Bed, They can plant articles to make themselves look good. God hears the cries of the oppressed who call out to him day and night. That’s true in the literal sense. The real question is, how will we use what God has given us? I could use the money to buy a hungry man a meal, or I could use the money to buy illegal drugs. Look what James says about each of those indicators: Your crops have rotted. Weep and cry aloud over the miseries that are coming on you.             and will eat your flesh like fire. But against all that we have the words of Jesus in Luke 12:15, “Life is not measured by how much you own” (NLT). That poor man is as good as dead. The cries of the workers reach the ears of the Lord of the Harvest. They have no moral value. "Equipping and encouraging people to keep believing in Jesus", Copyright © 2020 Keep Believing Ministries. Weep and cry aloud[ a] over the miseries that are coming on you. James 5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Warning to the Rich 5 Come now, you rich people! When the soldiers put the crown of thorns on his head, he didn’t curse at them. In ancient Israel, you had very rich people at the top of the ladder, and a whole lot of poor people at the bottom, and not very many in-between. We all know how this story ends. Here is the great difference in the objects of trust. You have laid up treasure in the last days. They are not “good” or “evil.” They are just twenty-dollar bills. Here’s the message in one sentence: The man who cheats the poor will be dealt with by a God who is big enough to do something about it. Let’s review the four warnings in our text: Wealth can make us arrogant. We might call them migrant workers in today’s terminology. Their miseries were sure to come because their silver and gold was rusted, their garments moth-eaten, and many just ones had been made to suffer by their fraud and lack of mercy. It does, however, provide ample evidence to enable us to draw the conclusion that both will exist under the rule of the Antichrist in the last days. We all deserve hell, and apart from Jesus, that’s where we will all end up. His failure shows that he was “high-minded” and had no trust in the living God, the source of his “good things.” No wonder he cries on the other side of death, “I am tormented in this flame!”, The rich men who are told to “weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you” (Jam 5:1-6) were men who had gained, hoarded, and lived delicately at the expense of the poor laborers. 1 Timothy 6:8-9. (2) These warnings are far us even if we are classified as “poor” and only have very few material things. James 5 New Living Translation (NLT) Warning to the Rich. We’ll discuss how we can thrive in the midst of trials, the importance of how we speak about others and how we should treat the poor. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Berean Study Bible Oppressing the poor to enrich oneself or giving gifts to the rich will surely lead to poverty. 5 Come now, you rich! Weep and wail over the miseries that are coming on you. Yes, God made rich certain men in the scripture (e.g. It will be admitted that riches will provide many comforts and exempt people from many of the problems that confront the poor; but people greatly err when they allow material things to supplant God in their lives. Warnings to the Rich. Ecclesiastes 10:19 even says, “Money is the answer for everything.” That’s true. That poor day laborer has been ripped off by the man who promised to pay him but lied to his face. 2 Your riches have rotted and your clothing has become moth-eaten. The Bible does not condemn wealth and neither should we. Be thankful for the grace of God that has saved you, and then pray that grace may reach all the way to your pocketbook. James 5:1-6 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you.… A nobleman who lived in the neighbourhood of the Rev.               weep and howl for the miseries Their greed blinded them to the needs of others. Apart from God’s grace, we may become enslaved to our money and insensitive to the needs of others. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. My enemy is the man in the mirror who worries too much about his bank account. Another Proverb warns us not to hasten to be rich. After all, if you’ve got enough money, you can create your own “heaven on earth.” It’s not real, and it won’t last, but money has tremendous power to feed our delusions. Because he has many fields that need harvesting, he must hire many men to work for him. Wicked men plotted against him and suborned perjury against him. You can use for leading a small group Bible study. An enormous, extravagant house? This is an area of my life that I struggle with the most. When he tries to win in court, the judge not only rules against him, he sends the poor man to prison, bankrupting him in the process. “Pastor John, whenever I read in James 5, the chapter about the wailing and misery awaiting the rich of this world, I am filled with fear for the judgment day. