Study In James – Jas 5:4-8 Be Ye Also Patient

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Jas 5:4-8 Be Ye Also Patient

Jas 5:4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
Jas 5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
Jas 5:6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
Jas 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
Jas 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Last study we went over how the old man represents the rich man who lived in pleasure; how his riches were cankered, and how he has heaped up treasures together for the last day. But now, as though speaking of someone else out there, he talks of being patient unto the coming of the LORD. That the LORD, the husbandman, waits for the precious fruit OF THE EARTH…

The fruit that The Spirit is talking about is the fruit that comes from the fire of The LORD’s words that will burn up the works of the rich man/the old man. It is through the suffering we endure in the struggle between the old man and new man from which the fruit comes, the eagles feeding on the carcase,

Mat 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

He is speaking to the new man, the poor man, poor in spirit, who has been oppressed by the rich man.

Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Jas 2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?

We are being admonished to be patient in our waiting for our day of the LORD, our “coming of the day of the LORD” to destroy the rich man. The flesh lives in constant pleasure, always seeking something more, always, constantly coveting more than what it has, never satisfied with whatever place it finds itself. But it through this constant seeking of something more by the rich man that the poor man is oppressed, and God seeks the occasion to destroy the flesh. God uses this constant coveting to destroy the flesh of the rich man, and this destruction is the precious fruit on which the poor man feeds.

Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

The pure water that proceeds out of the throne of God and OF THE LAMB is also the STREET. The water is the street where upon we walk on water and pick the fruit for which the LORD had long patience. We know that Christ walked upon the water DURING A GREAT STORM, and the disciples marveled at this miracle. Now we are also walking on the water of God’s word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LAMB. However, the waters that Christ walked upon were a parable (Mar 4:11) of what we would have to do, the storms that would come on which we would have to walk to get to the other side.

Mar 6:48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
Mar 6:49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:
Mar 6:50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
Mar 6:51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

This is us. This is where we find the fruit of great value, on the storms of life that come through the rich man who oppresses us. But this is the plan of God, a life filled with pain and suffering that produces a fruit of great value.

Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

This is the how the precious fruit is grown. It is precious because it comes from this great time of struggle. It’s how the fruit becomes ripe for picking. The seed, the word of God, is planted, it dies, it then grows out of the dust of the earth, it sprouts a shoot, it is then rained upon, (the first rain ), the sun shines upon it, it grows through seasons of days and nights, through storms, it gets frost bitten, it gets extreme heat and then the latter rain.

All these things are the patience of God waiting for the precious fruit. These trials are the days of trials that weeds out the weak fruit that will never ripen. The cold times when it seems that God has turned a deaf ear and He does not hear us anymore is the frostbitten times when the bad fruit dies. But this is the way God thins the fruit so that the good fruit will grow bigger and better. The early rain softens the ground so that the sprout can break through the ground. Then the latter rain comes after long periods of no rain, no words from God, when we feel so dry and useless. This rain brings the fruit to its full ripening where we are able to pick it and eat it to the healing of the nations inside us. This is the patience of the saints.

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

We are both; we lead into captivity, only to be taken into captivity, we kill with the sword, the word of God, only to be killed with the sword. The rich old man must complete it all;

1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
1Co 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

Jas 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

Don’t grudge against each other while going through these times. Each individual part of the body is in a different stage of growth. We cannot expect everyone to be at the same spot we are. When we do we put undo pressure on God’s members, and He must bring us a trial so we can become humble again. God is the law giver, and if we are coveting our members to be where we are, then we are bringing a judgment on ourselves to burn out the rich man who thinks he is rich and in need of nothing.

Jas 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

It amazes me now that I read the accounts of all the suffering which the old testament prophets endured, and I read it as a story, a mythical tale like Huckleberry Finn or something similar – Just a story from which we could get some understanding. I never really took the time to consider that God had Satan take all Job had. He had his 10 children killed. We are told to see the patience of Job in these trials from God. But how many people actually meditated on the fact that his 10 children were killed? We see these acts as freak occurances that killed these people, but the truth is, God killed them by His servant Satan. We are told to “count them happy ” that endured. COUNT Job HAPPY that he endured the death of his 10 children. Can we really comprehend that when we are in the doctrine of the rich man that claims freewill? It is impossible to comprehend a God that would have your 10 children killed so that He could humble you when you believe you can make yourself good or evil.

These verses are the same as the following verses.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

And…

1Co 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

This is where we are taught truth in understanding the kingdom of God. God controls all things in all ways in all lives for His glory. And if He leaves you in sin and in iniquity and self-righteousness, these truths are not in your thoughts. And you must go through the lake of fire so that these words burn up the hay and stubble of your thoughts, the rich mans cankered gold and silver that cannot withstand the fire of God’s word. We are to take heed of how we see these examples in the prophets and people like Job. Their goods were given to them, and then their goods were taken. Their freedom was given to them, and their freedom was taken from them, and they were locked in prisons. Their children were given to them, and their children were taken from them. Their very lives were given to them, and their very lives were taken from them. What do we have to glory in that is ours as though we had attained anything? We cannot even claim our own sin.

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

2Sa 24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

Jas 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

This is an internal swearing. This is us inwardly trying to accomplish the work of God by our strength. ABOVE All things do not promise God anything, do not put yourself in a place where you have opened yourself up to judgment. That judgment that will show your hypocrisy and your weakness.

Mat 26:33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
Mat 26:34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Mat 26:35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
Mat 26:69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
Mat 26:70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
Mat 26:71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
Mat 26:72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
Mat 26:73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
Mat 26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
Mat 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

This is swearing to heaven and earth over which we have no control and must fall into condemnation.

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