Do any of you remember the old monster movies? You know the ones that begin by showing the front of an old nostalgic movie theater, and all of the sudden crowds of people come rushing out onto the streets screaming for their lives. Soon after this scene we usually see the monster come bursting out through the front of the movie theater, usually tearing down the “now showing” sign (which ironically bears the monsters own name). Do you remember these images? I do, and I always like what happened next. The movie pauses with the monster front and center while large diagonal letters come across the screen saying, “It came from within!” This imagery of a monster coming forth devouring all in its path is quite descriptive of what is happening in our text today.
In this passage, James describes the anatomy of temptation, and contrary to popular opinion, James says the origin of temptation comes from within.