oops-we disobeyed god-then the land shall keep a sabbath
to the LORD” (Leviticus 25:2; see Exodus 23:10-11
NO MORE FRACKING.
we need another solution for
natural gas, sir.
if i may advise, please listen to zach poonen between your
meetings. thank you young-sir president 2008 – 2016 president of these un-united states of america. we have 2 unite. rid evil.
more change comin. thank u 4your efforts. keep playing ball.
p.s. i played high school point guard. retired now.
Zac Poonen: A Life of Rest in God – 1. The Meaning Of
my note-ac. anyway. we r going 2 fast sir.
How Do the Land Sabbath and Jubilee Years Work
The Bible and the Environment
Examining God’s Judgments
Why Count Fifty Days?
God says, “When you come into the land which I give
you, then the land shall keep a sabbath to the LORD”
(Leviticus 25:2; see Exodus 23:10-11). Following
verses explain that each seventh year was to be a
land Sabbath, during which no crops were to be sown
or harvested. If any produce grew by itself, it could
be used for daily food by the farmer and the poor of
the land (verse 6). Debts incurred by the poor during
the previous six years that had come due were to be
canceled at the end of the seventh year (Deuteronomy
After seven cycles of sabbatical years, a total of 49
years, the fiftieth year was proclaimed a jubilee
(Leviticus 25:8-12). Again, the land was to rest from
cultivation (verse 11), and all families that had
become poor and had mortgaged their land could return
to their possession (verse 13).
These were major economic laws given by God, designed
to prevent undue wealth acquired through acquisition
of farm land from accumulating in the hands of the
rich while the poor become further impoverished. God
repeatedly emphasizes that people are not to oppress
one another (Leviticus 25:14, 17). Deuteronomy 15
says that following these economic laws would bring
God’s blessing (verses 4, 6, 10). God wants people to
learn to be generous and compassionate—to have a
“give” attitude rather than one of “get.”
Today’s world, however, is characterized by
materialism and greed. Farmers driven by economics
try to milk the last bit of production from their
tired soil and livestock. Economies collapse in
wrenching depressions—or major recessions—and great
hardship affects the world’s economy approximately
every fifty years. People practice selfishness and
oppression of others.
God’s land Sabbath and jubilee are intended to
prevent this hardhearted attitude and the economic
curses that naturally result. Man is to forego his
crop willingly in the sabbatical year and the jubilee
by letting the land rest. He is to acknowledge God as
the true Owner of the land and be thankful for His
generosity. In addition, he is to share the good
things of the earth with others who are less
fortunate. The rest from tilling the land provides
opportunities for education, travel, community
service, and spiritual reflection.
God promises to perform a miracle by granting
abundant crops in the sixth year of the cycle so that
the bounty would suffice until a new crop could be
harvested two or three years later (Leviticus 25:20-
22). This would be a continuing witness of God’s
power as Provider, just as the manna in the
wilderness had been.
The question naturally arises, then, how can a
Christian apply these laws of God now? Obviously, an
individual cannot observe all the details of these
laws, since that would require national legislation.
An individual cannot have his own debts released, and
there is no divinely appointed inheritance for each
family today. But these laws are all for man’s good,
so we ought to observe them to the extent that this
can be done in the present system. Even where a law
cannot be practiced in the letter, it should be kept
in the spirit.
We must not oppress anyone in our dealings, and we
must strive to be generous, kindhearted, patient, and
forgiving. A farmer who owes money to banks probably
cannot let all his land rest every seven years, since
he owes mortgage and other loan payments that must be
made each year. In such a case, it is suggested that
the land be rested in rotation so that each field
receives its rest sometime during a seven-year
period. If one is able to rest the whole farm at
once, so much the better. He can reckon his seventh
year from the time of his baptism or from the time
that the knowledge comes to him regarding the land
rest. (Observant Jews in the state of Israel count
their sabbatical years in the sequence 1993-1994,
2000-2001, 2007-2008, and so on.)
God wants us to take care of the soil and to
recognize that we are merely tenants on His land,
responsible for maintaining its fertility. Virtually
all agricultural colleges know the benefits of crop
rotations and of “resting” land by putting it in
pasture or cover crops periodically. Good soil
conservation measures should also be practiced.
God is concerned with how we use the resources He
allows us to manage. He is judging each of us by how
we deal with and treat our fellowman (I Peter 4).
Thus, His laws and instructions are not archaic or
quaint customs but living laws to be observed by