Enough Substance

On a previous post, I talked about the real equality promoted by the Jubliee laws in the Old Covenant, which actually goes against a lot of socialist nonsense that these laws usually get hauled out to defend.

The true meaning is that both the rich and poor in Israel depended on God totally for anything they had. It was a mercy that the poor had little, and it was a mercy that the rich had abundance. Niether deserved anything.

The summation from the previous article:

The real message is that, for goods to be distributed more fairly, everything would go back to God, and our hands would be empty. That is real fairness. That is our real equality. Anything more than destitution is a mercy.

Throughout the Bible, we actually see no evidence that Israel ever observed the Jubilee laws, another mark in the disobedience column. But, not surprisingly, we have David summing up the point that Israel was to learn.

Psalm 62:9:

Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. (ESV)

Once again, we see what equality actually means. Niether has enough substance to even move the scales, regardless of the pretensions.

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