Bruce Baber (18 Nov 2011)
"THE CURSES OF USURY....."

 
Webster's definition of usury:
1
archaic: interest
2
: the lending of money with an interest charge for its use; especially: the lending of money at exorbitant interest rates
3
: an unconscionable or exorbitant rate or amount of interest; specifically: interest in excess of a legal rate charged to a borrower for the use of money
 
The Old Testament is chock full of verses that warn about usury.  I thought about that as I read today's headlines about bankrupt countries, bank bailouts and soaring debt. 
 
25 " If you lend money to any of My people who are poor among you, you shall not be like a moneylender to him; you shall not charge him interest.
26 "If you ever take your neighbor's garment as a pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down.
27 "For that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin. What will he sleep in? And it will be that when he cries to Me, I will hear, for I am gracious. (Exodus 22:25-27)
35 ' If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.
36 'Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you.
37 'You shall not lend him your money for usury, nor lend him your food at a profit. (Leviticus 25:35-37)

 

10 "I also, with my brethren and my servants, am lending them money and grain. Please, let us stop this usury!
11 "Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them." (Nehemiah 5:10,11)

 

13 If he has exacted usury Or taken increase -- Shall he then live? He shall not live! If he has done any of these abominations, He shall surely die; His blood shall be upon him. (Ezekiel 18:13)

12 "In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take usury and increase; you have made profit from your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten Me," says the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 22:12)

 

When the millenium is ushered in, do you think anyone will charge interest on loans?  Where has it gotten us?  It looks like the whole world is in in servitude to a handfull of bankers.  Will it be allowed to continue?   You know the answer to that.  God's way is not the way of this world.

 

Just my thoughts.

 

YBIC

Bruce Baber