Leviticus 25 Plan: the precedent

“PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND

 UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF”

 Leviticus 25:10

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Leviticus, chapter 25 outlines a divinely inspired plan which “the Lord spake unto Moses” in proclaiming a unique period of Jubile. “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (verse 10).

Debtors – bondmen and bondmaids – were granted liberty from their indebtedness. Property was returned to the rightful owners, and distinct benefits were accorded “the poor, who now were acquitted from all their debts, and restored to their possessions” (Wesley). Leviticus 25:17 sets forth the solemn reminder, “Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the Lord your God.”

Jubile “set bounds both to the insatiable avarice of some, and the foolish prodigality of others, that the former might not wholly and finally swallow up the inheritances of their brethren, and the latter might not be able to undo themselves and their posterity forever, which was a singular privilege of this law and people.” (Wesley)

Jubile provided a fresh start with economic liberties and a societal rebalancing to counter permanent class structures.

America needs a plan that is modeled upon these divine concepts – an economic recovery plan that directly benefits American citizens in a timely manner.

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