Surety : Warnings from the Bible about Standing in for another’s debts

As I look at the state of the world, especially my small world in America, I am coming to the conclusion that it started with insurance.  I have learned to always follow the money to understand why things have gone wrong.  Why are companies failing, why is the divorce rate so high, why are so many people suffering, and dying and I follow the money to find the truth.

Money is nothing but a tool.  It is the love of money that drives people to sin.  I know that is such a dirty and outdated word today.  All I have to say is, “Look around you and see if we are not suffering and failing as a nation, and the world is not crumbling as it readies to spiral into chaos.  That my friends is the wages of sin.  So, where did following the money lead me?   It lead me to surety.

Most people don’t even understand what that word means, but the bible warns us over and over to not embark in surety.  So, what is it and how is it referenced in the bible.  I mean, is it always a sin to strike your hand in pledge for another person’s debt? That is what surety means.   The answer is, it depends.  That does not mean there is a lot of wiggle room though.  The bible clearly says to not do it with strangers.  Let’s look at the word in Hebrew and Greek:

Pro 11:14  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Pro 11:15  He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

Surety:

H6148
ערב
‛ârab
aw-rab’
A primitive root; to braid, that is, intermix; technically to traffic (as if by barter); also to give or be security (as a kind of exchange): – engage, (inter-) meddle (with), mingle (self), mortgage, occupy, give pledges, be (-come, put in) surety, undertake.

suretiship:

H8628
תּקע
tâqa‛
taw-kah’
A primitive root; to clatter, that is, slap (the hands together), clang (an instrument); by analogy to drive (a nail or tent pin, a dart, etc.); by implication to become bondsman (by handclasping): – blow ([a trumpet]), cast, clap, fasten, pitch [tent], smite, sound, strike, X suretiship, thrust.

Heb 7:22  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

G1450
ἔγγυος
egguos
eng’-goo-os
From G1722 and γυῖον guion (a limb); pledged (as if articulated by a member), that is, a bondsman: – surety.

Thus in the Hebrew we see that it is to in-debt yourself for another as promising to pay.  It’s a binding contract, and it is not to be done for strangers.  If you do enter into this arrangement then it is a serious thing and must be repaid.  It’s what insurance is all about, and if you trace what happens in insurance then you see why costs rise so drastically.  It is what caused the problem with the bail outs when bad mortgages were bundled and the American people through the Federal Reserve have literally printed or created 20 TRILLION dollars in debt to cover this sin.  We don’t have the money, and the economy will crash because of it.

What about health care and car insurance?  Why is it so expensive to get treated for simple things now?  There are a myriad of reasons for rising costs, but part of it is that if you don’t pay the bill, and insurance does, then how is the free market supposed to work?  Have you ever noticed how carefully people handle things that can be broken and not replaced?  Yet, if you can just make a phone call and a new item replaces it, how easy is it to become careless?  What about the emotional cost?  Credit is tied into the surety system, only in this case those striking bonds are the takers and not the losers.  They offer you easy credit, then when you don’t pay your bill they just start tacking on massive interest!  That too is a sin.  We are told to not charge our brothers interest.  The Hebrews could charge the stranger a small interest amount, but not their kinsmen.

If we are a Christian nation, and a majority of us believe or claim to believe in Christ then are we not one body in him?  Are we not brothers and sisters in Christ?  Then how can a Christian owned bank, hospital, loan company charge interest? In fact, there would be no loan companies.  It would be handled locally to repay debts and that keeps us honest because we have to look at those we owe, and know that to keep our honor we must repay a debt and thus few would incur outrageous debt by living above their means, buying cars they cannot afford or other luxuries as they try to keep up with the Joneses.

God also had an answer to debt and it was called the Jubilee.  Once, every 50 years all debts were cancelled, and the land returned to the original family tribe who owned it! While I hope you read the entire 25th chapter of Leviticus, this portion sums up the Jubilee, but again, read the whole chapter:

Lev 25:8  And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.
Lev 25:9  Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.
Lev 25:10  And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

If you did read further down, you see a lack of even sowing seed that year, and how God would make an increase for your food, but it required obedience and faith.  We have chosen to turn our backs upon the ways of God, and embrace man’s folly and wisdom.  We seem so smart in our own eyes, and yet look at the millions suffering when we have so much!  I am not a socialist, and yet it is the abuse of the money lenders and those who love money so much that causes millions to suffer needlessly and give room for the progressive socialists to preach their ideology.  Their fruit is no better, and yet it sounds so grand.  This is really about a heart condition living in fear, putting our faith in the things of this world, and because of that our love is waxing cold.

God will not be mocked much longer, but before that happens and things are set back on a path of justice, fairness, and equality there will be much loss and suffering world wide.  The global economy will sway as a building suffering a massive earthquake does before it crumbles, and we will finally be ready for the promised one who will promise salvation and peace.  That’s the greatest theft my friends, for it’s a lie.  Millions will buy into the lies told for this false utopia, but after that you will see the truth, and there will be a time of peace.  We were told these things would happen, and we are seeing them come to be.  Some are living lives of immense prosperity and cannot imagine losing it all. They have no clue as to the needless suffering of millions, but it will come to an end, very soon.  Just remember, “Ordo ab Chao” and you will understand.

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4 comments on “Surety : Warnings from the Bible about Standing in for another’s debts

  1. Deuteronomy Chapter 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: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.

    7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:

    8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.

    9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.

    10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.

    11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

  2. James Chapter 5
    1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

    2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

    3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

    4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

    5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

    6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

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