Re:Verse passage – James 2:1-13 (day seven)
“Did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?” vs 5
What must it have been like for James growing up in the same house as Jesus? Did James hear the phrase “Be more like your Brother!” too often? Did James have to listen to the story of the miracle virgin birth at every birthday? Was it jealousy or resentment? Or was Jesus hiding his identity from His brother? Something was off, because John 7:5 states “For not even His brothers were believing in Him.”
He may not have believed in the moment, but James was watching, listening, and internalizing everything Jesus did his whole life. James’ Epistle is full of quotes and teachings from Jesus. This passage of scripture in particular is a reference to the Sermon on the Mount “Blessed are the poor…” But who did James give credit for the quote? God. James was watching!