was in prison, yet his spiritual life went forward with God. He emphasized to me the fact that Paul’s life would have appeared to everyone that his situation was temporary, and Paul would have had the rights to take it slow and wait and see.  But, He showed me, just like Paul, the goal for me is to go forward with my spiritual life, there is no time to pause because the race calls for constant movement forward whether through the pain, the uncertainties, the lack of comfort and the unknown. What He needs from me is to cultivate the right attitude and frame of mind to cultivate “His mind” as I bring myself daily to a place of purposely surrender and press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Then, He said ‘what did you think Paul meant when he said that?  He continued…, this is where you are, this is the crossroads you are at now, this is the life, choose to move on with me’! But not only He said those things, right then and there, He willed me to do just that and continue the walk with Him.

PLEASE PRAY FOR MY SON’S HEART TO SOFTEN TOWARD GOD. He is surrounded by spiritual warfare, based on his environment.  I do not want to say more about the other side of the story that would shed light on how he managed to be in such an hostile environment to God.  I do not want to give Satan more ammunition against someone else.  But, those of you with the spirit of God, will understand. So, PRAY THAT THE LIGHT OF GOD WOULD PENETRATE HIS HEART HE WOULD UNDERSTAND, HEAR AND MADE WILLING TO HUMBLE HIMSELF AND EMBRACE HIM AS HIS LORD AND SAVIOR. PRAY THAT HE WOULD UNDERSTAND WHY WE ALL NEED A SAVIOUR in Christ. I have shared the gospel with him and has provided him with a Bible.

 So, this is my story and I hope God uses it and the internet to strengthen someone else
In His Agape Love,
M.J. Andre

04 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 4 — 1 Chronicles 13 and 14

Study  4 From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 13 and 14


1.     The story in chapter 13 will repay reflection. Was Uzzah alone guilty, or was the spirit of deep reverence lacking also in king and people? Was it too much like a heathen idol procession? What lesson would the judgment upon Uzzah impress upon the people? Cf. Heb. 12:28, 29
2.     The Philistines were not willing to submit to the ascendancy of David, and three times made an all-out effort to regain the upper hand. What may we learn from the way David met the challenge?
Note. 13:6. The power and majesty of God are emphasized, as also His presence. Note also the words ‘before God’ are emphasized, in verses 8 and 10



03 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 3 — 1 Chronicles 12

Study 3 From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 12


1.      Observe the unity prevailing at this time among the followers of David—though drawn from so many different tribes—and also the diversity of gifts which were found among them. Make a list of these gifts and compare them with the gifts of the Spirit as set forth in 1 Cor. 12:4-11. What was the secret of the unity that prevailed?
2.      What qualities of character do you find commended in this chapter? Are they characteristic of the Christian Church today? Are they true of you?
Note. Verse 18. ‘Amasai’: probably the same as Amasa of 2:17; 2 Sam. 17:25; 20:10.


02 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 2 — 1 Chronicles 10 and 11

Study 2  From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 10 and 11


1.     Chapter 10 is a sad story of failure. To what is Saul’s failure ascribed? Are our own lives free from the sins which brought about Saul’s downfall? Cf. IS. 8:19, 20.
2.     What instances are given in chapter 11 of the valour and loyalty of the men who followed David? What may we learn from the story concerning the nature of true fellowship, love and Christian service? Cf. Acts 20:22-24
Note. 11:8. ‘The Millo’: probably the name of an ancient citadel in the city.


01 October, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 1 — 1 Chronicles 1-9

Study 1  From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: 1 Chronicles 1-9


These chapters, which at first sight appear to be mere wilderness of names, are seen on closer inspection to contain an orderly arrangement, like a garden divided into separate beds. The writer begins with the line of descent from Adam to Noah, and then gives the descendants of each of Noah’s three sons (1:1-27). Arriving thus at Abraham, he lists the sons of Ishmael, and of Keurah, and Isaac’s two sons, Israel and Esau, with a list of the descendants of Esau (1:28-54). With chapter 2 begins the list of Israel’ sons, with their descendants. Judah comes first and is given the largest space (2:3-4:23); then Simeon (4:24-43), Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh (chapter 5) Levi (chapter 6), Issachar (7:1-5), Benjamin (7:6-12), Naphtali (7:13). Manasseh (7:14-19), Ephraim (7:20-29), Asher (7:30-40). It will be noticed that two tribes are omitted. In chapter 8 the descendants of Benjamin are given more fully, leading up to the family of Saul and his descendants; chapter 9 gives a list of inhabitants of Jerusalem, and repeats the genealogy of Saul as an introduction to the story of his death in chapter 10.  Amidst these lists of names are a number of passages which may be spiritually applied with profit to ourselves.

