James 5:11

James 5:11, “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”  Count them happy in Greek is makaruzo which means to pronounce blessed.  Endure in Greek is hupomeno which means to remain under, to sustain a load of miseries and adversities or toward a circumstance, to not flee.  James continues to address adversity and trials.  He says that if we continue to sustain the load of adversity, if we face our trials head on and do not run from them, we will see the blessing, we will be blessed.  Often times, we like to run from our trials.  Often times, when things get tough, we look for ways out.  We should look to God and let Him guide us and sustain us through these trials, because they are for our benefit, not God’s.  We will be blessed, if we let the trial take its full course and let it change us into God’s image.

      Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”  Weary in Greek is ekkakeo which means to be spiritless, wearied out or exhausted.  Due in Greek is idios which means one’s own, pertaining to one’s self or belonging to one’s self.  Season in Greek is karios which means due measure and a portion of time.  What Paul is saying is that we should not lose heart and get discouraged but keep doing good, because in the time God has appointed for us, we will see the fruit of our doing good.  This doing good in context is not just good deeds but it is Holy Spirit led and motivated deeds.

      Continuing on with James 5:11, James then uses Job as an example, to explain what he is talking about.  He starts  by stating the fact that they have heard of Job.  It is not a question, it is a statement of fact.  James is speaking to Jewish believers and all Jews, at this time, grew up being taught the scriptures and knew all about all the major people in scripture.  James again uses hupomone, this time to describe Job, because Job endured a tremendous trial and went through it to the end of it.  James also states as a fact that they have seen the Lord’s end.  End in Greek is telos which does not mean termination but does speak of a goal that is accomplished.  So James is saying that those who are suffering, those whom he is speaking to, do know what God has accomplished through Job’s trial.  Job learned a lot about God in the end.  Job was also given more than he had before the trial began.  He grew in character and even in humility.  James also states as a fact that in Job’s trial, God was pitiful and of tender mercy.  Pitiful in Greek is polusplagchnos which means compassionate or kind.  Of tender mercy in Greek is oiktirmon which means merciful or compassionate.  God was not cold and callous toward Job, in his trial.  He was compassionate.  So is God with us.  He understands that it is painful.  He understands that it is hard on us.  He does not desire harm for us.  He wants blessing for us.  James tries to compel us to endure by showing us, in scripture what God’s intentions are and what we can expect, if we endure trials.

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