Look now at the AD 30 incident reported in bold above. It’s from the first-century biography of Jesus written by Luke, a physician. A miffed man in the crowd asks Jesus to instruct his brother to divide an inheritance with him. Jesus then warns the whole crowd about covetousness. It could well be that the miffed man was “right”. That is not the point. The point has to do with everyone in the crowd – are any of you covetous? If so, “take care and be on your guard”.
Why? Well, one reason could be the thought behind an ancient statement of Isaiah around BC 700. He lived in Jerusalem and one small part of his message to the LORD’s people Israel was this – “Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is no more room, and you are forced to dwell alone in the midst of the land.”
Some may argue that, when I “have more wealth” it doesn't mean that others have less. The Oxfam report explains – “In the 5 years since 2010 the wealth of the 62 individuals has risen by 45% …. Meanwhile, the wealth of the bottom half fell by … 38%.” The reason? Basically, the wealthy know how to arrange their affairs…. Their governments and politicians are also keen to raise the total GVA (Gross Value Added) of their country, not of the external poor.
Was the Lord Jesus Christ correct in his parallel? ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’
With this strategy, it becomes necessary that Europe (and Jersey?) seals its borders against economic migrants. Against the “bottom half” 3,600,000,000?
If we go back a few centuries before Isaiah to around 1350 BC, we find that the LORD God – the Father to whom Christians pray – made a rule for his people (which they did not adhere to for very long). The LORD prescribed that every 50 years there would be a Jubilee Year. In that year two things would take place; first, all land (theirs was primarily an agricultural society) would revert to the descendants of the original owning family; second, all debts would be cancelled. Every 50 years all individuals made a fresh start.
Jersey is engaged in holding in trust for future generations, the present (and increasing) wealth of individuals resident all over the world. Not even death can halt the accumulation of wealth. Jersey’s Trusts Law now states, “No rule against perpetuities or excessive accumulations shall apply to a trust..”