jobs and the will of God


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jobs and the will of God

Deuteronomy 24:6-7 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 24:6 “Do not take a pair of grindstones or even the upper millstone as security for a debt, because that is like taking a throat as security.
Deuteronomy 24:7 “If a man is discovered stealing a throat of one of his Israelite brothers, whether he treats him as a slave or sells him, the kidnapper must die. You must purge the evil from you.

jobs and the will of God

I avoid using the typical word “soul” in my translation because it is so theologically charged that it obscures the meaning of most of the texts where the Hebrew word nefesh is found. Instead, I use the word “throat” in most cases. The point of today’s passage is that taking away a person’s livelihood is the same as taking his life. Since the grindstones or millstone are the way a person lives and eats, the Israelite was prohibited from taking it as security.

Enslaving a fellow Israelite was also stealing a throat — taking away a brother’s freedom to live on his own. Such an offense was punishable by death.

What God wants for you and me is to be free from the bondage of debt, or any other kind of slavery. He wants us to be able to provide for ourselves and our families and to demonstrate his care of others, not the exploitation of others.

Lord, thank you for the jobs you have given us. We pray for all those around us to find meaningful and profitable employment so that you are glorified. We also ask you to keep us from being obstacles to their freedom to do so.

Rev. David Davis joins me today to reflect about jobs, the pandemic, and Palm Sunday!

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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