1 Read 4:9, 10 and 5:18-22. What do you learn for your own life from the examples of (a) Jabez, and (b) Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh about success and victory? Cf. Ps. 81:10; Col. 4:2; 1 Jn. 5:4.
2 Build for yourself a mental picture of the lives and service of the Levites, as described in chapter 6. Are there lessons to be learned from this passage about the nature of true worship?

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30 September, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 0 — 1 Chronicles Book

Study 0  From the Book of 1 Chronicles is: The Introduction of 1 Chronicles


The two books of Chronicles, which are really one whole were composed at a much later date than the other historical books and frequent reference is made to former writings not now possessed by us.  The date is after the carrying away to Babylon (1 Ch. 6:15) and after the decree of Cyrus ordering the return (2 Ch. 36:22, 23), which decree is found also in the first chapter of Ezra. The literary style is similar to the books of Ezra-Nehemiah, which suggests that all belong to the same period.


The books of Chronicles are placed last in the Hebrew Bible. They are separated from the other historical books, and form part of the section of the Hebrew Canon known as ‘Hagiographa’ or ‘Writings’. The Hebrew title for the books of Chronicles is ‘The Word of the Days’, and the Greek title is ‘Omissions’. The name ‘Chronicles’ comes from Jerome. The theme of the books is the need for God to be central in the life of the nation, and the frequent times in the history of the monarchy when the nation turned away from Him. With occasional times of reformation under such kings as Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah and Josiah. After the death of Solomon (2 Ch. 9) the story of the southern kingdom alone is told, with only occasional references to the northern kingdom. The work of the prophets as witnesses to the truth of God, when kings and even priests corrupted it, is shown again and again, as is the faithfulness of God to the people of His choice. The interest of the writer centres very largely in the Temple, its priesthood and its worship.

29 September, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 7 — James 5

Study 7 From the Book of James is: James 5


With this lesson, we end the book of James. We start 1 Chronicles tomorrow.
James denounces the callous rich language which recalls, that of the Old Testament prophets. Cf. 1:9-11; 2: 1-7.
  1. Verses 1-12. What is the outstanding fact underlying James’ warnings to the rich and his counsel to the oppressed? Do we, rich or poor, share this eternal perspective? What particular warnings should we take from verses 1-6? What reasons (verses 7-10) are there for self-control and what grounds for joyful peace of mind?
  2. Verses 13-20. In what ways are we called upon to help others? In particular, what illustrations are here given of the power of prayer, and what conditions of effective prayer are laid down?
Notes
  1. Verse 3b. NEB Translates, ‘You have piled up wealth in an age that is near its close’
  2. Verse 6. The reference is probably not to Christ, as some suppose (cf. Acts 7:52), so much as to prevailing social conditions.
  3. Verse 9. ‘Do not grumble’: the verse recalls 4:11, 12, where open criticism is discouraged; notice the similar legal language.
  4. Verse 11. ‘The purpose of the Lord’: literally ‘The end of the Lord’ (AV, RV,). i.e., what the Lord finally purposed for Job. See Jb. 42:12.
  5. Verse 12. It seems that James’ readers were notoriously unable to control their tongues: cf. 1:19, 26; 2: 12; 3: 5ff; 4:11; 5:9.
  1. Verse 16. ‘Confess your sins’ there must be no hushing up of sin if prayer is to prevail. Cf. Ps. 66:18; Mt. 5:23, 24.
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28 September, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 6 — James 4

