James saves some of his strongest words and harshest rebukes for the rich who oppress the poor. As James addresses wealthy, non-Christian landowners who exploit others so that they can live lavish lifestyles, believers get a front row seat to the dangers of wealth. We learn that riches are a poor functional savior. In fact, wrongly acquired and sinfully managed riches will serve as evidence against those who worship wealth instead of Jesus on the day of judgment. James reminds us that the wicked will not evade the justice of King Jesus. He hears the cries of the oppressed! This should inform the way we live our lives and steward our finances. For those who are being oppressed, this passage should serve as an encouragement that God has not forgotten you. He is the Lord of Hosts (Master of Armies) and King Jesus is coming back to rescue His people, right all wrongs, and make all things new!