KEY #9 FATHERS ORIGINAL INTENT
The account of Genesis 1 and 2 makes it clear that YHWH planned for humanity to enjoy the beauty, abundance and fruitfulness of His creation. In the perfect setting of the Garden of Eden, the first humans found a rich, fertile place, and humanity was intended to prosper in every sense. YHWH provides an abundance of resources for humans to flourish.
As the writer of Genesis states early on in the story about the creation of humans, “YHWH blessed them” (Genesis 1:28). The word “blessing or blessed” is a central feature of the biblical story. Part of the blessing of relationship with YHWH is very definitely tangible, hands on. And these material blessings are thoroughly integrated with the other benefits of knowing and loving the Creator.
Later, even in the barrenness of the wilderness, the people of Israel find daily provision from YHWH, in the form of manna (Exodus 16) and water gushing from the rock (Exodus 17). The abundant wealth of YHWH’s creation is discovered further on in the biblical narrative by the people of Israel, when they finally reach the Promised Land. It is a land “flowing with milk and honey,” rich with all the ingredients needed to live according to YHWH’s design. Deuteronomy records the promise made to YHWH’s people in the desert that they would find on earth everything they need to prosper. “For the YHWH your Elohim is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters winding up in valleys and hills, of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing. (Deuteronomy 8:7-9)
From the beginning, YHWH perfectly provisioned the world for humans to thrive. The good earth yields food when humans exercise their YHWH-given ability to “till it and keep it” (Genesis 2:20). Human work and ingenuity are more than capable of developing YHWH’s creation to provide abundantly for all people, in partnership with the Creator. There is more than enough raw material to go around. This is in stark contrast to the principal of scarcity that applies to most goods and materials in post-Eden economics.
Kibbutz, is a rural community dedicated to mutual aid and social justice; it has a socioeconomic system based on the principle of joint ownership of property, equality and cooperation of production. It has a core value based on ideas of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This community is called by the Hebrew word for communal settlement. (Acts 4:32-35 )”All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Messiah Yahusha. And Yahuah’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”
This kibbutz is simply sharing a common life in Messiah. It moves us beyond the self-interest isolation of private lives and beyond the superficial social contacts that pass for “Christian fellowship.” The biblical ideal of community challenges us instead to commit ourselves to life together as the People of Yahuah.
Blessings is a place where we are learning to strip away our self interest in order to serve others. It is here that we learn to share what YHWH has given us, whether it be goods or spiritual gifts. It is also here that we learn to be served, though we are sometimes prideful and reluctant like Peter (Kepha), who balked at the Master washing his feet (John 13:2-10). Sometimes we are the washers and sometimes the washed, but in many ordinary ways we can learn what submission and service mean.
We want to be models of what YHWH wants for all of humankind. Messiah’s disciples are to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16), shining like bright stars (Philippians 2:15), reflecting the brightness(the Glory) of YHWH (2 Corinthians 3:18). Often the Hebrews experiences of deliverance were sent, YHWH said, so that they and the nations “will know that I am Yahuah.” In a similar way, the unity and mutual love that distinguish Yahusha’s disciples will demonstrate that Yahusha was, in fact, sent by the Father (John 17:23).
Our way of self-sufficient living is the ability and practice of providing for all of our own needs and the needs of our household with minimal outside aid or resources. It relies on a myriad of knowledge and skills, as well as a spirit of depending upon Yahuah for His wisdom and motivation. Its attempt is certainly not for everyone, but those who choose it find it truly rewarding to live the way the Creator intended.
When you grow your own food, generate your own energy, and work from a home office or farm for your livelihood, the so-called “costs of living” largely disappear. You become UN-tethered to the work-earn-spend consumer economy, and thrive, instead, in a more self-sufficient economy in which monetary income is less essential for a rich life. Remember the words of our Messiah. (Matthew 6:24) “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve YHWH and mammon.”