If Israel pleased the Lord, she would lend and not borrow

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.11.2016 Old Testament: Deu 15.3–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 14–16 on March 11, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord revealed many ways in which He would bless Israel for remaining faithful to Him, such as the release of debts. After seven years, the creditor had to release the debt and not require it of his neighbor or of his brother,

“Of a foreigner you may require it; but you shall give up your claim to what is owed by your brother, except when there may be no poor among you; for the LORD will greatly bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance—only if you carefully obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe with care all these commandments which I command you today. For the LORD your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you” (Deuteronomy 15.3–6).

There would be lending and borrowing within Israel, but as a faithful nation, Israel would not have to borrow, the nation would lend. When Israel had to borrow, she would know that something was amiss.

Questions:

  • Is your nation in debt?
  • Other than the items the news reports on why your nation is in debt, do you think the major reason might be biblical, that your nation is not faithful to the Lord?
  • What can you do about it?
  • Are you doing it?

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