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11 Doth [meti] a fountain [pege] send forth [bruo] at [ek] the same [autos] place [ope] sweet [glukus] water and [kai] bitter [pikros]?
12 Can [me][dunamai] the fig tree [suke], my [mou] brethren [adelphos], bear [poieo] olive berries [elaia]?
either [e] a vine [ampelos], figs [sukon]? so [houto] can no [oudeis] fountain [pege] both yield [poieo] salt [halukos] water [hudor] and [kai] fresh [glukus].KJV-Interlinear
11 Does a fountain send out from
the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce
olives, or a vine produce figs? Neither can salt water produce fresh.NASB
In the natural and normal course of things, you will
not find absurdities in nature, as you find them in mankind.
James gives us just a couple of examples.
The springs of water that come out of the ground,
provide the same type of water from the same hole.Springs do not pour out one type of water and
then another type and then back to the first. Nor do two types come out in a
What do fig trees produce?Figs.What do olive trees produce?Olives.What do grape vines
Have you ever seen a grape vine produce anything
And this all points to Gods design in creation, for
certain things to function in a certain way, and it all comes together
perfectly, naturally and normally.
But then, man comes along and functions abnormally.Man takes creation and tries to modify it, to
improve on it, to redefine it.And what
happens?Things get all messed up.
James warned us that we should not even try to become
instructors, leaders, teachers, people of influence, because that position
comes with a huge responsibility.People
who try to weld their influence on others, in whatever way, risk increased
discipline and evaluation tests from Christ, when they stand before His
God designed the tongue for the dissemination of
truth, not as a tool for promoting ones evil agenda.And all verbal expressions which do not line
up with truth, are in effect, evil.
God designed the perfect tool for communication, and
man has taken that tool and used it for ego approbations, ruthless tyrannies,
malicious prejudices and gossip, for self-advancement at the expense of others,
for deception and propaganda, for fraud, for all manner of lies and wickedness.
That which is impossible in nature, should also be
viewed as absurd in human behavior.But
then, how many will nod their head in agreement, but go right back to their
same former behaviors?
How many live their life in fellowship (very few), and
how many live their life under the influence of the sin nature (most everyone)?And you, do you follow Gods design or the
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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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