Fundamentals of Economics

Essay #28 Moses

How is a civilization to grow or a people to become a great nation when they do not know the God who created them, and they succumb to the nature of the human heart?

“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?”.  Jeremiah 17:9.

Without rules and the authority to enforce rules it is impossible for people to flourish.  With excessive rules, or authority, people will be enslaved and not flourish.  The command to be “fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue” (Genesis 1:28, Genesis 9:1) will be disobeyed by the presumptive nature of the unregenerate who claims to know better than God. An infinitely wise and holy God knows exactly the balance between the two that allow people to fulfill His command.

Sinful man seeks ways to abrogate God’s commands yet still expects God’s blessings on their actions.  But material success does not necessarily equate to blessing.  God may allow material blessing but “send leanness to their souls” (Psalm 106:6-16).  This is the condition of the world today.  Materially rich and lost.

Economics is a moral science. To separate the moral aspect of human action from the action itself does provide information helpful to humanity.  The information is incomplete.  The certainty of ingenuity, labor and property yielding the stuff of provision, is equal to the certainty of God’s moral program, culminating in Jesus Christ as Savior and Redeemer of those who by faith accept Him and His work.

In His mercy God gave five commandments to point the nation of Israel to Himself as their God.  He also gave them five commandments that form the basis for a civilization.  In identifying Himself as the only true God, He has provided for the spiritual needs of the nation.  By communicating how they should act, he is providing for their material needs.

Continuing in Exodus and then throughout Leviticus, Numbers and into Deuteronomy the emphasis on spiritual and material is maintained.  In regards to the spiritual needs, Paul sums it, “ kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came…” Romans 9:3c-5b. Furthermore, Paul sums up the material. “Whatsoever you do, do heartily us unto the Lord and not unto man” (Colossians 3:23). The Christian life is God’s.  Our lives should demonstrate a love for Him.

Life must be conducted according to God’s standard, which is in His Word.  We must act to be productive and we must act to protect the liberty that frees us to be productive from those who would commit violence against them by subverting the moral aspects of human action.

God gave Moses the ten commandments.  He explicitly told the nation of Israel not to be like the nations of the land, “When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.” Deuteronomy 18:9. The verses surrounding this expound on the reason why the nations are the way they are in the land.  “For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.”  Deuteronomy 18:14. They rejected God! The system of Babylonianism was the established social paradigm.

What were the children of Israel to do with the commandants given to Moses?   “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:7-9).  The easy summation of the commandments is, “I am God, don’t forget it and don’t kill, cheat, steal, lie or envy.” Why would God tell them that? Because the world of Canaan was made up of nations that worshiped false gods, killed, committed adultry, stole, lied and envied.  It was a  hostile  to God and His Word, just as the world today still The world that the nation of Israel is about to face is hostile to truth. The world that we live in today is hostile to truth. 

The God of the bible and those who believe in a literal, historical grammatic interpretation of the bible are to blame for the problems of the world today.  Their solution is to reject the first five commandments, establish their own god, then reject the second five commandments and enslave the nations create a New World.

Truly, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”  (Ecclesiastes 1:9). The thing that hath been and the thing that shall be?  Nimrod and the physical and spiritual Kingdom of Babylon (Genesis 11:1-8, Romans 1:18-32, Revelation 17 & 18).  The world system rejects God and His Word and careens down the path of the godless world system.  From the ancient times of Nimrod, that setup false gods and enslaved individuals, to the modern world that does the same. Just as God judge Bable, he will judge the world and it will be horrific for the children of disobedience. Our goal as His children are to call the lost out of a certain judgment and into the body of Christ.

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