We should always be reminded that salvation is open to everyone, Yes, even Satan's own "children of disobedience" are welcome into the fold.
James, the brother of Jesus Christ, has specifically addressed his wonderful letter to those of us in this final generation who are of the dispersed tribes of Israel.
However, in doing so he has neither left out nor forgotten the "neighbor", those who are grafted into the tribes through the adoption by our Lord, nor the "filthy" rich, even those whose wealth has come through fraudulent and corrupt means.
We should always be reminded that salvation is open to everyone, which is anyone who will forsake self and repent and turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins and accept Him as Lord and Savior.
Yes, even Satan's own "children of disobedience" are welcome into the fold.
How rewarding it is to be the instrument in His hand used to bring one of those lost souls to Him.
"Come on", rich men, "hear with understanding the Word of God".
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
Of course it is pretty unlikely that unless they repent they will even read much less study this Book of James.
Nevertheless these words are written here even for the kenite should he decide to turn from his evil ways and accept Jesus Christ as his savior.
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Mr. Rich Man, your ill-gotten riches are going to be destroyed and you along with them if you don't change your ways.
That's right, all your wealth is going to perish and your moth-eaten "garments" are going to leave your wretched soul standing spiritually naked before the Judge.
Garments, i.e. raiment, are symbolic of righteous acts (see Rev. 16:15, Rev. 19:8).
Remember what we learned in our previous studies?
One cannot be "obsessed" with earthly riches and serve God too, whether you are a kenite or not.
It is written, "You cannot serve God and mammon (Luke 16:13)".
Unfortunately, it seems there must be tragedy and hardship among God's children before they turn to Him.
Then their prayers are, "Oh God, help me now!"
But as the Song of Moses in Deut. 32 says when "Jeshurun waxes fat", i.e. when we are amidst good times and "comfy comfy" in a robust economy, then we forget God in our plans.
You know the saying, "It's the economy, stupid!"
How fitting Christ's comments are to the last church among the seven churches He addresses in Revelation, "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:" (Rev. 3:17).
Now back to the "filthy rich", not those who are wealthy through the blessings of God, but those whose wealth has been obtained by fraudulent and corrupt means.
Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
You have heaped up piles of material wealth instead of laying up spiritual treasures in heaven.
Don't you know that our Father is not a respecter of persons and your judgment, just like everyone else's, shall be according to your deeds?
Of course there is forgiveness and grace, when there is repentance, which is a deed indeed.
So the choice is yours!
Lay up treasure on earth and accumulate material wealth for your retirement or lay up for yourself spiritual treasures in that eternal annuity which shall reward you forever.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Their works expose them!
Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
The Lord of saboath, the Lord of hosts, i.e. the Lord who shall return with the armies of heaven to execute vengeance upon the wicked, hears the cries of His people!
Yes, He is coming at the 7th Trump and the "filthy" rich with calloused hearts who have foolishly heaped themselves coffers full of His wrath, will finally find out what it is like to get paid fairly for the work you do!
But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
It will be by their choice!
Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
The word translated "killed" is the Greek word "phoneuo" which means "premeditated murder".
Who was it who killed the just One, and who was it that shed the blood of the holy prophets "from Abel unto the blood of Zacharias"?
(Luke 11:50-51) It was the kenites, not our brother Judah from among the twelve tribes.
The cry of those saints victimized by the murderous wicked who "cast their evil devices" certainly does enter into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth (vs. 4), the Lord of hosts!
Here it is recorded for us by the apostle John:
And they [martyrs] cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Remember, there are more trials and tribulations coming and it could be easy at times for some to look with envy upon those who seem to be blessed with great wealth while we perhaps struggle.
James says it best as he now speaks to the brethren, even to the wise among them.
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
Rev. 14:15 "And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe."
Be patient therefore, brethren, and holdfast with the understanding that the "rains" (see Deut. 32:2) must fall in their due seasons, the early rain to sprout the seeds and latter rain to ripen the grain for the great harvest.
Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Again, be patient and strengthen your hearts in knowing that the Lord is returning soon to execute judgment upon the earth.
Do not be envious nor "fret yourself" over the wicked or their temporary earthly riches.
If you are you are a deeper student of God's Word you may realize by now that James has just given us an expanded version of the acrostic contained in the 37th Psalm concerning our patience and understanding of the ultimate fate of the wicked whose gods are gold and silver.
Note: The 37th Psalm contains four lines (a quatrain) assigned to each successive letter of the alphabet, except the 4th (vs. 7), the 11th (vs. 20), and the 19th (vs. 34), which each have only three lines (a triplet) assigned to them. These three triplet verses occur in perfect order. The seventh verse is the seventh letter from the beginning; the 34th verse in the 7th letter from the end; while the middle verse (20) marks the end of the first half with the first of the two middle letters. (Companion Bible, pg. 753.)
When taken together these three verses forming the acrostic graphically explain what happens to the incorrigibly wicked.
They shall perish like the fat dripping from a lamb on a spit onto the hot coals below.
Poof, they are vaporized, gone forever, just like those consumed in the lake of fire!
Here is that beautiful acrostic giving a second witness and an amen (meaning that is that) to words of James:
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
Then, as if to solidify the overall theme of his book, James will give us a wonderful parting gift of comfort in the last verse by showing us a special reward that comes from being a "doer".
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