“... [James] alone was permitted to enter into the holy place; for he wore not woolen but linen garments. And he was in the habit of entering alone into the temple, and was frequently found upon his knees begging forgiveness for the people, so that his knees became hard like those of a camel, in consequence of his constantly bending them in his worship of God, and asking forgiveness for the people.”
James, the earthly brother of Yeshua, developed camel knees from lengthy kneeling prayers. This is the report of Hegesippus, a second century Christian writer. James had knees like a camel’s.
Camel knees is more than a nickname. The word camel comes from the Hebrew letter Gimel. The letter Gimel has a unique meaning which may tell us more about James. This letter resembles a running man leaning forward with his legs behind him.
For this reason, the letter Gimel expresses the idea of hurrying to bestow good upon the needy. If we have something to give, this letter suggests that we should run quickly to give it, and to assist those who are in need.
An hour of intercessory prayer is like the letter Gimel. It is a picture of us running to the aid of others. In intercessory prayer, we earn our own camel knees.
Published February 14, 2017