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Good Morning.

And the sabbath produce of the land shall be food for you: for you, your male and female servants, your hired man, and the stranger who dwells with you, for your livestock and the beasts that are in your land—all its produce shall be for food. (Leviticus 25:6-7)

Once again we see, by virtue of this command, that the land was God’s to do with as He saw fit. Primarily the land was for the benefit of His people who had been given an inheritance. They were to live on it, work it and be sustained by it, however, they were not the exclusive beneficiaries. The soil they were blessed with was devoted to God and, therefore, also placed in service to the poor and the animals in creation. This point is addressed in other passages of Scripture as well:

“Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave, the beasts of the field may eat. In like manner you shall do with your vineyard and your olive grove.” (Exodus 23:10-11)

When all did as they were instructed, many would benefit. This is a very important concept that we must take to heart regardless of the topic being addressed. In other words, in everything we do, we must do our part as God has commanded. His ways are perfect and His thoughts are far above ours which means that He is infinitely smarter than we are. So then, if we follow His Word and walk in obedience, not only will we benefit, but others will be positively impacted as well. To accentuate the point, consider how everyone who has ever lived since the flood of Noah owes a debt of gratitude to the man; because he obeyed, countless millions have lived.

In this line of thinking, we must take our role in the Kingdom seriously. We can’t control what others do but we can influence them in such a way that our Father’s will and goodness is demonstrated to them. So then, let’s take to heart the words of the Messiah:

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Blessings and Shalom,  




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