Deuteronomy – Deu 23:19-20 What is Spiritual Usury?

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Deu 23:19-20 What is Spiritual Usury?

[Study Aired April 30, 2021]

Deu 23:19  Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury:
Deu 23:20  Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

The word “usury” in these verses means “interest”. The charge we are made to pay for borrowing money from a lender or “usurer” is the debt that would be owed with interest. These verses are talking about literal money, literal debt, but because we live in the spirit and walk in the spirit, it is speaking to us of something greater than literal money. It is speaking of forgiveness of a debt. Scripture teaches us that when God forgives us of our debt to Him, the debt is cast away and never remembered.

Psa 103:8  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
Psa 103:9  He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
Psa 103:10  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Psa 103:11  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
Psa 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Psa 103:13  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
Psa 103:14  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

Isa 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

We have plenty of scriptures telling us that God is merciful to His people and that we are not rewarded for our sins as we deserve. God is merciful to us and only requires one thing from us; that we turn from worshiping anyone or anything other than Him.

Isa 1:11  To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
Isa 1:12  When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
Isa 1:13  Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
Isa 1:14  Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
Isa 1:15  And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Isa 1:16  Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Isa 1:17  Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

All that God requires from us is that we worship Him and Him alone. When we partake of holidays, specifically sabbath days, as holier than any other day, we lie and do not the truth. We are to worship God every day and in everything we do. We are to understand that nothing is hidden from His eyes because He, and He alone, is the Creator of all things that have every been or that exist today. Having this truth then is to walk in it when we deal with our other family members in the body. If we understand what we have been forgiven, then we will do the same for those who sin against us.

Mat 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.
Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

The kingdom of God includes every minute of every day that has ever been or ever will be, not only in the world as a whole but in every second of your and my life. If in that kingdom He has detailed that we sin against our brother, then we are expected to ask for forgiveness from that brother, AND that brother is expected to forgive us WITHOUT USURY. We are required to forgive people their sins against us without USURY because it did not belong to them in the first place.

The kingdom belongs to the LORD, not me. It was the LORD’S will that it come to pass. It was The LORD’S will that what was done in my earth was set in His heavens to be done. He has planned all things, and if all things are planned in a way where we are chastened by others’ sins, or they are chastened by ours, then who are we not to forgive without interest? “Forgive us our debts, AS we forgive our debtors.” “How do we forgive our debtors?” is the question. Do we require groveling, do we require them to make up more to us than the sin, or do we require more than what their sin was?

Mat 18:23  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
Mat 18:24  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
Mat 18:25  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
Mat 18:26  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:27  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
Mat 18:28  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
Mat 18:29  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:30  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
Mat 18:31  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Mat 18:32  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
Mat 18:33  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
Mat 18:34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
Mat 18:35  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

If we understand the enormity of what we have been forgiven, how can we not forgive those who sin against us? If we understand that their actions, as ours, are part of what has been written in our books, how can we not forgive?  I am not the Creator, you are not the Creator, so how can we not forgive people for what they do? When someone turns and asks for forgiveness, we should just as quickly turn and give that forgiveness with these words:

Luk 23:34  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

However, if we act as though they need to grovel more than what they did, or we think they are not sincere, then we are adding usury to their debt, and we will pay the consequences for our hardness of heart. When I was a boy if my brothers and I got into a fist fight (and we did often), after it was over, my Dad would make us shake hands, hug each other and forgive each other. He would say, “You’re family, no matter what happened, and you must forgive each other.” He would make us shake hands and hug each other. With blood running out of my nose, with knots on my cheek, or blood in my mouth, I had to shake hands and hug the person who did it to me and forgive him. It was not easy, so we learned not to fight each other. I think forgiving each other after the fights was harder than the fist fights themselves. There was more pain in the forgiving than there was in the swollen cheeks and bleeding noses.

