Am I patient with others in the midst of my trials?
We LOOKED at money, a very, very key test!
We will peruse the next test – waiting patiently.
We will unpack James 5:7-12.
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Why Did James Write This Letter?
As you work through your discovery this week, keep James’ purpose in the back of your mind.
Let’s Ask For Help
Oh Lord, we come humbly to Your Word to hear from You today! Make us know Your ways! O LORD teach us Your paths. Lead us in Your truth, and teach us. For You are the God of our salvation. We will wait for You all the day, (Psa 25:24-25).
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#17. Consider the contrast of the rich and the brethren (mistreated by the rich). What are the brethren commanded to do in the midst of their trials until the coming of the Lord, CR? (Note the grammar.)
What do you learn from:
a. The illustration of the farmer?
b. The prophets?
c. The endurance of Job and the outcome?
d. Letting your yes, be yes? (v7-12)
Let’s LOOK at What God Says About
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Where will you begin?
Begin LOOKING by READING
Let’s read James 5:7-12 together, asking the 5W’s and H questions.
Try it on your own, then we’ll do together.
How’d you do?
Let’s check these verses out together!
7 Therefore (What is the therefore, there for? This is a Term of Conclusion.)
brethren, (Did you catch the Contrast? From who to who?)
WHEN? For how long?
until the coming of the Lord. (Do you note the time reference?)
HOW are we to be patient?
WHAT is the illustration?
for the precious produce
of the soil,
HOW does the farmer wait?
being patient about it (the produce),
until it gets
for the coming
of the Lord
9 WHAT else?
Do not complain,
against one another,
so that you yourselves
may not be judged;
WHY not complain against another?
right at the door.
As an example,
take the prophets
take the prophets
who spoke in the name
of the Lord. (Think: what does this mean?)
those (Who are those?)
who endured. (THINK: what did they endure?)
of the endurance of Job
of the Lord’s dealings,
WHAT are the Lord’s dealings?
that the Lord
is full of compassion
But above all,
do not swear,
either by heaven
with any other oath;
your yes is to be yes,
your no, no,
so that you may not fall under judgment.
We slowed down, and
We could clearly see ‘WHAT GOD IS SAYING‘?
What was key and repeated?
Did you see how many times James mentions ‘the brethren’ and ‘patience’ and ‘the coming of the Lord’?
How are the brethren told to be patient?
What were the illustrations?
Let’s Keep LOOKING and REASONING
About What We Just Read, and Let It Sink In!
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Unplug Your Ears!
So let’s do this!
In verse 7, what is the therefore, there for?
Consider the Context.
THINK: James just finished warning the rich, who were oppressing, persecuting the poor brethren, and NOW he turns to those poor brethren who were being persecuted to offer encouragement and explain how to handle the persecution.
What are those who are being persecuted to do?
Be patient, makrothuméō; From makróthumos – long-suffering, which is from makrós (3117), long, and thumós (2372), wrath, anger. Slow to anger; to be long-suffering, to be patient (Mt 18:26, 29; 1Co 13:4; 1Th 5:14; 2Pe 3:9), to endure patiently as opposed to losing faith or giving up (Heb. 6:15; James 5:7, 8). Syn. with hupoménō = endure. Involves exercising understanding and patience toward persons while hupoménō (5278) involves putting up with things or circumstances.
Do you remember hupoménō back in James 1:3?
Trials, the testing of our faith bring about endurance, patience.
The Grammar: This is a Aorist Imperative Active, aima.
This is a command!
“Therefore, be patient (slow to anger), brethren.”
“Biblical patience is tolerant of the imperfections, faults, and differences in others. It gives the other person time to change and room to make some mistakes in the process.” Stephen Cole
1. What do you understand James is saying to the brethren who are being persecuted?
a. Pro 16:32
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty. (Pro 16:32)
b. Heb 10:30
Vengeance is the Lord’s, the Lord will repay. (Heb 10:30)
Understand: Whatever the trial, the suffering, we are to be patient, not retaliate, vengeance is the Lord’s.
