Thursday, February 9, 2017
Leviticus, Chapter 25, Verse 43
Do not lord it over them harshly, but stand in fear of your God.
This verse in the book of Leviticus is about how to treat the hired help or the slaves of the rich. It was common for a poor Jew to hire himself out as a slave for up to seven years, the year of the jubilee to pay for his daily bread. Although a slave; God commands they will be treated with dignity and respect for all the Jews were liberated by God from the Egyptians. This verse also from a modern standpoint sounds a lot like servant leadership. The focus of the servant leader as discussed by Greenleaf (2002) is primarily in serving. To serve both the organization and the people in it; this involves the leader having to focus on how to best serve and having concern for well-rounded work, community and power sharing. This is the greatness of our Lord in that He shares with us His majesty and forgives us our failings.
2017 is the 5777 Jewish year and is a year of Jubilee. As a leader, do want you can to help your workforce to become as independent as they can. Help them establish their own businesses if they have the skill and will if not help them to establish their own estates. If you are a working person; do want you can to become Holy in the eyes of the Lord and work toward establishing your own estate.
The Year of the Jubilee
Rest is good for the soul. The righteous Jew was to not plant crops every seventh year and on the fiftieth year to have a year of Jubilee where every debt was wiped away and every slave freed. If only it could be so! During these special years God called Jews to change their behavior. Consider the lessons God gives to leaders during these special Sabbaths.
1. It gave the people a time of rest.
2. It gave the people an opportunity for redemption.
3. It gave the people time for reflection.
4. It gave the people time for reward and repair. (Sharpen the Saw)
5. It gave the people time for relationships (people over material gain)
6. It gave the people time to refocus. (God first)
Male-Female Complementarity Is Essential to Marriage
God created man in his image in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. (Gn 1:27) The two creation stories in the book of Genesis communicate two important truths about the identity of man and woman and the relationship between them. In the first account, God creates both male and female at the same time and in the divine image. This act completes creation, and God judges it to be ―very good (Gn 1:31). In this way, Sacred Scripture affirms the fundamental equality and dignity of man and woman as persons created in God‘s image. The second creation account emphasizes that both sexes are necessary for God‘s plan. Having created Adam, God says,―It is not good for the man to be alone (Gn 2:18). So God creates a helpmate who is suitable for him and matches him.―Helpmate (ezer) is a word reserved in the Bible not for inferiors but most often for God himself, who is Israel‘s ―helper. Indeed, after God creates all of the animals and brings them to Adam to name, it becomes clear that none of them is―the suitable partner for the man (Gn 2:20).Then God puts Adam under a deep sleep and, using one of his ribs, builds up a woman for him as a suitable partner or helpmate. When he sees the woman, Adam cries out in wondrous joy: This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called―woman, for out of ―her man this one has been taken. (Gn 2:23)Adam and Eve were literally made for each other. Man and woman have been made to come together in the union of marriage. The text of Genesis continues: That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body [flesh] (Gn 2:24). Marriage, this clinging together of husband and wife as one flesh, is based on the fact that man and woman are both different and the same. They are different as male and female, but the same as human persons who are uniquely suited to be partners or helpmates for each other. The difference between man and woman, however, cannot be restricted to their bodies, as if the body could be separated from the rest of the human person. The human person is a union of body and soul as a single being. Man and woman are two different ways of being a human person. While man and woman are different, their differences serve to relate them to each other. They are not different in a parallel way, as two lines that never meet. Man and woman do not have separate destinies. They are related to each other precisely in their differences. The differences between male and female are complementary. Male and female are distinct bodily ways of being human, of being open to God and to one another—two distinct yet harmonizing ways of responding to the vocation to love. While human persons are more than biological organisms, the roots of marriage can be seen in the biological fact that a man and a woman can come together as male and female in a union that has the potential for bringing forth another human person. This kind of union fills the need for the continuation of the human race. Since human beings exist at more than a biological level, however, this union has further personal and spiritual dimensions. Marriage does not exist solely for the reproduction of another member of the species, but for the creation of a communion of persons. To form a communion of persons is the vocation of everyone. As Pope John Paul II teaches, all human persons are created in the image of God, who is a communion of love of three persons, and thus all are called to live in a communion of self-giving love: ―to say that man is created in the image and likeness of God means that man is called to exist ̳for ‘others, to become a gift. Marriage, however, is a unique communion of persons. In their intimate union as male and female, the spouses are called to exist for each other. Just as Genesis describes Eve as a helper for Adam, we can see that in marriage, a husband and wife are meant to help each other through self-giving.―In the ̳unity of the two,‘ man and woman are called from the beginning not only to exist side by side ‘or together, ‘but they are also called to exist mutually „one for the other. ‟This communion of persons has the potential to bring forth human life and thus to produce the family, which is itself another kind of communion of persons and which is the origin and foundation of all human society. It is precisely the difference between man and woman that makes possible this unique communion of persons, the unique partnership of life and love that is marriage. A man and woman united in marriage as husband and wife serve as a symbol of both life and love in a way that no other relationship of human persons can.
John Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Bible.
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