God had a specific plan in mind when He created the world. His plan was much different from what we currently are living in. Much of what the world blames on God is actually the results of disobedience and the creation living life apart from it’s Creator.

From chapters 12-26 of Deuteronomy, Moses gives the Israelites some practical examples of the “God-life”. With his days becoming short – Moses seeks to instill as much Truth and details of this life as he can, in order to prepare the Israelites for their future life in the Promise Land. It is difficult to read through this section and not wonder what our lives would be like today had God’s people obeyed Him from the start and allowed Him to replenish the earth the way He originally intended.

One perfect example of this is the poor. In Deut 15 – God gives Moses details for His people to follow regarding debt and lending money and the poor. He says in 15:4“But there will be no poor among you, for the Lord will surely bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance to possess,”. What a great promise this is… no poor among you! BUT – notice what He says in the very next verse, “If only you carefully listen to the voice of the Lord your God, to do watchfully all these commandments which I command you this day.”Deut 15:5 AMP. We have seen God operate on this level since we started in Genesis 1 – God has a great plan for life, yet it requires obeying what He says to do.

Here, God tells the Israelites how to NOT have poor people in their midst. He then goes into detail about what He calls a “year of release”. Every seventh year the people are to cancel debts and wipe clean any bills owed. The big picture in this is that no one will live in life-long debt… getting deeper and deeper until there is no way out. God knows that this is a terrible and hopeless way to live – so He sets in motion a system which will prevent this trap from forming in the first place!

Unfortunately – God’s people do not obey Him… and today God is blamed for poverty?

Next God deals with slavery. Slavery was a major issue even back then. The nations which currently inhabited the land of Canaan were living in systems of slavery. The Israelites themselves had previously been rescued out of slavery! God understands that life-long slavery would not only kill the hearts of His people, but eventually drive a wedge between them. His plan is that they work together – helping each other out – becoming prosperous and blessed as a whole nation. In order for that to happen, God created a system where someone could work for another in a limited fashion (to pay off debt) – but in the seventh year of release every hired hand must go free. (Not only free… but sent with a blessing!).

And when you send him out free from you, you shall not let him go away empty-handed. You shall furnish him liberally out of your flock, your threshing floor, and your winepress; of what the Lord your God has blessed you, you shall give to him.”Deut 15:13-14 AMP

Unfortunately – as before – God’s people did not obey Him in this… and today God is blamed for slavery?

The reality of the situation is that if God’s people had obeyed Him from the start, we would be living in a much different world today. The problems we are dealing with in our culture today are a direct result of choosing our own way apart from the Lords. He has given us exact parameters on how to live life in the most fulfilling way He created it, yet we ignore Him for a more destructive path.

So how do we live under the blessing He prescribed from day one? We begin by obeying Him. Even in this chapter He tells us to not forget the poor – “You shall give to him freely without begrudging it; because of this the Lord will bless you in all your work and in all you undertake.“Deut 15:10 God’s ways haven’t changed – nor has the blessing diminished. If God’s people (us) would humble themselves and return to what He said to do from the beginning, then we would see big changes in not only our own lives, but in the lives of those around us!

Shall we?

 

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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