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Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 14 March 2013


By Jim Jordal

 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.

Isaiah 49:8-9 KJV

 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 43:10 KJV

As you know, I’ve written a considerable amount about America’s predatory capitalistic domination system and the evils it brings to the entire earth. Today we’ll look at an alternative scenario--- that of America, not as powerful dominator, but as caring, loving servant.

It seems almost impossible that greedy predatory capitalists searching the earth for profits, funded by their flint-eyed banker compatriots, could ever become altruistic servants to the earth and its people, but that is what I think will occur in the not-too-distant future. Why? Because it’s time!

But first we must get beyond the pervasive habit of assigning all God’s commandments and blessings to the small nation of Israel. When God speaks of Israel he means not just the existing nation of Israel, but also all those descendants of Israel that have spread across the globe, including the nations of Christendom who are Israelites either by descent or by adoption (see Gal. 3).

The first Scripture above delineates the future role of God’s people to be liberators and light-bearers to the earth. The second adds "witnesses" and "servants" to the mix. As we know, true witnesses tell the truth concerning their Master’s wishes while true servants carry out their his bidding. So our role as God’s servants is to act as bearers of freedom and enlightenment to the earth.

The Great Commission of Jesus found in Matthew 28:19-20 speaks of God’s people going into all the earth making disciples of the nations and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And that’s usually where exegesis stops. But the passage goes on to proclaim that those who carry the gospel should also teach people to observe everything commanded by Jesus, and that includes—far beyond personal salvation---the Jubilee message of economic and social deliverance for the nations.

A great division between service and domination exists today in America. We expend time and money unceasingly around the world to mitigate disaster and improve living conditions. But we also dominate and oppress as the predatory capitalistic system now controlling the levers of power uses our presence abroad to enhance profits at the expense of those we also attempt to serve. So it’s a great moral divide between selfless service and greedy, grasping oppression.

Notice again the mission given to God’s people in the first reading. They are to establish the earth, cause desolate places to be inhabited or inherited, liberate prisoners, bring to the light those trapped in darkness, and in general improve society in its role of helping and serving people. And when does this happen? "In an acceptable time" and in a "day of salvation" are the terms used in this case. In other Scriptures this awesome event is associated with "the year of the Lord’s favor," or "the acceptable year of the Lord," as both Isaiah and Jesus called it, meaning the time when God moves mightily to bring the Jubilee reign and rule of his Son to the earth. In other words it is simply a restatement of the principles and purpose of biblical Jubilee.

When the "acceptable year of the Lord’s favor" arrives we will assume our destiny, not as dominators of the earth, but as servants to humankind. The way things are going it can’t happen too soon.