Leviticus 25

Leviticus 25 contains instructions for a Sabbath year, one in every seven, and a jubilee year which was to happen every fifty years.  This was to align with God’s economy and design.  It also was a key practice to care for the soil and be sure the land would be able to continue to be useful each year.  Agronomically, it is a very sound practice.  In today’s world, science has reduced the need for a seven year fallow through fertilizer and other agronomic practices.  But at this time, allowing the land to rest was vital to a strong future.

For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits, but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the Lord”.  God is clear that you farm and grow crops for six years, then you allow the land to rest for a year.  It aligns with God’s design for the Sabbath where we are to rest one day each week, but in this case, it was to give the land a chance to rejuvenate and become prepared to grow a crop again.  It required some planning since you had to save up enough food to survive not just one year, but now almost two until the next crop was harvested in year 8.

But God goes further and proclaims “The Year of Jubilee” which meant “you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan”.  This year of celebration was important to protect the destitute in the land.  God instructs everyone to return to their land and they were able to redeem it, or get it back.  It was a way for a farmer to regain their land in the event that their harvest hadn’t been sufficient to cover their costs, and they had fallen into debt.  It wasn’t just a financial thing though.  God says “It shall be holy to you”.

The reality is that God expects us to get along with one another.  His instruction is that we treat each other fairly, whether we are land owner or producer on the land.  “If the years are many, you shall increase the price, and if the years are few, you shall reduce the price….You shall not wrong one another”.  Bottom line is that God expects us to live together harmoniously and fairly.  If times are good, we share.  If times are bad, well we share in that too.  God’s law here was designed to “allow a redemption of the land” and return it to the family that had owned it.  His plan is not to allow debt to take control.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by charlie on September 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    tHanks. God bless you. May there be much of His blessing on your ministry.


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