Naturally we want vengeance. We want more than the offence requires because we want to feel superior over others. We want to be God and them to be our servants. However, God has created us all equal. We are all spiritual Israelites, we are all spiritual brothers in the same family; brothers meaning the same likeness and from the same Father. As important as it is to forgive, it is just as important to ask for forgiveness. In asking for forgiveness you are acknowledging your sin against another. Asking for forgiveness humbles our flesh, and in the exercise of asking for forgiveness we learn not to sin, as shaking the hand of the one who you just punched and seeing the misery you just caused. To not ask for forgiveness when we have sinned is akin to saying we have no sin.

1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1Jn 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

To say we have no sin is to reveal that the truth is not in us THAT WE ARE SIN. If we know we are sin then it is not hard to ask for forgiveness. Having a hard heart and not confessing your sin is the same thing that Judas did. He could not bring himself to confess that he sold the LORD and sought redemption by killing himself. When we do not ask for forgiveness it is because of our pride, and we are hanging ourselves as Judas did. When I was younger I heard someone say, “I’ll forgive, but I won’t forget.” It sounded good to my flesh, but in reality, in the spirit this is not giving forgiveness and is in fact “usury”. To not forget is to hold more over the offender’s head than what is required. “An eye for an eye, and tooth for tooth” is always seen in the negative, but it apples just as much in forgiveness. If my eye sees the truth of who I am, then I give that eye to the offender, I see him in the same light I see myself.

Mat 5:38  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Mat 5:39  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Mat 5:40  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
Mat 5:41  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Mat 5:42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

It is hard to forgive and walk the mile with the very person who offended me. It is hard for the flesh to want to see myself as the very person who offended me, to give my coat, my covering to him. It’s hard to turn my cheek to him after he has slapped me because in turning that cheek, you reveal that it is also bruised from being slapped last time. In taking the chastisement of the LORD, there is no place on us that is not bruised. We show them, as you have slapped me, I have slapped others, and I forgive you because I know where you are. There is no requirement of usury by those who know the truth. They are more happy that forgiveness has come and that we are reconciled to each other. Understanding forgiveness is understanding that whatever you are, I am, and whatever I am, you are. We are all on an equal plane.

Luk 3:4  As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight [equal plane].

Luk 3:5  Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
Luk 3:6  And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

When we know the truth, we see that all flesh is the same and all that we thought we were in the flesh will be brought low, and all that we say about others will be brought up, because we shall see that we are all equal in the flesh, and we are all sin by birth. No one is better than any other person and no one is worse than the other person. Some sins may be worse than others, but when we know the truth we know that we are all capable of doing what we despise about others. Our own mountain shall be brought low to an equal plane of everyone else, and likewise their mountains shall be brought low to be on the same plane with us. No one is better than the next person. No matter our color, our nationality, our status in society, or the amount of money we have, we all came from the same parents – Adam and Eve. You are me, and I am you, and we are the same no matter where we are from.

In the eyes of God, Who created us through Jesus Christ, we are exactly what He wanted us to be; nothing more, nothing less.

My Dad was not a religious man. However, now looking back, he did things that could only have been from God to be used to mold me into understanding what I know today. One time I confessed to my Dad something I had done wrong. With shaking hands and tears running down my little face, I confessed my sin and waited for the punishment. But my Dad threw his huge arms around me, picked me up and said, “You are my son, and I love you more than my own life. Nothing can change that. No matter what you do in life, that will never change. I will always love you, and you are always my son.” He saw in my heart that the pain I went through confessing my sin was equal to the offense, and he did not require usury from me in a spanking. The chastisement my little heart went through was more than enough punishment and did more for me than a whipping could have ever done. From that day on, I never doubted my Dad’s love for me.

