Friday, February 28, 2003
Edifier du Jour-Leviticus 25:23-27(NASB)
23: 'The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me. 24: 'Thus for every piece of your property, you are to provide for the redemption of the land. 25: 'If a fellow countryman of yours becomes so poor he has to sell part of his property, then his nearest kinsman is to come and buy back what his relative has sold. 26: 'Or in case a man has no kinsman, but so recovers his means as to find sufficient for its redemption, 27: then he shall calculate the years since its sale and refund the balance to the man to whom he sold it, and so return to his property. 28: 'But if he has not found sufficient means to get it back for himself, then what he has sold shall remain in the hands of its purchaser until the year of jubilee; but at the jubilee it shall revert, that he may return to his property.I'm still trying to figure out how and whether the jubilee concept can be applied to modern economics, but the key point is that we're not permanent residences here, we're all aliens (and the priests are men in black) with our citizenship with God. As we look at geopolitics, we should remember that we're God's first and our nation's a distant second; not that I'm in a dis-the-US mood, but that the US is good only as much as it draws close to God. The closest thing I can relate to the jubilee is the underlying concept of avoiding a landless underclass in Israel. The nearest equivalent to the physical capital of land in this country is education; getting everyone a good education so that they have intellectual capital to get a good job can help avoid a permanent underclass in this country. That's not to say that we're not going to have poor people, but we need a way for people to advance out of poverty.
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