People in God's Kingdom follow a different set of laws and rules than the average person. For instance, they are not suppose to lend money on interest to another
Israelite (someone who has pledged their allegiance to the King of kings). We are also suppose to forgive all our brother's (again, a citizen of the Kingdom) debts every 7th year.
To the average person who doesn't understand the law of God, forgiving a person of his debts would be a hard thing to do, especially if he
owed you a large sum of money. Rest assure, we have the most righteous Judge. I am going to quickly break down how I believe the Judge
handles a case of unpaid debts.
I lend money out $1,000 to a brother. That person pays back $500 of the money and then stops paying all together. I decide not to take it
to the civil courts (1 Corinthians 6:1-7). The year of release comes and I tell my debtor that he no longer has to pay his debt to me.
This sounds great for the debtors and not so great for me. It sounds like, by obeying the law of God, that I am getting the raw end of the
deal, and the person that caused a damage to me is getting a great deal. Is that how our most righteous law and most righteous Judge
works? No. Under His law, does it make sense for the unrighteous to get rewarded and the righteous to get penalized? No. At the year of
release, the Judge will review the case and will know if this man did everything in his power to repay me. If the man decided to put his
luxuries (cable TV, going out to eat, buying a new car when the old one is working fine, etc.) before repaying his debts, or if the man
finds out that I was going to forgive him at the year of release, so he stops paying and just waits on that day to be forgiven; then the
man stole from me. This damage has a 2-5 times penalty in God's law (Exodus 22:1-4). So, he if owed me $500 and the Judge saw that he could
have paid $300 back if he tightened his belt a little more, then the Judge will send his "collection agency" (angels) down to collect.
This person will then either have some sickness, leaky roof, car troubles, or something that would not have happened if he had paid me
back all of what he owed. The money it will end up costing (for not paying the $300 that he could have paid) will be at least $600.
But everything is not right yet. The criminal has been taken care of, but will I also be taken care of for obeying God's law and observing
the year of release and trusting that the Righteous Judge will make things right? Of course I will. In this scenario, the person still
owes me $500. I will then get some payment that I would not have normally gotten. For instance, I will run upon a real good buy for
something that I need. Maybe, I will need some chickens and a neighbor wants to give them to me, so he either gives them to me, or sells
them for next to nothing. Maybe God will put it on someone's heart to give me a financial gift for no reason. Maybe, some other deals would come to my door that would not have if I did not follow God's year of release
program. I am not sure how much I'll end up getting back, but if he still owed me $500, then I would say I would at least get back that
much (plus inflation) in other types of compensation.
To me belongeth vengeance and recompence
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his
Today, there are many people who say, "I fear God", but their actions do not support that statement. They might keep the Sabbath and Holy
Days and soforth, but when it comes down to it, they, like many Christians, think they can steal and "plead the blood of Jesus" and get away with it.
These type of people need to realize that a Righteous Judge makes things right. If I were in debt to someone, I would try everything in my power to repay him; because if I do not,
then I'd end up having to pay more in the long run.
Deuteronomy 15:1 At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.
2 And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the Lord's release.
3 Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release;
4 Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the Lord shall greatly bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it:
5 Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day.
6 For the Lord thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee
Again, one thing that is guaranteed from the Father is that the person that releases the debt will be blessed. Have faith in the Father's word. If it is bothering you to release a brother's debts, then you should work on your faith a bit more in the Father's word. You will not get the raw end of the deal by following YHVH's commandments.