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep" (Luke 6:24-25). Or he says, “The check is in the mail,” but he doesn’t mean it. When they drove the nails in his hands and feet, he didn’t threaten them. Abraham, Solomon, Job) but not one of them sought to be rich. In some deep sense, all of life is about money and time, and there really isn’t a third category. Knowing all this, James issues a stern warning. Let me go back to the example I gave earlier. It should be clear from what I have written that I feel the pinch of this text. In the first century, many farm workers were essentially day laborers. There is no call to repentance. The problem lies in the human heart. It’s easy, quick, and a bit unnerving, especially for those of us who don’t feel rich. There is no need to feel ashamed and no need to dance around the truth. The rich know how to use their cash to bend the legal system in their direction. No wonder Jesus said to the rich young ruler, “go and sell that which you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven, and come follow me.” (Matt. This is what I meant earlier when I mentioned “the one who has the gold makes the rules.” Money buys influence, power, and protection from prosecution. They would probably say they are in the middle class. If you’ve got money, you can get out of trouble. So the laborer gathers up what money he has and tries to bring the wealthy man to court. Money makes us think we can get away with anything. The question is not, “Do we have money?” but rather “What is our money doing to us?”. He sees what the rich man does, and he knows how he uses his wealth to crush the poor. The rich have all the advantages. Meanwhile the rich man laughs about it with his buddies on the golf course. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Jesus was actually telling people to be “rich in good works”-to use this world’s goods in such a way that shows love for God and man-laying up treasures in heaven, when he said “make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that when you fall, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.” (Lk 16:9.). All of life is on loan from God. That means you make more than 96% of the people in the world. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. James 1:10-11. and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. If you make $60,000 a year, you are in the upper .2% of everyone in the world. We need to hear this because we live in a world that values money above everything else. ( Log Out /  It was his desire to hoard “all my fruits and my goods” for the purpose of eating, drinking, and being merry, without giving any credit to God or having even one thought for the less fortunate that caused God to say, “You Fool.” The sudden ending of his life, with the question-” Whose shall those things be?”-shows the folly of selfish, godless plans. 2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Without it, you are in big trouble. Scripture delivers many warnings to the wealthy. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. In fact, compared to him most of us are dirt poor. 2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. If you’ve got food in your pantry and clean water to drink, you’re doing better than millions of people around the world. Material riches are never certain. Mark 10:17-27 is the […] It is often said that James (who was the half-brother of the Lord Jesus) never mentions the crucifixion. Mr. D — , one day asked him to dine with him. Billy Graham remarked that he had never seen a Brinks truck following a hearse. Naked we came into the world. This text reminds us that the problem is not in the money. When they scourged him, he didn’t retaliate.              who mowed your fields, The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. The motives for making money assigned in the scriptures are to supply our own needs, those who are dependent upon us, and “that we may have to give to him that have not.” (1 Tim. Fraudulently withholding the hire of the laborer reveals a covetous spirit and unconcern for (or unbelief in) the day of judgment. Are those five bills evil in themselves? But he may be thinking of Jesus when he writes about “the innocent man” in verse 6. “Come now, you rich, Warnings And Promises. If you have gained according to God’s laws, neglect not the poor, especially those who are of the household of faith (Gal 6:10). How can we as believers live in such a way that the ethics and lifestyle of the kingdom pervade our lives?              and your garments are moth-eaten. They murdered the Son of God to satisfy their bloodlust. They twisted his words, they stirred up the crowd, and they backed Pilate into a corner so he would send Jesus to be crucified. He had the ability of helping Lazarus with his sores and satisfying his gnawing pangs of hunger, but he did not exercise his privilege. Now James asks us to consider an evil abuse of power. Money isn’t good or evil. 5:1) suggests there are dangers connected with being rich in this world. Everything you have is a gift from God. It’s a form of judicial murder, and it happens all the time. 5) can look no where else. ( Log Out /  Hold lightly what you value greatly because it isn’t yours anyway. I don’t have the money, but work for me tomorrow and I’ll pay you for two days.” The fellow grumbles but agrees to come back and work on Tuesday. By entering your annual income and pressing a button, you can find out where you stand. 