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Saturday, April 6 2019
A Bible Journey, 168: The LORD'S Release
"Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD'S release"
The English-language word "lease" originated from a Latin word, lessa, which meant to lessen. In matters of land, it was used when the owner of a property legally lessened his full control over it by allowing someone else to use it, within specified limits, as their own.
The word "release" is based upon the same original word, and the same original meaning, but came to be used, not for an owner permitting the use of his property by someone else, but to lessen an obligation that someone had to an owner.
The definitions of "lease" and "release" are identical to the Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures that are translated with those words. The Biblical principle however is based upon an ultimate Owner from which owners of all physical property (including their own physical existence; see What Makes Physical Life Possible?) are His tenants: "10:26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof." (1 Corinthians 10:26 KJV).
The LORD wasn't commanding what people could do with their property; He was commanding what people were to do with His property. It was in the ultimate Owner principle that the "release" law was given to His tenants, at all levels.
"15:1 At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release. 15:2 And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD'S release. 15:3 Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release; 15:4 Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the LORD shall greatly bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it: 15:5 Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day. 15:6 For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.
Wealth and property were to be the fruit of hard work (see The Fourth Commandment, Part One: Work) and righteous business behavior (see Parables Of Jesus Christ: Lazarus And The Rich Man and No Class Struggles In Christianity).
"15:12 And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. 15:13 And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: 15:14 Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. 15:15 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) also established offerings and sacrifices for the same prophetic purpose (see Leviticus 1: The Burnt Offerings Of The Ancients and Numbers 18: The Inheritance Of The Levites; also The Blood Of Bulls And Goats).
"15:19 All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep. 15:20 Thou shalt eat it before the LORD thy God year by year in the place which the LORD shall choose, thou and thy household. 15:21 And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the LORD thy God. 15:22 Thou shalt eat it within thy gates: the unclean and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart. 15:23 Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground as water." (Deuteronomy 15:19-23 KJV)
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This Day In History, April 6
646 BC: The earliest total solar eclipse recorded by humans was made, by the Greeks (see also When Do Eclipses Happen On The Christian Holy Days? and The Sun In History And Prophecy).
46 BC: Julius Caesar (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar; also The Roman Republic and The Roman Empire) defeated Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) at the battle of Thapsus.
402: Alaric, chief of the Visigoths (a Germanic people), after invading Italy was defeated at Pollentia by Roman General Flavius Stilicho. The Germanic people eventually superseded the original the Roman Empire as the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1199: King Richard I (Richard the Lion-hearted) of England died at age 41 from an infected arrow wound (from a crossbow) that he suffered during the siege of the castle of Chaluz in France.
1250: During the Seventh Crusade (see also Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Ayyubids of Egypt captured King Louis IX of France at the Battle of Fariskur.
1320: Scots reaffirmed their independence with the Declaration of Arbroath.
1384: The Battle of Atoleiros, a Portuguese victory over the Castilians.
1385: John, the Master of the Order of Aviz, became king John I of Portugal.
1453: The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed II ("Mehmed the Conqueror") began his siege of Constantinople (the city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). The Ottoman Empire (centered in Turkey) occupied the land of Israel for centuries until it was liberated by British forces at the end of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1652: Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck established a resupply station that eventually became Cape Town, South Africa.
1663: King Charles II signed the Carolina Charter ("Carolina" is from Carolus, the Latin form of Charles).
1748: The ruins of Pompeii, Italy, were discovered. The ancient city was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
1814: Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated in favor of his young son, but Russia, Prussia, Austria and Britain reject it; the French senate didn't recognize the child's title and called the Bourbon Louis XVIII to the throne instead. Napoleon then abdicated unconditionally and was sent into exile on the island of Elba.
1868: Mormon leader Brigham Young, 67, married his 27th, and last, wife. In all, his wives bore him 47 children.
1909: Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reached the North Pole.
1917: The U.S. declared war on Germany and entered the First World War (1914-1918) after it was half over ;see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1939: Britain signed a military alliance with Poland. The Second World War began a few months later, in September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1965: The launch of "Early Bird," the first communications satellite in geosynchronous orbit i.e. with a counter-orbit of 24 hours so that it stays in the same position over the earth.