ChZL inculcated in Jewish practice the preparation for the kingdom come, olam haboh, by training the diasporic Jewish people in the practices of the miqdash: zekher lemiqdash -- washing hands for bread, salting the bread, etc. They did not however do the same with the relationship of sheviit/shemitta to miqdash. They did not inculcate the practices of stewardship into the diasporic Jewish people.
In general, the practices of stewardship are a modification of the practices of power. Because ChZL were averse to displaying the signs and portents of power, being themselves, as they were, under the heel of foreign powers, they eschewed the teachings of power and thus lost the central teachings of the Bible -- the tempering of power under the duties of stewardship.
For ChZL stewardship became an exercise in petrification and ossification, and in the passive waiting for the arrival of power and the miraculous awakening of the skills to wield that power under the magical workings of the new Messianic order. Stewardship became something once-removed. Stewardship was no longer to be exercised with respect to the creatures of God but merely with respect to the instructions of God.
07 April 2009
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