1 Come now, x you rich, weep and howl for the y miseries that are coming upon you. Well, yes, James is certainly thinking about the richest of the rich. That evening the boss makes another excuse: “My foreman got busy, so we don’t have the money. 6:17 f; Jam. Garments are much better on the backs of the destitute than to become food for moths. “She always dressed in the latest fashions.” The widow who is “desolate” and “trusts in the Lord” (1 Tim. We must not think this couldn’t happen to us. That puts you in the upper 16%. For one thing, “rich” is a relative term. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It couldn’t be clearer. Ye have heaped treasure together … Continue reading Warning to the Rich However, I will push through with the Lord's help. How you spend your money is a gospel issue. Let’s suppose a certain worker arrives on Monday and works all day. He is unchangeable, eternal, and His promises are sure.              reached the ears of the Lord of hosts” (v. 4). In a real sense, money is like bait on a hook. You can easily find cross-references with online tools like biblestudytools.com and sometimes even in the back of your Bible. A four-week series The very wealth you were counting on … 5 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion … 5 Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. It offers no hope, but simply announces judgment from God. Biblical Illustrator. “They used their money to help others.”. That brings us to our text: James 5:1-6. In the end we come back to a familiar theme. Don’t be afraid to let go of the things you own. Just what warnings are given to the rich? You have laid up treasure in the last days” (vv. ( Log Out /  If God Allowed His Only Son To Be Crucified, How Much Worse Punishment. When I write it out I am able to process it better in my mind.. and since I lose papers and notebooks so easily, what better place is the James 5:1-4 ESV - Warning to the Rich - Come now, you - Bible Gateway Warning to the Rich - Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. “She invested in the Great Commission.” Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. The poor are not more righteous because of their poverty, and the rich are not necessarily more evil because of their wealth. Money makes us think we’re safe. When the Gallup organization surveyed world income, they discovered that 22% of the world population lives on less than $1.25 per day and 34% lives on less than $2 per day. Faith That Works – Warning to the Rich: James 5:1-6 . Warning to the Rich - Come now, you rich! They were hired by the owner and paid by the day.              in a day of slaughter” (v. 5). Watch Queue Queue 2 z Your riches have rotted and z your garments are moth-eaten. You either have it, save it, earn it, borrow it, or perhaps you steal it. From a positive standpoint, Timothy was to charge the rich to “Trust in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy . Man is prone to look upon that which is seen — that which is tangible, and therefore place his trust in these things instead of the unseen, eternal God. In this case, the rich used the legal system to destroy the poor. Your riches have rotted and your clothing has become moth-eaten. Rusted money is not needed by the possessor, but would be put to good use by one in need. But riches can trick you into thinking you don’t need God. This video is unavailable. "But woe to you that are rich, for you have already received your comfort. King James Bible He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want. Wealth can make us self-indulgent. But in absolute terms, we’re rich. Large staff of servants? Warning to the Rich Dan Lee James 4:13 - 5:6 | December 2, 2018 James continues his no-nonsense approach to the difference Jesus makes in the life of a believer. are crying out against you, The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. do good, be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.” Trusting in riches instead of God is to trust in that which is not a sure source of good. An Italian proverb reminds us that “the last robe has no pockets.”. You were rich or you were poor. You make more than 84% of the people in the world. Timothy was to charge them, negatively, to “be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches.” Riches promise much the same things that God does-security, happiness, etc. 2 Your wealth is ruined and your clothes are moth-eaten. Money buys us influence, it opens doors, it allows us to have houses and cars and boats and planes and nice clothes and fancy jewelry. Warning to the Rich.              the righteous person. 3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. We can say this another way. Open your bibles to James 5:1-4. How many rich men today get rich by keeping the wages of those work for them very low? Wealth can protect you from many things on earth, but it cannot protect you against the judgment of God. 2 Your riches have rotted If you make $50,000, you’re in the upper .3%. God is certain. The answer is no. 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