Chapter 57 - Moses Was a Money Reformer

Moses (c. 1200BC)

Moses prohibited usury.

The Law of Moses strictly prohibited usury.

Prophets Moses, Joshua and Jesus each forbade usury.

Moses gave the people the rudiments of law and a new sense of justice.

Moses  "If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury." [Exodus 22:25.]

Moses  "Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase." [Lev. 25:37]

Moses  "Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury." [Deuteronomy 23:19]

Moses  "He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved." [PS 15:5]

Moses was born a Hebrew slave and became the famous leader of the Old Testament. He was respected by the Hebrews, Christians and Muslims. Moses was born at the time of a tyrant pharaoh. This is how the pharaoh is described in the Qur'an: "Pharaoh exalted himself in the earth and made his people castes. A tribe among them he oppressed, killing their sons and sparing their women. He was one of those who work corruption." [Al-Qur'an 28:4]

For a long time, the Hebrews lived a satisfactory life in Egypt and got on well with the rulers. The Hebrews gradually lost their freedoms and independence and came under the servitude of the Egyptians. Towards the end, their Egyptian masters would enter their homes and take their baby boys out and drown them like worthless puppies. [570]

His mother, Miryam, fearing for the life of her son, put the young Moses into a basket and let him drift on the river. He was found by a member of pharaoh's family. He was adopted by an Egyptian princess and raised as a prince of Egypt. Moses was exiled after killing an Egyptian who beat a Hebrew slave. He joined the tribe of Midian in the Sinai desert. Moses married, started a family, and became a shepherd. He had changed from a prince to a shepherd. Moses unusual upbringing as a prince and a shepherd enabled him to become a formidable antagonist. He ultimately brought down the whole power structure of the Pharaoh.

Moses created his "Ten Commandments" which were probably based on "The Code of Hammurabi". One can see that Moses was also a money reformer by his strong condemnation of Usury. There are numerous quotes about Usury in the accounts of the scribes that wrote of his words. The action of Moses in banning usury made his nation the wealthiest in the ancient world. However, Moses didn't completely ban usury. He allowed usury to be used as a weapon against enemies of his peoples. Moses said to his people:

Moses  "Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury. Unto a stranger (Nokriy) 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" [Deuteronomy 23:19-20]

This statement by Moses indicates that he was well aware of the total economic destruction that can be caused by charging interest on something in limited supply. There is also a dark side to what he said. He intended this as economic warfare against an enemy. Moses was clearly a money reformer. He was a money reformer that made his nation affluent but brought other nations to destitution.

There were some local nations that hindered the movement of the Hebrews to what they believed to be their promised land. One of their leaders, called Joshua, took it upon himself to destroy these nations claiming guidance from God. Joshua used the economic warfare tactic permitted by Moses. This was the practice of usury. The war went on for many centuries until they were finally destroyed in the time of King David at about 1000BC. Usury turned out to be a very effective form of economic warfare which worked by destroying the economy and impoverishing the populace which of course prevented them from waging war against the Israelites.

It would appear that usury was used as a means of keeping the Canaanites financially subservient until they had been conquered which led to a subsequent genocide. So it might be seen that Moses had advocated the use of usury with its characteristic of unpayable debt and consequent disposition of the victims as a method of control of nations considered to be enemies. The suggestion here is that usury has the ability to consolidate the wealth and power in favour of the usurer thus enslaving the enemy. The process led to the genocide of the Canaanites. So from the Hebrews having genocide committed against their newly born children, the Hebrews moved onto practicing genocide against the Canaanites. Nations with geographic borders were a later invention and 'foreigner' refers to people of different ethnicity or religion or identity. As happens today, one group grows to consider themselves superior to other groups, which then gives them the right to mistreat or kill other groups. This can be helped along by religious texts and reinforced by local leaders. All religions and ethnic groups needed to prepare to protect themselves from other groups of foreigners. It just depends on whether the local leaders invoke the clauses in the religious texts.

The Hebrews were aware that usury consolidated wealth and impoverished the victims of usury. If we translate this into the modern era we can assume that if someone argues that Moses said usury was permitted against your enemy, then those nations and people of the world today that are suffering under usury can be considered to be enemies of the modern day usurers. Thus, it is not unreasonable to consider anyone that owns or runs a bank or supports usury is the enemy of those that are suffering under usury.

Moses  "For the Lord thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee." [Deuteronomy 23:19]

In the words of the blogger Dennis 2013:

Usury consolidates wealth and power. It enslaves, so only use it against your enemies.

Which begs the questions:

Are we, the people, the enemies of the bankers and those supporting Usury?

Is the international banking system designed to rule nations as proposed by Moses?

If this is so, then our government, the media, the banking system and any group or religion that supports it, are our enemies. And who then are the foot soldiers of the usurers?

You don't hear this much in the West except by the occasional radical but travelling through Muslim countries and ex-communist countries and other non-Western countries, you will get a different answer to some of your probing questions about world control. Traveling through foreign lands, start an interesting conversation with this question:

"Who controls the World?"

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[570] Usury, A Scriptural, Ethical and Economic View by Calvin Elliott 1902