Jesus was anointed by the Spirit,to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release the captives, economic recovery for the blind, and to set free the downtrodden:to declare the favourable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) Luke 4 :18, 19.
Viablility is economic, social, infrastructurally developed, and spiritually vibrant
He works cooperatively (“Let us”1:1). There is no selfishness in His motives. This avoids greed. It facilitates equitable profit sharing. It maximises reward for labour and effort. It eliminates exploitation.
“He made”, “it was good” “He transformed” the despised into the climax of His creation.
Dust was transformed into Man by the breath of His Spirit.
His Spirit enhances intelligence, beauty and creativity.
God works for six days.
His work is of outstanding quality and value that it glorifies Him.
Our work becomes an expression of our relationship with and worship of Him.
We commence work with prayer, thanking God as the source of our creative talent. We sing songs, write poems and design artwork in His honour. We eat and feast together. Worship of God becomes a daily activity of joy from a heart of gratefulness.
Acts 2 verses 41-47.
Savings from well paid work enables rest and holidays. His rest shows good financial planning and management.
To God, ourselves, marriage partner and the next generation.
God entrusts resources to us to be used wisely in our time and then passed to the next generation for their diligent and wise use. He has made us trustees.
Principle 9 develop viable communities among His people as an expression of His pastoral care: Replenishment.
Our trusteeship requires us to leave creation in a better state than it was received. This facilitates earths ability to provide for an expanding population in keeping with God’s command to be fruitful and multiply. This implies viable and sustainable utilization of resources.
Principle 10: Giving.
Both sacrificially and out of the abundance of fruitful labour as an act of worship to God. Again this implies good financial planning and management.Economic principles of the Kingdom of God - Genesis 1
Savings enables the ability to invest. Investment in people and resources.
Can involve very costly and sacrificial personal decisions to develop the innovation required to accomplish the Divine mandate of fruitfulness and replenishment. Capital has the ability to create income, and make innovative ideas a reality.
Wealth sharing so there was a demonstration of justice in the community of God’s people. “Jubilee” redistributed wealth by forgiving debt, and restored land lost through unpaid debt. Debt was a mortgage on future work and limited response to God’s will for our life.
Every 7th and 50th year,
II. DEBTS ARE TO BE CANCELED.
Identity and security is created through Land ownership. God’s people gained an identity through the land they owned either individually or collectively. Both methods of land ownership are in scripture. Both are without possessiveness. Abraham and Lot in Genesis; The rich N.T. Christians in Acts 2 who sold their excess property and redistributed the wealth to those in need.
They gave to immediate needs and invested in income generation for the poor members of the church.
The N.T. community expanded from 3,500 in Jerusalem in 33AD to 25% of Mediterranean population by 300AD. “Jubilee” restored land lost to poor families and forgave debt.
Money is not evil. It measures the value of labour. Labour is intended to be a form of worship by creative production.
God commands His subjects to be fruitful and measures and rewards fruitfulness.
It is the “love of money” that is the root of all evil. Money becomes an idol when we love money rather than the God who gave the power to create wealth.
Greed possesses the soul of those who have a wrong attitude to money. The rich suffer a hard heart as a result of their love of money. Jesus said it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
In the central passage around which Luke builds his gospel and the Acts, Luke 4:18, Jesus declares his mission
He inaugurates the Jubilee eternally.Jesus’ Message of the Jubilee
Middle Class 10% Testament
A RANGE OF JUSTICE & EQUALITY
Labouring Poor 45%
Destitute Poor 40%Jubilee Economics in the Acts Community (Acts 2:42-44)
A JUST GOSPEL TRANSFORMING SOCIETY
2nd PRINCIPLE: Cooperative economics
3rd PRINCIPLE: Corporate
5th PRINCIPLE: Celebration
10th PRINCIPLE: Voluntary giving
10th PRINCIPLE: The just gospel
12th PRINCIPLE: Giving to meet needs