June 16, 2020

Hey, You've Got Spinach In Your Teeth! | JAMES 1:22-24

Hey, You've Got Spinach In Your Teeth! | JAMES 1:22-24

Have you ever been talking with someone and they had a piece of food stuck in your teeth? It's like you want to tell them, but you don't want to embarrass them. Right?

Now, let's reverse that situation. Have you ever looked into the mirror and noticed spinach in your own teeth, but didn't do anything about it? Well, today James is going to be using that same analogy when it comes to our Bible Study habits. 

James 1:22-24 paints an interesting word picture of how many of us study God’s Word. I hate to admit it, but I’ve been this person many times. 

Today, we look at the history of mirrors, our body posture when we look into it, and other crazy facts from this verse. 
 
 In under 2 minutes, you will learn:

  • How the word “listen” in the Greek language deepens our understanding of this verse
  • How the placement of the mirror at the time of this writing helps you picture what James is teaching
  • How to know if you’re this person James is talking about 

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Transcript

JULIE:

Hey There. Welcome to the Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. We have been exploring James’ letter telling us to consider trials joyfully because God uses trials to mature us spiritually. And when we are in these trials, God commands us to ask Him for wisdom and the ultimate source of wisdom is God’s Word.  

We’re exploring that idea further in today’s verse from James 1:22-24 (NIV) which says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”

When James tells us to not merely listen to the Word, the word “listen” in the Greek language means passively hearing. It gives the idea of someone who listens to the Word and walks away unchanged forgetting everything he heard. 

James says to DO what the Word says. And if we keep this in context, then this is saying do what God says to do in the midst of a trial. 

Now, I love the picture that James gives us here by using a mirror to demonstrate his point. Mirrors in that day rested horizontally on tables. When you wanted to see your reflection, you had to bend over and look down into the mirror. The verb here indicates that you quickly glance down and you see something that needs to change, maybe you’ve got food stuck in your teeth, but do absolutely nothing about it. 

 So, where do you fall in this picture that James gives us today? Are you the person who investigates God’s Word and make changes in your life OR are you the person who sees the spinach in his teeth and decides to do absolutely nothing? Think about that! Now that’s The Simple Truth.  

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