October 24, 2021
DAY 295: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we begin our journey through the book of James. James was likely written by James, the brother of Jesus, who did not initially believe in Jesus as the Son of God. This letter was written to Jewish Christians, and provides James’ wisdom to any and all followers of Jesus Christ.
Before reading, stop and pray, asking that the Lord provide understanding of James 1-3. Read James 1-3. Let’s journey!
The author of the Book of James is believed to be James, the brother of Jesus, and did not initially believe that Jesus was the Messiah. James eventually became a leader in the church at Jerusalem, the first church, who faced many hardships under James’ leadership including famine, poverty, and persecution. During these times of hardship, James remained a pillar of faith and steady leadership for the church. This letter is unlike Paul’s letters. It does not provide solutions to specific problems, but rather sets out to challenge the way you live. James places special attention on Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount and the book of Proverbs.
James 1-3: James does not waste time on getting down to business! After a short greeting, he instructs on trials and temptations, their purpose and how we are to handle them. He writes about the importance of listening and describes how favoritism is hurtful. He addresses the complex topic of how deeds relate to faith. Finally, he addresses the difficulties in being a teacher and mastering the tongue. (James 1:1-3:18)
After concluding today’s reading, consider the following: What message(s) are being presented by James? What challenge is James issuing? What lesson can you take from the book of James and apply to your life?
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