Mark Twain, the irreverent American humorist, once remarked: “ It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand.”

A journey through the New Testament letter of James reveals how clear and uncomplicated the Scriptures can be. James talks like an Old Testament prophet – and like Jesus Himself.  He is clear, blunt, and to the point.  Jesus, for example, used word-pictures called parables.  He used examples we can understand:

  • A farmer planting seed
  • A woman baking bread
  • A traveler mugged by robbers
  • Two men who went to church to pray
  • A shepherd whose sheep wandered off
  • A son who ran away from home

Throughout his epistle, James also uses clear words, simple pictures:

  • A wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind
  • A wild flower, withered and scorched by the heat
  • The stars above us – the heavenly lights
  • A man looking into a mirror
  • A rich man in fancy clothes
  • A poor man in shabby clothes
  • A bit in the mouth of a horse
  • A rudder on the sail of a ship
  • A spark setting a forest on fire
  • Animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea
  • The human tongue
  • Fresh water and salt water
  • A fig tree and a grapevine
  • A man planning a business trip
  • Morning fog
  • Workmen mowing the fields
  • Autumn and spring rains

Whether people believe God’s word or deny it, they can’t say that they don’t understand it.  On the journey toward home, God has given us a clear word!