It’s instructive to look to the Bible to see how it, and the players involved, deal with assets. When we look to the Old Testament, gold and silver existed, but these are not thing things that God usually concerned Himself with. His instructions had to do with land.
Land is the form of asset that God constantly promised and blessed upon His chosen ones, and later upon His people in Israel. In the Law of Moses, He gave the Israelites clear instructions of how to allot, manage, preserve, trade (within a period of time), redeem and pass on as inheritance, the land He gave to them when He lead them out of slavery in Egypt. He gave them this Land He promised to their forefathers – a land of milk and honey.
Is there anything beyond His blessing of physical provision in these matters? Yes, there is. This is clearly revealed to Isaiah:
Is 28:23-29 [NASB95]
Give ear and hear my voice,
Listen and hear my words.
Does the farmer plow continually to plant seed?
Does he continually turn and harrow the ground?
Does he not level its surface
And sow dill and scatter cummin
And plant wheat in rows,
Barley in its place and rye within its area?
For his God instructs and teaches him properly.
For dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge,
Nor is the cartwheel driven over cummin;
But dill is beaten out with a rod, and cummin with a club.
Grain for bread is crushed,
Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever.
Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually damage it,
He does not thresh it longer.
This also comes from the Lord of hosts,
Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.
These verses reveal to us that God would instruct farmers to sow and harvest various crops…each with different means. This can be a parable for us in today’s world, as well.
In this teaching, Isaiah shows that the land is the farmer’s asset, and God teaches how to use it to produce. Not many of us are farmers today, but the concept remains. We should have assets that produce for us. If we seek Him, God will guide us in the ways and means of production from what we have. The law of increase will then apply to our labors.
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