Inherit the Earth (13)

THE LEGACY OF KNOWLEDGE

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; for they will be graceful ornaments on your head, and chains about your neck (Proverbs 1:7-9).

The fifth and final principle of a Biblical covenant is the principle of inheritance-continuity. We might also call it the principle of legitimacy. What is the most important inheritance a parent can leave to his children? The Bible is clear: the fear of God and the knowledge of God’s precepts. As the author of Ecclesiastes (who was probably Solomon, the compiler of the Proverbs) says at the end of his book, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil (Ecclesiastes12:13-14).[1]

The historical fact of Jesus Christ’s death should be extremely important to Christians. But one reason His death is important, is often overlooked. Jesus with His death and resurrection has received an inheritance, which He doesn’t keep to Himself. Christians are the beneficiaries of Jesus’ inheritance. Jesus Christ has much to give to His people, and it’s all predicated on their obedience to Him. He is the one who was perfectly obedient, and now the Bible describes Him as the “…heir of all things…” (Heb.1:2).

The Psalmist tells us that the Father declares to the Son, “Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession” (Ps.2:8). He also says “You have given me the inheritance of those that fear Your Name” (Ps.61:5), and “He chooses our inheritance for us, the glory of Jacob whom He loves” (Ps.49:4).

You’re not sure about applying the Lord’s inheritance to us? Revelation 21:5 says, “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.

So, it is important for believers to find what it is in life that God wants us to do, and then to do it with all our might. Yes, there are general scriptural instructions that we should follow that apply to all believers, and there are specific occupational opportunities we should be pursuing, depending on God’s specific calling. The free market helps us to find these opportunities.

Mostly, we can identify these issues by asking ourselves these three questions:

What am I good at? What do I like doing? What do I feel called to?

These issues may take time to determine, or they may be evident early on. Florence Nightingale believed she knew from God what she was supposed to do when only sixteen.

The free-market society gives the maximum possible scope for individual abilities and differences to flourish. What we are good at, we can do. One size doesn’t fit all.

Conclusion:

1. Each individual, on his own, probably does not have enough personal knowledge to keep himself alive.

2. We all depend on the division of intellectual labour to sustain us.

3. Each person has something to sell, and each person has needs to fill.

4. We communicate to each other impersonally, through the free market.

5. Prices are the means of registering the information needed by consumers and producers.

6. The plans of competing individuals are integrated and adjusted by market participants by means of profit and loss.

7. The free market allows consumers to be represented on profit-and-loss sheets.

8. Profit and loss serve as incentives for providing more and better solutions.

9. Profit and loss serve as devices for filtering out “wheat” from “chaff.” The “wheat” is consumer-satisfying information.

10. People have competing goals and competing plans for the future.

11. The system of incentives in an economy should encourage plan revisions that satisfy consumers.

12. The system of incentives should represent consumers as closely as possible.

13. Socialist economies represent the interests of bureaucrats, not consumers (or the bureaucrats’ interpretation of “true” consumer needs).

14. Someone or some system must rule the rulers.

15. The free market makes consumers the rulers: they gain more direct influence through “voting by spending” than by ballot-box voting.[2]


[1] Gary North, “Inherit the Earth,” 1987, p.121.

[2] ibid, p.131-132.

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