James 5:4-6

James 5:4-6

KJV 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

WEB 4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you have kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of those who reaped have entered into the ears of the Lord of Armies[1]. 5 You have lived delicately on the earth, and taken your pleasure. You have nourished your hearts as in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned, you have murdered the righteous one. He doesn’t resist you.

These are my thoughts, please share yours.

4 This verse is talking of how they work their fields but don’t bring people to the gospel, they neglect God’s work even though they are doing theirs, they maybe mistreating those in the church who are in need of work by making them their laborers and over working them.

5 Luxury is often a big idol in the Christian life, we cant serve luxury and God, we follow one more then the other and often times God gets put second.

6 This verse is addressing the killing of Jesus.
This seems to be talking about the already rich who do not pay the workers, or reapers, of the field by using fraud to keep the money, or whatever payment is due. Verse 6 says it is these rich who put Jesus to death. This means the "rich" James is referring to are the religious leaders who demanded the execution of Jesus by crucifixion. "Nourished your hearts" sticks out to me as they feed their feelings with man's praise.
Applying it to today, it is illustrating how the religious leaders and other rich associates who rob the workers of the church through deceit to maintain their cushy lifestyle while killing the message of the sacrifice of Jesus and redemption through the Blood.
We drive people away from God when we take a position of making public pious sounding proclamations - and at the same time, our actions bring shame on God.

How can we claim to love God when we actively extort and steal from those who work for us? And that means paying our bills is important..