STOP! And let’s consider a couple of important facts about patience.
2. According to Corinthians, what does patience go hand in hand with?
Patience is first on the list that describes love. (1Co 13:4)
3. What is patience a part of, the result of?
Patience is the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal 5:22)
According to verse 7, How do we obey this command?
What are we waiting patiently for?
The Lord’s return.
The promise of the Lord’s Return is our hope!
Understand: James is saying to the persecuted, it won’t always be like this!
Understand: Knowing the Lord will return should encourage us to be patient.
1st, Let’s LOOK at the Lord’s 1st Coming.
1. Why did Jesus come the 1st time?
Jesus, the Lamb of God, came to take away the sins of the world. (Joh 1:29)
2. What happened?
a. 1Co 15:3-8
Jesus died, was buried and rose on the 3rd day appearing to over 500. (1Co 15:3-8)
b. Act 1:11-12
The apostles witnessed the resurrected Jesus taken up from them on the Mount of Olives into heaven. (Act 1:11-12)
Did you know the Lord’s Return is referred to over 300x in the NT?
1. Where will Jesus return?
When Jesus returns he will stand on the Mount of Olives. (Zec 14:4)
We see: This is same place He left from.
2. What does Matthew tell us about the Lord’s Return?
a. Mat 24:36
No one knows when. (Mat 24:36)
b.Mat 24:27; 1Th 5:2; Mat 24:29-31; Mat 25:31-46
Be like lightening; like a thief in the night. (Mat 24:27); (1Th 5:2)
Be Visible. (Mat 24:29-31)
Be a time of Separatation. (Mat 25:31-46)
Am I living each day in anticipation that Jesus could return at any moment?
Does this fill me with hope in the midst of my suffering?
Or, am I living pre-occupied with self?
Respond to God…LIVE it out!
3. What are we to do?
The end of all things is near: Be of sound mind; sober spirit (watchful) for the purpose of prayer. (1Pe 4:7)
b. 2Pe 3:7-14
Be people in holy conduct and godliness. (2Pe 3:7-14)
c. Mat 24:44
Be ready. (Mat 24:44)
d. Heb 10:24-25
Stimulate each other to love and good deeds,
What am I doing, and how am I acting as I wait patiently?
What must I do to abide in Christ?
Is my time with Christ changing my heart and conduct so I will be ready?
Who did I take time to stimulate and encourage today?
Respond to God…LIVE it out!
4. What does Romans promise?
Whatever we suffer here isn’t worthy to even be compared with what is ahead when the Lord Jesus comes. (Rom 8:18 )
Understand: When your about to cave in under suffering and persecution, stand up with the hope of the 2nd coming of Christ!
Take a Breath!
Reflect on everything God just said to us from His Holy Word about being patient in our trials!
Oh, don’t forget His Word, (Psalm 119:15-16).
How did God move you today?
Chat with God!
Commune with Him all day about living in the light of His return!
Now, Record What God Has Taught You
Put your discovery in your Notes.
Record the personal things God has touched you with.
Turn What We Have Learned Into Prayer
Perhaps. . .
GRACIOUS FATHER WHO IS FULL OF COMPASSION AND MERCY, we thank you for your Word to us that is a sure Word. Help us to receive every jot and tittle today! You have told us Jesus that we would have trouble. It is not ‘if’ but ‘when’ we encounter various trials Lord. No matter our sufferings and/or persecutions may we remember none of it comes without Your permission. May Your Truth change our hearts Lord! Help us to be patient, slow to anger, as You humble us! May we get our eyes off our circumstances and on to You, sweet Jesus. May our hearts desire be to abide in You, allowing You to energize our hearts Holy Spirit to be holy in conduct and godliness! Keep ever before us the hope of Your return, knowing that Your coming is drawing closer with every passing day! May we be of sound mind and watchful, encouraging one another, ready for that day that You, Lord Jesus, will be revealed from heaven in all Your glory! We ask this in Your name, Lord Jesus! Amen!
You’re doing GREAT!
Next: We’ll continue to LOOK at waiting patiently in trials.
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