Verse of the Day – June 26, 2023

Verse of the Day – June 26, 2023

June 26, 2023 – Monday 

James 5:4     NIV

Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.

Comments

Ax mentioned in last Friday’s Verse/s of the Day, there are only two times Almighty is originally used in the New Testament. One in 2 Corinthians 6:18 which we have already looked at. Today we are going to look at the over verse outside of Revelation, James 5:4, Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.

For me the verse for today sounds rather ominous so for context let’s look at the preceding verses. First of all, the last verse from chapter 4, 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. That certainly seems to fit verse four above from the next chapter. But what of verses 1-3? Let’s take a look, Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.

Knowing this context lets look at 4:17 followed by 5:4 and see the fit, 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for themLook! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.

The rich or better yet the rich parasites, living off the labor of others. They refuse to do the good they ought to do which makes them parasites as they refuse to pay those laboring for them. From verses 1-3 in chapter 5 we know justice is coming to them in the form of real misery. We know their wealth will not protect them. All that they had horded will testify against them. And at the end Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. Then James tells them what awaits them, You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.

I like what the Pulpit Commentary says about verse 5, This seems to imply that they were like brute beasts, feeding securely on the very day of their slaughter. Ellicott’s Commentary adds, As they had dealt to others, so the vengeance of God dealt with them. Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible makes the same point much more pointedly, the Arabic version, “ye have nourished your hearts, as fattened for the day of slaughter”: like beasts that are fattened in order to be killed, so were they preparing and fitting up by their sins for destruction. They prepared themselves by their sins to be slaughtered. 

Bottom Line: Sins of omission can be deadly. We are to avoid taking advantage of others for our own gain. 

Prayer: Almighty God, What James has shown us is something we should already know, but You, through him, told so us how we might make such errors and that we are to avoid them. Thank You for such clarity for how we are to live our lives serving You. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ     

Riley D. Driver – Pastor          

Calvary Chapel of Dayton    

in Beavercreek