James 1

Note: The epistle of James defies simple structural analysis, even though inversion of themes is evident across the epistle. A closer look at Ch 1  suggests perhaps that the parable of the sower (especially Luke 8) is in mind. The first type of sowing – by the way side – is not included because the epistle is written to exhort believers. The chapter begins with the need for patience in bringing forth fruit. This is a reference to Luke 8:15 “bring forth fruit with patience”). The chapter then moves to the second type of sowing with the rich man wilting under the sun. Are the riches the cause of being shallow rooted? Then there is a contrast with the one who endures. Next comes reference to the source of sin – lusts, and corresponds to the third type of sowing where “the lusts of other things” choke the word.  The chapter then reiterates that the seed is the word of God sown by Him and received by those who are quick to hear. The resulting  fruit – “doers of the word and not hearers only.”

James 1

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