First Fifteen

Rich and Poor (James 2:1-13)

November 04, 2020 Ron Oltmanns Season 4 Episode 9
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Rich and Poor (James 2:1-13)
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Rich and Poor (James 2:1-13)
Nov 04, 2020 Season 4 Episode 9
Ron Oltmanns

There’s a big misunderstanding that the Bible isn’t too concerned with money.  The fact is, the Bible has a lot to say about money because the choices we make with money reflect what’s in our hearts.  James 2:1-13 shows us our bias for the rich and God's concern for the poor while redirecting our hearts from chasing money to loving people.

If you are trying to have a quiet time, getting started in a relationship with God or seeking guidance at this point in your life, you're in the right place.

In fifteen minutes or less you will listen to God's word for you, reflect on it and learn to pray to God as well as carry that word with you through the rest of your day.  It's a perfect way to get started!

In season four we are praying through some of the letters in the Bible.  in this episode we continue praying through James, one of the General Letters filled with practical teaching and wisdom.  At the same time, James' letter is very gospel-centered and today's section particularly shows links to Jesus and the Jewish Torah. 

James says in 2:1 “Don’t hold the faith of Jesus Christ with partiality.”   This idea actually comes from Torah.  Leviticus 19:15 says, “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the rich, but judge your neighbor fairly.”  That one verse hits all the points that James talks about in 2:1-13.  

 We as humans are very concerned with money and we let it warp our character.  We pursue it and we give honor to those who have more than us.  God is concerned with money not because he needs it or because he shares our values, but because he wants to use it to train our character.  God’s bigger concern is: do you value people or money most?  James returns to the Torah, “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.  I am Yahweh.”  Lev 19:18   That was something Jesus stressed in his ministry, and James repeats it here.  In fact, if you go back to Matthew 5 (the first part of the Sermon on the Mount), James is basically anchoring all of his instruction in Jesus' core teachings. 

Are you biased toward the rich and against the poor?  Most of us don't think we are, but James says we need to get real.   Have you internalized the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself?  Spend time meditating on what you're heard/read from his word.  James emphasizes being a doer of the word, not just a hearer. 

We are using the letters to grow closer to God in season four.  We can't exhaust the riches in each part of scripture we cover, but you can go deeper into them on your own using our four step process.  You can download the helpsheet that details and demonstrates the four step process we use on First Fifteen using Psalm 1.

If you want to get more daily encouragement you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram @WordofPrayer15 .   You can find us on Facebook at Word of Prayer 15.

We have a book on Matthew 1-7 that goes more in-depth into the Sermon on the Mount and Matthew 5.  It's called Journey with Jesus: Praying Your Way through Matthew's Gospel on Amazon (or ebook on Kindle). 

 Additional resources at the Word of Prayer website https://word-of-prayer.com

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?u=30142397)

Show Notes

There’s a big misunderstanding that the Bible isn’t too concerned with money.  The fact is, the Bible has a lot to say about money because the choices we make with money reflect what’s in our hearts.  James 2:1-13 shows us our bias for the rich and God's concern for the poor while redirecting our hearts from chasing money to loving people.

If you are trying to have a quiet time, getting started in a relationship with God or seeking guidance at this point in your life, you're in the right place.

In fifteen minutes or less you will listen to God's word for you, reflect on it and learn to pray to God as well as carry that word with you through the rest of your day.  It's a perfect way to get started!

In season four we are praying through some of the letters in the Bible.  in this episode we continue praying through James, one of the General Letters filled with practical teaching and wisdom.  At the same time, James' letter is very gospel-centered and today's section particularly shows links to Jesus and the Jewish Torah. 

James says in 2:1 “Don’t hold the faith of Jesus Christ with partiality.”   This idea actually comes from Torah.  Leviticus 19:15 says, “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the rich, but judge your neighbor fairly.”  That one verse hits all the points that James talks about in 2:1-13.  

 We as humans are very concerned with money and we let it warp our character.  We pursue it and we give honor to those who have more than us.  God is concerned with money not because he needs it or because he shares our values, but because he wants to use it to train our character.  God’s bigger concern is: do you value people or money most?  James returns to the Torah, “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.  I am Yahweh.”  Lev 19:18   That was something Jesus stressed in his ministry, and James repeats it here.  In fact, if you go back to Matthew 5 (the first part of the Sermon on the Mount), James is basically anchoring all of his instruction in Jesus' core teachings. 

Are you biased toward the rich and against the poor?  Most of us don't think we are, but James says we need to get real.   Have you internalized the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself?  Spend time meditating on what you're heard/read from his word.  James emphasizes being a doer of the word, not just a hearer. 

We are using the letters to grow closer to God in season four.  We can't exhaust the riches in each part of scripture we cover, but you can go deeper into them on your own using our four step process.  You can download the helpsheet that details and demonstrates the four step process we use on First Fifteen using Psalm 1.

If you want to get more daily encouragement you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram @WordofPrayer15 .   You can find us on Facebook at Word of Prayer 15.

We have a book on Matthew 1-7 that goes more in-depth into the Sermon on the Mount and Matthew 5.  It's called Journey with Jesus: Praying Your Way through Matthew's Gospel on Amazon (or ebook on Kindle). 

 Additional resources at the Word of Prayer website https://word-of-prayer.com

Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?u=30142397)