highlighted verses:James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord
Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
Note: James was not writing to the Jews as we know them today, not
the little country currently living in the middle east which is made up
of a few members of the tribe of Judah (those few who returned with Ezra
in the 5th century BC) but mostly of kenites. If
he meant his letter for them he could have hand carried it across town
when he wrote it in 45 AD; after all he wrote it from Jerusalem! No,
he was writing to the 12 tribes of Israelites who had been scattered abroad
in 721 BC by the Assyrians (see 2 Kings 18:9-13) not to be confused with
the Babylonian captivity which took place when King Nebbuchadnezze,r 140
years later, carried away those Israelites (mostly Judahiats and Benjaminiats)
that remained in Judea. Only a remnant of Judahiats were left for Nebuchadnezzer
to take to Babylon. (see 2 Kings 19:4) Yes, the same 12 tribes of Israelites
who settled in the near east and throughout Europe and later America, i.e.
Jesus' lost sheep who recognized his voice and became the Christian nations
of the world!
James, a servant
of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered
Isn't it fascinating that the
name "James" is the same as "Jacob" in Hebrew?
Jacob, whose name means "supplanter"
and whose name was changed to Israel, was of course the patriarch of the
12 tribes, the father of his twelve sons.
That should help put the context
of this letter in a proper loving perspective, a father to his sons.
Here's the Strong's definition of
James = Iakobos, ee-ak'-o-bos,
Greek 2385; the same as Greek 2384 (Iakob) Gr'cized; Jacobus, the name
of three Israelites :- James.
So, in order then to understand
this letter it is imperative that one knows to whom it was written, which
we just read.
And since we all ready noted that
the timeframe for the instructions of this book is the last days just before
the return of Christ, to those waiting patiently on the Lord's return,
it follows that you must know where the scattered tribes are today, particularly
the so-called 10 Lost Tribes!
If you are new to studying God's
Word in depth and do not know where they are and who the peoples of Great
Britain, the US, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Holland, etc.,
etc, i.e. basically the Christian nations of the world, log untoPamphlet
#1064 or Pamphlet
#1020 under Table of Contents "Wisdom" on the this American Wisdom
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