The Church and God’s Law (34)

You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute (Ex.23:6).

It’s easy to love the rich, for they have much that they can give to those who love them, while it is even easier to be contemptuous of the poor, who have little. The Bible warns us that, “the poor is hated even by his neighbour, but those who love the rich are many” (Prov.14:20).

This text also forms a backdrop for the occasion five hundred years later, when God sent Nathan to confront David after his adultery with Bathsheba, and his murder of her husband Uriah (II Sam.11). A rich man had taken advantage of a poor man’s absence at war, to seduce and steal his wife. When she communicated to him that she was pregnant to him, he secretly arranged for her husband’s murder, at the hands of the Ammonites. King David thus broke the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Commandments.

Is that the end of the matter?

No, for God comes in the person of Nathan, to confront and judge David. God had given the law to Moses around 1500 BC, and now an evil king had broken it. It is important to note that Nathan’s initial challenge to David is in the context of David’s oppression: the misuse of his absolute power as king. Judgment thus fell, and David (though not executed himself) loses four of his sons, over time: the baby boy born through his adultery with Bathsheba (II Sam.12:18), Amnon, who was murdered by his brother Absalom (II Sam.13:24-29), Absalom, who was killed by Joab (II Sam.18:14), and Adonijah who was executed for rebellion by his brother Solomon (I Kings 2:19-25).

David certainly had got what he wanted with Bathsheba, but paid a huge personal price.

The lessons from this?

1. Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your statutes (Ps.119:155). David in his adultery and murder had not only walked away from God. He had lost all sense of how his actions had now become oppressive against his people-God’s people. Not until he was tricked into making a self-incriminating statement, and forcefully confronted by a courageous prophet, did he realise what he had done.

The impact of Marxism and socialism in the Western world especially since World War II, has ultimately worked against the poor, too. They don’t get justice. Envy-driven socialism has theoretically sought to “redistribute” the assets of the rich through graduated taxation, but oppressive minimum wage awards, penalty rates and laws that protect unions have worked against the poor.

Why?

They’ve meant that the poor have less opportunity, as many employers cannot afford to pay the required rates, and thus cannot hire.  The very thing that the poor need, namely the opportunity for work, is thus denied them by the governments that purport to be wanting to help them.

As the scripture warns us, “…even the compassion of the wicked is cruel” (Prov.12:10). When people believe in the promises of socialists, they are believing in lies. Get rid of government violations of the free-market (which are legion), and you’ll open the door for the poor to get jobs. But the socialists can’t (or won’t) see it.

2. Sin leads to God’s judgment.                                                          

David’s sin lead to dreadful consequences in his family, and in the nation: a civil war (II Sam.15-18). The accumulated habits of socialism, graduated taxation, massive government borrowings and government interferences in the market-place, Reserve Bank controls, manipulations of economies and other evils are also going to reap a fearful economic harvest.

King David was seriously hurt as an outcome of his sins, and the West is going to be hurt, too.

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