Leviticus 25 part 1: God’s Economy

Anyone been watching the news lately?

Apparently there is a lot of hubbub about the economy. Some people are even protesting stuff. I’m not going to officially take a side here as I know I have readers on both ends of the spectrum. And the point of my blog is not to address whatever current event is sucking the attention of the 24-hour news cycle.

But I can’t help wondering how unbelievably crazy night-and-day different this whole situation would be if we lived in the economy God sets up for his people in Leviticus 25.

Jubilee

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No, not the character from the X-Men.

The year of Jubilee. Every fifty years (once a generation), the Israelites leveled the playing field. Everyone’s ancestral property was returned to them, and they to the property. All debts were cancelled.

Everything started over.

Every fifty years.

An End to Generational Poverty

If the Israelites follow these instructions from God, they will never have to deal with a problem that billions of people in the world today face: Cycles of generational poverty.

Their debt will eventually stop, even if they can’t pay it. They may have had to mortgage some property, but their children will get it back.

They will never have to worry if their children will have a place to live or work or have a family. They will never have to worry if tomorrow will be economically worse for them than today.

Think about that. What does that do to someone? To a people?

What are the Israelites able to focus on knowing that poverty is required by law to be a temporary thing?

An End to Generational Wealth

There is another side to this coin.

If the Israelites follow these instructions from God, they will never be able to achieve what a considerably small number of people in the world have been able to achieve: Old Money.

They will have to cancel the debts that are owed to them. They will have to return all the land they bought.

They will never be able to stand on the shoulders of the successful people who came before them. Any wealth they make will be entirely on their own merit, and they will eventually have to give it back.

Think about that. What does that do to someone? To a people?

What are the Israelites able to focus on knowing that affluence is required by law to be a temporary thing?

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2 responses

  1. Generational poverty and generational wealth! I love that you tackled this from both ends. Affluence is a temporary thing, not the goal of our whole lives. That totally changes our mentality on what we are living for. Do you have any idea how many times Jubilee was actually practiced? And what happens as families grow? Generations down the line, there are probably going to be a lot more relatives living on the same plot of land.

    • I think that the Jubilee was practiced exactly zero times. Which sucks.

      I was thinking about population increases as well. Not sure how that works or what the implications are.

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