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1 My [mou] brethren [adelphos], be [ginomai] not [me] many [polus] masters [didaskalos], knowing [eido] that [hoti] we shall receive [lambano]
the greater [meizon] condemnation [krima].KJV-Interlinear
1 Let not many of you become
teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.
The word for 'masters' is a reference to anyone who
might fulfill the role of instructor or teacher.This is not limited to priests or rabbi's, or
anyone who might be considered an instructor of theology.This also includes anyone who has a tongue.
And that includes you, and just about everyone on the
In this chapter, James gives us a lesson regarding the
tongue.It is a little component in the
human anatomy, but it can pack a huge wallop in society.
Anyone who can speak, has the potential of being an
instructor.Anyone who can listen, has
the potential of being a student.So
your words when spoken, or written for that matter, fly out of your mouth or
mind, and into the general population.
Your hearers, are other people.Whether family, fellow workers, or strangers,
makes no difference.Your words have the
potential of being believed by others and as such, you can potentially
mis-direct others in their life.
God has a message for you.If you are going to speak your mind, then you
had better be speaking the truth, and with wisdom, otherwise your evaluation,
when you stand before the Lord, will go a bit harder for you.Christ will pour over your record and make
your evaluation tougher.
As for religious leaders, political leaders, social
leaders, parents, or people in general, there will be a special intensified
evaluation of them because of the looseness of their tongues, and the vastness
of their attitude.
Preachers or religious instructors especially, will
receive the severest of reviews.They
have the potential of turning people away from their correct spiritual
path.And as such, these instructors can
potentially be destroying an eternity of blessing for others.
The worst possible outcome is to turn people away from
Christ, and thus lose their salvation.
Now, note that everyone is accountable for his or her
own decisions.No one has any excuse
even if they have been misled by faulty instruction.God provides plenty of alternative sources of
truth, to counter the bad sources.
But this verse is dealing with the tongue and those
who use it.
Tyrant leaders, unqualified leader want-to-be's, those
who are impressed by their own opinion, radicals and such, are good candidates
for Gods special review.The whole point
here is, think before you speak.And if
you have nothing good to say, then remain quiet.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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