James 2:1-13 A Case of Bad Judgement - Breaking the Law of Liberty

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James 2:1-13 A Case of Bad Judgement - Breaking the Law of Liberty

"Democracy is the worst possible form of government, except for all the rest" - Winston Churchill

Ditto our legal system - no doubt many problems, but who would want to be in the dock under a dictatorship?

We prize what we have, and are disgusted when police, lawyer or, even worse, a judge, turn out to be crooked!

Here James, God's messenger, shows us "a Case of Bad Judgement" - an ugly sight.

The Scene

James 1:22-25 (ESV) But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. [23] For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. [24] For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. [25] But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

God gives the best to believers in Jesus - forgiveness, along with joy, wisdom, happiness, blessedness, and every good gift. But James knows the danger of being just hearers of the good news, and not doers God's perfect law of liberty. He knows it is vital genuine faith grows real fruit in their lives, and our lives (for this is a word just as much to us, 2000 years later).

Explaining the Law

James says a lot about the law - 15 times in these verses he uses judge, law, court and related words.

What is law? Principle of action - 2 meanings - enforced "must", as law of gravity "if this rope breaks I must fall" - voluntary "ought to", as "I ought to stop for a rest"

"Ought I jump? - Too late! I must fall..."

...even if I am Superman!

Breaking the Law

V1 - don't show favouritism - the rule V2-4 the scene & the test - the star & the down-and-out. That's good - both are welcome

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