So Small a Member

James 3:1-5

“​1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. 4 Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.”  NRSV

Here, James sets us up for what is to come. He reminds us that the human tongue, like the bit in a horse’s mouth or a rudder on a ship, has far greater power over human consequence than its size would suggest. “It boasts of great exploits” he states “Great” can mean wonderful or disastrous. James will give us his interpretation in tomorrow’s reading.

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