Through these experiences God has used in our lives, He then adds the scriptures. When we see the truth in scriptures we are able to look back at the things in life we went through and see the hand of our heavenly Father guiding us all the way. I know that life is not all goose bumps and rose petals, and I can tell a lot of other stories about things my Dad did that were not so good, but that would be enacting usury from him, when I know, now, that he was exactly what God created him to be, when he was needed to be that person at any given time, good or evil. So are you and me. We can remember the offenses against us, hold on to the pain and bitterness, or I can picture my little feet dangling as my Dad held me and told me how he loved me. God is much more to me because He has shown me compassion when I did not have compassion coming. My Dad had one had major rule in our home. “I am your Dad, this is your Mom and you never ever call anyone else Dad or Mom because we are and we expect you to understand that.” So too, it is with God. There is but ONE God and ONE Father, and we are to honor Him and Him alone.

Isa 45:5  I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Isa 45:6  That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
Isa 45:8  Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

“Let the earth open, and let THEM (you and me) bring forth salvation..”. We are that earth. We bring forth salvation from bitterness and from hardness of heart. We are the ones who God will use to hold His children up in the lake of fire as their feet dangle and show them that no matter what they went through, no matter what they did, He was their God, and now they will come to know that truth. As hot and on fire my little heart was, as much as I was on fire within as a child confessing ‘I am the man’, so they will know that truth and then they will feel the enormous arms wrap around them and say, “You are my son, and I am your father.”

Psa 103:8  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
Psa 103:9  He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
Psa 103:10  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Psa 103:11  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
Psa 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Psa 103:13  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
Psa 103:14  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

I cherish the thoughts of my Dad, but those thoughts really are of my Heavenly Father. He was the ONE hugging me. He was the very words coming out of my Dad’s mouth to explain to me then what I know now, that God has been my Father all along. Even in the darkest of hours He had created I go through, it was for me to see that He never left me or forsook me. I know many people never experienced a literal Dad picking them up and saying what my Dad did to me, but it’s not about my Dad. What he did in the natural, I now see in the spiritual. It was God my Father speaking through my Dad. For those who may have never known that literal thing, think on every time someone told you they loved you, every time you saw love in someone’s eyes for you, every time your Mom or siblings or friends patted you on the back, it was God. Every time your child looked at you, your wife, your husband, it was God Who created that very moment for you to now know that it was Him all along.

Every time we feel love, it is God showing us love through His creation. Lynn and I love each other because God has given us that. We did not conjure it up within ourselves. It is a creation of God, and through trial after trial we are learning not to exact usury from each other. God does not ask from us what we cannot give, payment for our debt and is why He paid for our sin in the death of the Love of His life Jesus Christ. He paid for what we could not and now tells us, if we understand that, then how can we not give forgiveness and ask for forgiveness.

Heb 4:14  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

I need this mercy and grace every day, and I know, that through many trials, He will teach me to turn the other cheek and show those who have offended me that I have been slapped many times before. I know the pain of chastisement, and I know the pain of betrayal, but those pains have taught me to see how I have betrayed Christ and was still given forgiveness without usury.

Mat 18:21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Mat 18:22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

“Seventy times seven”; 490 times? No, 7×10=70 which spiritually means Seven – the completion of judgment x 10- the completion of sin x completion of judgment. When forgiveness is given, the completion of sin has been exacted; it is gone. As long as we hold judgment against someone, the completion of their sin is not completed in our eyes. As long as someone is not given to see Christ as Savior, they are still in sin, and their sin is still under judgment. Nevertheless, if we are given to see Christ as Savior and see that when we offer forgiveness, we are Christ, then we see that whatever someone has done has been completed in our eyes. Their sin is gone, never to be remembered or come to our minds. This is 70×7, this is forgiveness.

Isa 65:17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
Isa 65:18  But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
Isa 65:19  And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

The second verse of our study tells us that we can exact usury from a stranger, and that stranger is our flesh. We are to beat our own flesh into subjection to this truth. When someone sins against me, and my flesh does not want to forgive, I exact usury against him by reminding him of what he has been forgiven. This is how we get usury from a stranger, because the stranger is my flesh who will not enter the kingdom of God.

Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

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