Hold on Loosly

Deuteronomy 15-16

It seems to me that God would have us refuse to cling tightly to the stuff that we consider valuable. Our reading today had that feel to it to me anyway.

Money: Return any debts every seven years.

Slaves: Free them every seven years.

Also: When it comes to your money and the poor I expect this:

If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them.8 Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. 9 Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. 10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

So, this morning I am wrestling with all of that, I think the theme here is something like, you will want to control and cling to the things you think are or should be yours, your money, your possesions (even if those possesions are people.) Don't do that. But, God doesn't just say, "No" he gives them a process that makes it easier, one he built in from the start...letting go, for me anyway, never works without rest. We are to rest from our labors and clinging too tightly takes loads of labor, God built a release valve in to relieve that pressure.

That money, it's not really yours.

Those possesions, they'll cost ya if ya cling.

Dan, give it a rest already.

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