James has been addressing wealthy people who are hoarding money in these Last Days, and not paying proper wages to their workers. He has one more matter to address with them in this section…
You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. (James 5:6)
We don’t know for sure to what this verse is referring. However, it looks like the wealthy always seemed to get their way. The courts in James’ day were easy to control if you had enough money. The word “murdered” may be figurative, or they may have oppressed the poor so much that they died. Even in our world today, rich people often “get away with murder.”
Notice that the righteous person did not resist the wealthy people who oppressed Him. Perhaps that’s because the righteous person was meek and gentle; perhaps it’s because he was powerless to resist.
Wealth brings power and influence in our world, and God’s people are often oppressed by those who hold the power. However, look at what Jesus said in the Beatitudes:
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
Today’s Good News is that we don’t need to be wealthy and powerful, because our Heavenly Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). He shares with us all the riches of His Kingdom, and someday we will reign with Christ. He will lift up His followers who are facing persecution, for His People will inherit the earth.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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