The Father of Lights
James 1:16-17
James is addressing his brothers in Christ.
Published June 1st, 2012
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James is addressing his brothers in Christ. To thinking that a good gift or a perfect gift is from any hand but God is to be deceived. James would warn his brothers to not be deceived. He is stating that deception is a place that we should not want to be. To avoid this deception we must recognize where the gift comes from and who the giver is. 1. The gift comes from God. But knowing that the gift comes from God is not enough. Many people of this time would have believed that their gifts come from God. See 1 Kings 20 in which the Syrians believed that since they were defeated in the mountains that the gods of the Israelites were only of the hills and not the valleys. They knew the gift of victory for the Israelites was from 'god' but they did not know which god. 2. James described God as the 'Father of Lights.' When any created being or element in this universe has ultimate light shown on it creates a shadow. With God being the actual source of light He has no shadow. So He is actual cause of all light or wisdom. 3. Also His nature is not subject to change. He is solid and trust worthy. How He acts in the past can be trusted to how He will act in the future. Finding ourselves in need should lead us to look to the One who never changes and look to how He has acted in the past to know how we can look to Him to act in the future.
10000000020169 20169 Notes 2009-12-29 14:34:44 2009-12-29 14:46:56 James is addressing his brothers in Christ. To thinking that a good gift or a perfect gift is from any hand but God is to be deceived. James would warn his brothers to not be deceived. He is stating that deception is a place that we should not want to be. To avoid this deception we must recognize where the gift comes from and who the giver is. 1. The gift comes from God. But knowing that the gift comes from God is not enough. Many people of this time would have believed that their gifts come from God. See 1 Kings 20 in which the Syrians believed that since they were defeated in the mountains that the gods of the Israelites were only of the hills and not the valleys. They knew the gift of victory for the Israelites was from 'god' but they did not know which god. 2. James described God as the 'Father of Lights.' When any created being or element in this universe has ultimate light shown on it creates a shadow. With God being the actual source of light He has no shadow. So He is actual cause of all light or wisdom. 3. Also His nature is not subject to change. He is solid and trust worthy. How He acts in the past can be trusted to how He will act in the future. Finding ourselves in need should lead us to look to the One who never changes and look to how He has acted in the past to know how we can look to Him to act in the future. notes
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James 1:16-17
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Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Every good gift
and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
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