“Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.”
King James Version (KJV)
JIm's comment on 2015-02-07 10:17:56:
In the last days gold and silver will be absolutely worthless as the mark of the beast totally controls all financial assets. These things that have always had a price in the past will be nothing but a burden under Antichrist for everyone living on this earth...they will be able to sit on it while they starve to death.
Shibu Tabor's comment on 2014-10-27 22:47:16:
Kindly give me an accurate note on the word "rust "contextually to the text James 5 3.thankfully.....
Susan Dalton's comment on 2012-03-04 14:05:53:
"...and the rust of them shall be a witness against you..." (James 5:3)
Hot short iron has sulfur in it. "The degree of hot shortness is in direct proportion to the amount of sulfur present." (Wikipedia - Iron Ore)
Sulfur is a contaminant in coal. "The effects of even small quanities of sulfur are immediate and serious."
"A piece of hot short iron will crack if worked with a hammer. When a piece of hot iron or steel cracks the exposed surface immediately oxidizes. This layer of oxide prevents the mending of the crack by welding. Large cracks cause the iron or steel to break up. Smaller cracks can cause the object to fail during use." (Wikipedia - Iron Ore)
Sin is a contaminant in our lives. Even a small amount can create a crack (breach) in our spirit and lives. This crack (breach) oxidizes (becomes rust). Satan seeks to get the advantage here. Sin has become a breach - a crack - rust immediately is present and there is a crack that cannot be mended by welding. A Christian can "crack under pressure." This shows a presence of sulfur in their lives. A crack develops; rust is seen. This can cause the vessel to crack further. It can cause the vessel to fail during use.
Any vessel can become a rusty vessel. The rust becoming a witness against them. Satan desires for us to become rusty vessels. He desires for sulfur to remain present in us so that under pressure we fail, cracks develop, rust is seen, breaches remain, and a weaker vessel is present.
Jesus desires for us to be a perfect vessel. He works to remove all sulfur (sin) in our lives so we become a perfected vessel. Obedience to the word of God and the Spirit of God makes us a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
Rust will develop if we allow sulfur to remain.