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I came across a quote from a Christian website,, accessed Nov 4, 2017, teaching about debt and the Christian: “That it is a sin to be in debt. Like mentioned above, it is not God’s best for us, but the Bible does not say that it is a sin.

There are no instances in the Bible where God provides through a loan. He provided for His people in many ways but loans were not one of them. That is something to think about next time you get tempted to reach for the credit card.

I have never heard anyone say that there is no instance in the Bible of Yehovah providing through a loan, so I meditated on that statement as I went to sleep the other night. Within seconds, Ruach Ha’Kodesh reminded me of the story of Elisha and the Widow’s oil in 2 Kings 4:1-7, “Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets came crying to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared Yehovah. Now the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” 2So Elisha said to her, “What can I do for you? Tell me what do you have in the house?” She said, “Your servant has nothing in the house, except a pot of oil.” 3Then Elisha said, “Go out to ask for jars from your neighbors, empty jars. Ask for as many as possible. 4Then you must go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour oil into all those jars; set aside the jars that are full. 5So she left Elisha and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her, and she filled them with oil. 6When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another jar.” But he said to her, “There are no more jars.” Then the oil stopped flowing. 7Then she came and told the man of the Almighty. He said, “Go, sell the oil; pay your debt, and live with your sons on the rest.”

The ask here, Strong’s # 7592, means: Original: שׁאל שׁאל

– Transliteration: Sha’al

– Phonetic: shaw-al’

– Definition:

1. to ask, enquire, borrow, beg

a. (Qal)

1. to ask, ask for

2. to ask (as a favour), borrow

3. to enquire, enquire of

4. to enquire of, consult (of deity, oracle)

5. to seek

So, we see that this word sha’al means to ask, inquire, request, borrow, seek. It is used many times for believers to seek Yehovah. He wants us to ask Him, not the devil, or try to ask of dead people, or spirits. It does not mean to borrow with the intent to return. It means to ask for, request something. Think of the children of Israel at the Exodus, they borrowed from their Egyptian neighbors, thus plundering them. They had no intention of giving the stuff back later. This word just means to ask or request, not really borrow as we understand the word borrow to mean, with the intent to return to the owner later. The Hebrew wording of this passage seems to indicate that the widow’s sons were to ask for empty jars that were not being used by their neighbors any longer, maybe old jars lying around in storage, no longer useful to the owner of the jar.

The widow inquired of the prophet of Yehovah. She followed his instructions and was blessed to be able to pay off her debt. Elisha never condemned her for being in debt.

Yehovah knows his children will get into debt. It’s not ideal, it’s not a sin either. That’s why he made a way out every seven years, in the year of the Shemitah. Cancellation of all debts. It was a national law for Israel. Unfortunately, we greedy Americans have never implemented this great law in America, to our shame and detriment. Someone needs to ask VP Pence for this law, demand this law, to be added to our national commerce laws.

We are not to loan to fellow believers and charge them interest. We also are not to take out loans, if at all possible. Luke 6:35, “But love your enemies and do good to them. Lend expecting nothing in return and your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind toward unthankful and evil people.” Yeshua means for us to give to everyone, expecting not to get paid back. That’s a kingdom loan. A gift.