July 12, 2020

How Wise Are You? (This test will tell you) James 3:13 Bible Podcast

How Wise Are You? (This test will tell you) James 3:13 Bible Podcast

What is wisdom? How you answer that question reveals the heart of your faith. Do you limit your focus to your life here and now? Or do you keep your focus on eternity?

In today's 2 minute episode, you'll get a sneak peek into the culture and context of James 3:13 when James challenges the wise man to show his wisdom.

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

We’ve been exploring the truth inside the book of James that faith is an action. At the time of James’ writing in the Greek culture, you’d find places where self-proclaimed wise men would debate. They believed wisdom was demonstrated by their ability to skillfully debate on various ideas for hours. And the goal was to out-debate their opponent.

So, keeping this in mind, James challenges his readers in C3 V13 by asking, “Who is wise and understanding among you?” 

 The word “Wise” in the Greek language means to make moral judgments about what God considers right and wrong.

“Understanding” means to have the intellectual knowledge of an expert. 

So, to paraphrase, James is asking, “Who here thinks they’re an expert in godliness and can skillfully speak or teach what God says is morally right and wrong?” Now, remember the culture here. I could imagine that there were probably people who thought, “Sure, James, I’m wise and understanding. Let me prove it to you through a debate.”  

And then, James throws them a curveball by saying, “let him show it by his good life,”

“Let him show it” means to physically demonstrate. In other words, you can SAY you have wisdom, but if the way you live your life doesn’t line up with God’s Word, then you’re only fooling yourself. In other words, you don’t just talk the talk but you walk the walk and it’s demonstrated with (quote) “humility that comes from wisdom.” 

In other words, you are to never be prideful, arrogant, rude, or critical when you serve God. You don’t need others to applaud your effort or accept your personal views. 

Now, doing things with humility was the polar opposite of what the people valued that day and age in Greek culture, and tomorrow we will explore that more.

But your simple truth today: 

A truly wise person demonstrates his faith by doing good works with a humble spirit before God and man. 

DO YOU EVER STRUGGLE WITH CREATING A DAILY BIBLE STUDY HABIT?

The Simple Truth is a quick 2 minute Bible study that can fit into any routine.

You can subscribe at
TheSimpleTruthPodcast.com right now and every weekday morning this Bible Study will be waiting for you in your inbox. It’s an incredible way to put God first each day and connect with Him in a deeper way. 

I’m Julie Carruth and I’ll see you again tomorrow.