The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will bring their plans to nothing; they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead, the mediums and the spiritists.
I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master and a fierce king will rule over them,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.
The Egyptians, in this verse, are standing in for the world systems that oppress God's people and they, having undertaken to place God's people into bondage, will be undermined by the Lord and all their plans will be brought to nothing.
When the tide turns against them, they will lose heart and they will try make sense of what is happening to them by consulting mediums and spiritists in order to get supernatural explanations and strategies to overcome what is befalling them
While in this state of despondence, a fierce and cruel leader will be installed as king over the Egyptians to bring order and momentum to their evil plans but it will not work.
The Egyptians, however, will get a taste of the cruel treatment they meted out to Lord's people when they are ill-treated by their own evil ruler.
This will be part of the dissolution of the power that Egypt will have over God's people and in the end, Egypt will brought down and many will turn to the Lord.
But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
In this verse, the Apostle James, adjures the reader with a warning about showing favoritism.
James emphasises that believers who give special treatment and favour to the rich while demeaning the poor by, for example, instructing them to sit on the floor, are judging others with evil thoughts and would be numbered among the lawbreakers.
The poor, James reminds us, have been chosen by God to be rich in faith and are entrusted with spiritual riches that abound to those who move strongly in faith and will inherit the promised Kingdom.
To dishonor the poor is to wrongly invert the order that the Lord has ordained for the church which, as the body of Christ, should be guided by spiritual realities and not by what is seen in the flesh. Such conduct will invite judgement.
Bless the Lord whose manifold wisdom justly governs the affairs of His Kingdom.
Daniel the prophet wrote of a vision that highlighted an enigmatic figure called "the man clothed in linen".
In the book of Daniel chapter 10 verses 5 - 6, this man is described as follows;
I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.
Later, Daniel chapter (14 x ) 12 verse 7, says this about Him;
The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”
In this passage, the man was suspended above the waters of the great river Tigris and angelic figures who looked like men appeared on either side of the river. One of these figures asked the man in linen when the astonishing events in the vision would occur.
The sworn response was that they would occur for a period of a time, times and half a time which is interpreted as three and a half years.
The man in linen then said, "When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”
This sombre statement suggests that the kingdom of darkness will unrelentingly press against God's holy people until a point is reached where their power will break and they will be brought down but when this happens, God's plan will be completed.
The period called "the end of the days" will have arrived as well as the time when God's people will be allotted their inheritance. This is detailed in words spoken to Daniel as recorded in Daniel chapter 13 verse 13;
“As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”