In this week’s episode, we are looking at James 1:19-27. When looking for key words, that is the time to ask as many questions as you can. We’re going to look at several questions about the text, and you’ll see that it reveals a lot of great information. The difference between good and great Bible study lies in the questions you ask. I’ve said it several times, and now I am showing how that works.
Here are the questions I cover:
- Why is “anger” mentioned in 1:19? The main thrust of this section seems to be the contrast between two thoughts. There are actually a LOT of contrasts happening in this passage, but the largest contrast seems to be between meekness and rejection of truth. In 1:19 he urged them to be quick to hear but slow to speak and slow to wrath. “Speech” fits as a contrast with hearing, but what about “anger”? [This actually turned out to be the question that opened up the most information from the text because it led to several other questions.]
- How do “filthiness” and “wickedness” relate to “anger” in James 1:21? These are unexpected words in the context, and because of that I wanted to take a special notice of them.
- In 1:22, is “but” a strong contrast or just a way to continue the thought of the passage? If a contrast, what exactly is being contrasted?
- What does “perseveres” mean in this specific context (1:25)?
- 1:26– Why shift from hearing and doing to the tongue? Does it tie to some previous use of the tongue in some way? (Possibly the expression of anger in 1:21? Relate to 1:19?
- Why mention widows and orphans in 1:27? How do they relate to what’s being taught in this section?
By answering these questions, the passage begins to unlock and the main ideas begin to show themselves. We’re building toward an outline and CPT. It’s easy to see that this lesson is going to be a powerful one.