Ya’akov (James) 1:27 (Amplified and Expounded)
27 The worship and reverence of God – the religious observance that God the Father considers genuine, clean, pure AND uncontaminated, unsoiled, and faultless is this:
- to visit, care for, and look after the fatherless, the bereaved, the desolate – orphans and the deprived – the widows in their affliction, oppression, tribulation pressure and distress
- and to keep oneself unblemished, without defect, blameless, and pure – to keep oneself from being contaminated and polluted by the fallen world which is a total world system, its adornment and its values.
I have expounded and amplified this verse using only the biblical meanings of the words so that you could see something that is often glossed over or misunderstood:
The genuine, pure and uncontaminated worship and reverence of God that GOD himself considers true religious observance results in mercy and justice towards and for the widow and orphan
a person that keeps him or herself from being polluted and contaminated by the fallen world and its value system – a world that has a value system in opposition to God –
a world that is NOT pure
a world that is NOT blameless
a world that IS defective.
To love this world – its value system – its allures – is hating God! It is making God your enemy!
Notice what Ya’akov says:
Ya’akov (James) 4:4 (CJB)
4 You unfaithful wives!
Don’t you know that loving the world is hating God?
Whoever chooses to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy!
You can NOT love God and the world – Ya’akov calls that being double-minded (wavering -unstable) – a divided heart. A divided heart doubts and as we learn in the text, doubters come under condemnation because
doubt is the opposite of trust!
Eve doubted God in the garden (don’t touch or eat or you will die)
and chose the serpent’s lie (you will NOT die)
over God’s truth . . .
How can we trust God’s word when we doubt – when our heart is divided?
Won’t we rationalize the parts we don’t like away?
More importantly, can you love God with all of your heart as the command in the Sh’ma states if that heart is divided?
Deuteronomy 6:5 (CJB)
5 and you are to love Adonai your God
with all your heart,
all your being
and all your resources.
Can you love God with all your heart if part of your heart loves the world?
God wants your ALL because he will not play second fiddle to anyone or anything:
Exodus 34:14 (CJB)
14 because you are not to bow down to any other god;
since Adonai —
whose very name is Jealous —
is a jealous God.
Don’t fool yourself by rationalizing that loving the world is not the same as bowing down to other gods . . .
Luke 12:34 (CJB)
34 For where your wealth is, there your heart will be also.
The word wealth θησαυρός thēsauros means more than just money . . . it means storehouse – it means treasury – where you store the things that you consider valuable are.
What are those “things” that you consider valuable? It is important to know because the things you consider valuable are where your heart is . . .
What you think is important is irrelevant.
What you “DO” is important because your own actions bear this out . . .
This is why Ya’akov asks, “akroatai or poiētai?” Are you a merely a “hearer” of God’s word or a “Doer?”
- Genuine worship and reverence of God takes care of widows and orphans
- Genuine worship and reverence of God avoids being polluted and contaminated by the world
- Loving the world is being unfaithful to God
- Loving the world is hating God
- Loving the world makes us God’s enemy
- Loving the world makes us double-minded – unstable – doubt
- Doubt is the opposite of trust
- How can we follow a word we doubt without rationalizing?
- Can we love God with our WHOLE heart if our heart love the world too?
- God is a jealous God and will not share you with other __________!
- The things you consider important is where you heart is – – – Is this God or “something else?”
- Our actions show where our heart REALLY is . . .
James 4:17 (CJB)
17 So then, anyone who knows the right thing to do
and fails to do it
is committing a sin.
These are the Greek words used to expound and amplify Ya’akov 1:27:
pure: (clean – unsoiled, no impurities – genuine): καθαρός katharos
Phonetic Pronunciation: kath-are-os’
Religion: (worship – religious observance -reverence of God) θρησκεία thrēskeia Phonetic Pronunciation: thrace-kay-ah
undefiled: (unsullied – not stained, not contaminated – pure) ἀμίαντος amiantos Phonetic Pronunciation: ah -mee’-an-tos
to visit: (look after, visit, have regard for) ἐπισκέπτομαι episkeptomai
Phonetic Pronunciation: ep-ee-skep’-toe-my
orphans: (Fatherless, orphaned, bereaved, desolate) ὀρφανός orphanos
Phonetic Pronunciation: oar-fan-os’
widow: (widow – deprived) χήρα chēra
Phonetic Pronunciation: khay’-rah
tribulation: (Oppression, affliction, tribulation, pressure, distress – difficulties (crushed – squeezed)) θλῖψις thlipsis
Phonetic Pronunciation: thlip’-sis
unspotted: (pure- blameless – Without spot, unblemished – – – like in a sacrificial lamb – without defect – not contaminated – polluted) ἄσπιλος aspilos
Phonetic Pronunciation: as’-pee-los
world: (the total world system and its values – the fallen world – humanity as a whole – presence of order – arrangement – organization – Adornment, universe) κόσμος kosmos
Phonetic Pronunciation: kos’-mos