In the abstract, it seems like such a simple, obvious idea. Each living thing contributes to the whole.
In the marketplace – and the courts – there are violent battles about the need to protect one facet of an ecosystem for the good of the whole – at the expense of some entrepreneur’s dream.
While the debate of the impact of one plant or bug on the whole of the global ecosystem rages, there is a mysterious silence about the spiritual ecosystem.
Yet, Scripture portrays the Giver’s heart as having some extraordinary influence over the meteorological, agricultural, economic and political ecosystems.
The story is in Hosea. In this parable, Gomer is a wounded woman who does not know how to receive the love of her husband. She can receive money from men in exchange for sex, but there is no pretense of love in the context of prostitution. Gomer represents Israel and the husband represents God.
In the end, Gomer received a heart transplant, and she was then able to receive the love Hosea was sending her way all along.
What if the story ended there? “And they lived happily ever after.”
But it didn’t.
Park that thought and let’s go pick up another thread.
God promised to take Israel to the land flowing with milk and honey. What they heard was, “There is a good place and God is going to give it to us on a silver platter.”
Instead, He took them to Mount Sinai and spent a LOT of time teaching them how to worship Him. On the surface it seemed like a distraction – a delay from the original promise.
Did God do a bait and switch? Did He promise them some goodies, but then held them hostage to His narcissistic need for adulation?
Toggle back to the first thought.
After the heart transplant, we read:
“In that day I will respond,” declares the LORD— “I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’” Hosea 2:21-23 NIV
Notice the sequence.
- Israel was able to receive the love of God.
- God responded to the sky.
- The sky responded to the earth.
- The earth responded to the agricultural endeavors.
- The governmental spiritual structures will respond to the economy.
That last statement needs some explanation.
Jezreel is the city in Israel with some sort of portal or other spiritual dynamic that allowed it to impact government disproportionately. We see it specifically as a change point for dynasties.
Saul’s last battle with the Philistines which ended his dynasty was in the vicinity of Jezreel. When Ahab stole Naboth’s vineyard, it was in Jezreel, a community near the capital of Samaria. His crime there caused the prophetic word about the end of his dynasty. After he died, his son Jehoram and the Queen Mother Jezebel were in Jezreel, not Samaria when Jehu killed them.
After the 70 sons of Ahab – heirs to the dynasty – were killed, their heads were brought to Jezreel – not Samaria – and piled up at the gate of the city as a mark of the utter end of that dynasty.
In 1187 A.D. it was at Jezreel that Saladin had the decisive victory that drove the Crusaders from the Holy Land.
Shortly after that in 1260 A.D. the Mongols invaded the Holy Land and were met and routed by the Mamluk forces even though the Mongols vastly outnumbered them.
Who knows what other lesser political shifts took place over the centuries because of the spiritual dynamics at Jezreel that were not recorded in Scripture?
The point is, God knew the nature of Jezreel. Even though the capital was CLEARLY Samaria, God defined the spiritual locus of the government in Jezreel.
So we revisit the sequence again.
When the Giver was able to receive the love of God, the ecology changed, which produced a change in the economy, which unleashed the blessings of the land to the government.
And THIS is what God was modeling to them at Mount Sinai. If they would learn how to receive His love, the land would release its treasures to the people and the economy and the government would be on solid spiritual ground.
Lacking that, the blockage of love in the people’s hearts would result in the economy and the government failing.
This is the book of Judges in a sentence.
They wanted economic prosperity without a rich love relationship with God.
The demons would allow the people to serve them in a financial relationship, much like a prostitute does business without love. So, they defaulted to religion that was monetized but barren.
And when that happened, the economy faltered and the government fell.
So the roll of the Giver in our communities is immense. When they are able to receive the love of God and reciprocate, there is a cascade of benefit to the community as nature comes into alignment and so do the economy and the political sectors. But those stabilities and alignments are rooted in the love of the Giver for her covenant partner.
Join me in warring for the Giver tribe to receive the ultimate heart transplant so as to be the catalyst for abundance in our midst.
Copyright January 2016 by Arthur Burk
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