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December 14 - Morning

"Be patient, then, brothers, until the
Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the
land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting
for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient
and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near....
The Judge is standing at the door!"

- James 5:7-9

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Be Patient and Strengthen Your Heart    

In the face of the oppression from non-believers mentioned in the previous verses (James 5:1-6), James says they are to “be patient” which is the Greek word makrothymesate that is used most often to refer to patience toward people, not situations (which is hupomone). The idea of patience here is to avoid seeking revenge or try to get your equal share here in time, but instead, to show
self-control concerning the temptation towards trying to balance the books with oppressive unbelievers.

The motivation for the ability to be “patient” is an expectant waiting on the Lord. The use of the
word “until” (hoes) gives the idea of enduring a period of time in order to accomplish the goal.
So, James is saying, “exercise patience as you wait for, and look for, the coming of the Lord
because he will balance the books with justice.” This patience is a life long trait of believers in
time who are waiting for something that will not come in this lifetime.

“Parousia” is “presence” or “coming” is a technical term in the Greek world for the visit of a king
or a dignitary to a city or province in his kingdom. It was used in the early church for the expected return of Jesus in glory at the end of history to judge, punish (Mat24:37 39; 2 Thes.2:8) and
reward, deliver (1 Cor.15:23; 1 Thes.2:19; 3:13; 4:15; 5:23)

The farmer planting seeds and waiting for harvest is the example that James uses. The farmer
serves as an illustration of the words “Stand firm” which are the NIV’s translation of sterixate tas kardias hymon which literally means “strengthen your hearts.” Sterixate is “you strengthen”
in the active imperative, so it is a command for you to do the work of strengthening or
“establishing” “your” (hymon) “heart” (kardias).

While we wait patiently for the Lord to return to deliver us we are told to strengthen and establish
our hearts so that we can endure faithfully for the harvest of our crop. The seeds are planted in
time just as the crops grow and develop during our time in history, but the harvest will never fully
be appreciated until the parousia. So, with this knowledge and this hope we establish our attitudes (“strengthen our hearts”), and we “stand firm.”
  Christian Quote from Church History
"If [following Jesus Christ] doesn't cost you anything, it's because you've bought into 'American Christianity.' "
- Paul Washer
Something to Ponder??
Polycarp (69-156 AD) had been trained by the Apostle John and then placed in a position of leadership in the church of Smyrna by the John. Polycarp may have been the "angel (or, 'messenger') of the church of Smyrna" referred to in Revelation 2:8-11. In 156 AD Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna, was arrested for being an "atheist" because he didn't participate in the pagan festivals and did not offer sacrifices to the pagan gods. Polycarp was taken into the arena in Smyrna to stand before an angry mob chanting, "Away with the atheists!" Here, as an 86 year old man, Polycarp was ordered to be burned alive by the proconsul there in the arena before the chanting crowd. ("The Martyrdom of Polycarp" here)
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Hagah (Hb) - Meditate (Eng) - hagah is the Hebrew word for "meditate." Hagah means
"to moan," to utter," to muse," "to plot," "to devise," and, even, "to speak."
Hagah refers to thinking or meditating on a subject or a situation, but this meditation also
includes the verbal utterances or sounds of this thought process. God tells Joshua to
hagah on the Book of the Law recorded by Moses:

"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate (hagah) on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."
- Joshua 1:8

And, David says that he would hagah at night and on God's mighty deeds:

"On my bed I remember you;
think (hagah) of you through the watches of the night." - Psalm 63:6

"I will consider all your works
meditate (hagah) on all your mighty deeds.” - Psalm 77:12


In First Kings 19:13-15 while Elijah is hiding at Mt. Sinai he is told by God:
"Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram."
The Assryia king, Shalmaneser III, records that he defeated Hazael and took many of his chariots and horses. Shalmaneser writes that he pursued Hazael "shutting him up in his royal city Damascus." (see details here and here.) Also, it is likely that Hazael was the one who placed the Tel Dan Stele in the courtyards of Dan's city gate.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I give up on God? Do I ever actually wait for God to resolve a situation?
Do I give God time and space to work things out?
I will be patient and while I am waiting on God I will strengthen my heart with his Truth and promises.
  "All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty." - Proverbs 14:23
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First Thessalonians 1 Hebrews 7 Acts 27
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Godly character
and words
Compassion for
the world
National Revival Uzbekistan - foreign missionaries have been expelled and foreign agencies shut down
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem


Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Cultic center at the gate leading into the upper city of the Canaanite city of Hazor. (click on image for larger size) An artists drawing of the Gihon Towers based on the latest archaeology research. (click on image for larger size)
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