Verse 14 Double for Sins.
In the East, a person going bankrupt goes to the court and files a list of his creditors and how much
he owes to each one. Then the court declares him bankrupt. In America, only three are involved in such
a situation: the creditor, the judge, and the person going bankrupt. In the East, all the country knows
when a person goes bankrupt. The elders at the gate hang the list of his creditors at the gate. Then
everyone knows that he is a dishonorable man. Much talk is against him and his family. Hard for his
children to marry. This disgrace is not lifted until he pays "dollar for dollar." Legally he is okay if he
pays something like 25¢ to the dollar, but he is not morally okay. His payments are recorded at the gate.
Someone could pay off his debt for him—it's as good as his own payment. This benefactor pays the
court, receives the receipt, and hands it to the elders of the gate. They read it, fold the list and glue it
together and then all that was against the man is closed in. No more condemnation. Write his name on
the outside and tack the list back up on the wall. That is being doubled.
There is now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Christ blotted out the
handwriting of ordinances that was against us (Colossians 2:14). New creation in Christ.
Christ paid it all for us. He who was rich became poor that we through his poverty might become
rich (II Corinthians 8:9). He was not poor economically—he wore a seamless robe, his mother owned
property, every home in Palestine was open to him. He had riches in glory. "Poor" means humble.
Through his humility we inherited his riches in glory.
Matthew 8:20 (not stated)—A male and a female fox together build a hole for a home. Mated birds
build nests together. A man who would say that he had nowhere to lay his head, simply said that he was
unmarried and had no home in that sense. Jesus' parents' and sisters' homes were always open to him. He
was not poverty stricken. Any holy man of any religion in the East is respected and all homes are open to him.
(Isaiah 40:1,2). Received double for all her sins.
We understand double as twice as much. Double here is not twice as much. In the East, they check
each other's children. Example: Man becomes bankrupt in East and the whole city knows. They hang a
list of creditors they got from the creditors; it goes to the elders and they publish it at the gate. Everybody
reads it—everyone looks down on you. This makes other people afraid to do this. If a man steals, they
cut his hand off.
If they go bankrupt, they must pay dollar for dollar.
Legality is no criteria for deciding a man's character. Can be legally right and morally wrong.
Example: if a man pays $.25 on every dollar. A benefactor of the family will come and pay the balance
to the elders of the gate.
Therefore, the man has been redeemed from his debts. As the elders receive payment by the
benefactor, the debt is folded inside of the paper and doubled. This closes all that was against him.
Verse 3 "Hid with Christ in God." There is a game played by Eastern children. Put a piece of money in
your palm and close it up; now money is hid in the palm. Then any body can come and try to separate the
fingers and if he does so, the money he finds is his.
"Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand"—John 10:28.
See also: Psalm 129:3
Verse 6 See Ephesians 6:2.
See II Chronicles 13:15.
"Seasoned with salt." We are thieves and liars before God if we say something and do not do it. The
man in the street is crooked to his fellowman. The thief robs a bank. The liar inside the church lies to God.
See Mark 9:50