Study 6  From the Book of James is: James 4


1.     Verses 1-10. How does James diagnose the condition of those to whom he is writing? Can you find in verses 4:10 seven steps to spiritual recovery? What cause is there for encouragement and gratitude in this often painful business?
2.     Verse 11-17. The Christian community to which James was writing was further disfigured by evil speaking and rash confidence. What guidance does James give concerning, our attitude (a) to our fellow-Christians, and (b) to tomorrow? What difference would it make to your life if you took seriously the definition of sin in verse 17?
Notes
1.     Verse 4. ‘Unfaithful creatures’: literally ‘adulteress’. Cf. Ho. 3:1. But, the reference here is to apostasy not immorality.
2.     Verse 6. The quotation of Pr. 3:34 is introduced to demonstrate the wonder of God’s grace, which is able to overcome even the worldly spirit of James’ reader, if they will humble themselves and respond to His Spirit’s yearnings.
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27 September, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 5 — James 3

Study 5  From the Book of James is: James 3


In this chapter James returns to two subjects which he has already mentioned: the tongue (cf 1:19, 26 and wisdom (cf.1:5)
1.     Verses 1-2. Why does James discourage undue eagerness to take up teaching? Ponder his vivid illustrations of the power, for good or evil, of the tongue. How is the malignity of the tongue most clearly shown, and why is it so serious? How does James also show that the tongue’s inconsistency is monstrously unnatural?
2.     Verses 13-18. What are the marks and results of the two kinds of wisdom described in these verses? Consider how the qualities of heavenly wisdom, described in verses, 17, 18, were seen in the Lord Jesus. Are they evident in my life?
Notes
1.     Verse 6. NEB Translates: ‘And the tongue is in effect a fire. It represents among our members the world with all its wickedness; it pollutes our whole being; it keeps the wheel of our existence red-hot, and its flames are fed by hell’.
2.     Verse 13. ‘Meekness’: a word which today has lost much of its original nobility. For the Greeks, it denoted a strong man’s self-discipline and a wise man’s humility. Cf. 1:21.
3.     Verse 14. ‘Do not boast and be false to the truth’: to boast of wisdom when the heart is full of envy and selfish ambition is mere sham. Cf. 1:26.
4.     Verse 18 is to be contrasted with verse 16. Disorder and vileness accompany envy and rivalry; but righteousness (or justice) is the seed and crop of the peacemakers.




26 September, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 4 — James 2:14-26

Study 4 From the Book of James is: James 2:14-26


James has already warned against an empty religion which is impure (1:26-27), here he warns against an inactive faith which is impotent.
1.     Verses 14:20. Empty faith is word without action, profession without performance. Cf. 1 Jn 3:18. How profitable is my faith by the test of James’ illustration? How does my faith differ from that of the demons?
2.     Verses 21-26. James illustrates his argument by reference to two very different people. How was the principle of verse 22 demonstrated in their lives? Is the principle at work in my own life?
Notes
1.     Verse 14.  This sense is: ‘Can (that sort of) faith save him? i.e.’ from condemnation.
2.     Verse 18. The objection that some have faith and some have works is specious because without corresponding moral action faith is empty and barren, like that of the devils (verse 19).
3.     Verse 25. ‘Justified by works’: cf. Rom. 3:20, 28; Gal. 2:16. Paul and James seem to contradict one another. But, in fact, Paul says, ‘Faith can save apart from works of the law’, and James says, ‘Faith cannot save without the works of faith. ‘The two are therefore complementary.


25 September, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 3 — James 2:1-13

Study 3 From the Book of James is: James 2:1-13


1.     Verses 1-7. On what five grounds (three general and two particular) does James condemn the snobbish conduct described in Verses 2, 3? With verse 4, cf. 4:11. We, too, believe in the ‘Lord of glory’. Are we free from the preoccupation with what people have rather than what they are? Do we love and learn from ‘the rich in faith’?
2.     Verse 8:13. ‘This partiality business is just a minor matter.? How does James deal with this sterile objection? Why, in a life which may otherwise appear to be law-abiding, is one form of sin, like partiality, so serious?
Notes
1.     Verse 12. Our freedom is not freedom from the obligations and moral law; it is freedom to fulfil (verse 18) the just requirements of the law.
2.     Verse 13b. Mercy triumphs over (not justice but) judgement. The same word is translated. ‘condemnation’ in 5:12. Mercy will finally triumph because when the merciless are condemned, the merciful will be forgiven.