Work, money, and commerce

Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken. Micah 4:4 — New International Version

There are markets. There is private property: a person can say “this is my home” or “this is my farm and the fig tree I planted is mine.” Capital can accumulate in small ways so innovation and hard work are rewarded, but there are no accumulations of significant wealth as this would be considered foolish as well as a sin (see the parable of the rich man and the barns). All debts are forgiven during Jubilee years, and interest is never made on loans.

There are hardware stores, feed stores, stables, a lumber mill/yard, carpenter shops, potters… all the physical needs. There is no bank.

Bios are paid wages for work, but all are paid the same regardless of what they do (see the parable of the workers in the vineyard). Should someone need something, they need only ask: “I need a shovel, and they are eight coins. I have only three.” The response could be “take it for three and pay the rest later” or “take it for three” or “take it, it’s yours.” The response would not be “come back when you have all eight.” That would not be neighborly.

Zoës are mostly pastor/teachers. Zoës do not receive pay.

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