Response to Wiley Greetings Wiley,
Thanks for writing. Not sure what the verse about giving strong drink to people ready to perish has to do with starving people, and giving poison to shut down organs. Besides, "strong drink" (like "wine") in the Bible is dual. That is, in some contexts it refers to alcohol; in others, it has to do with the most expensive, sweetest grape juice. "Strong" is opposite to "bitter" in some verses, and "strong drink" is for children (when referring to sweet grape juice). Therefore, kings should not spend their time in feasting and royal living; they should give such things to those who are cast down and discouraged ‚Ä¶ Regardless, the verse was not skipped to hide something. It was not mentioned because I do not believe it has anything to do with the subject other than the fact that we should make people who are suffering as comfortable as we can (not starve them, or dehydrate them, and cause them to try to squeeze a drop of water from a sponge, and call this "mercy." God forbid!
The Bible contains chiefly two things. Instructions for what to do and instructions for what not to do.
There is instruction to believe the gospel unto eternal salvation, this is milk. Once saved, there is a way to walk obediently in Christ. It is the later that was James focus in James 4:1 when he was writing to his brethren...
"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?"
Now, we can be critical of James and say, "Shush James, just preach the gospel". Or...we can realize that the Bible is instruction to God's people intended for sanctification and we ought to obey more than just the gospel.