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Dig Deeper

Year of  Jubilee

 

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Trust His Care



The Hebrew farmer learned to trust God in a very real way when he would skip planting a crop.  We do not skip planting a crop, but God still wants you to trust Him.


Look at Matthew 6:25-34, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”


You are not an Old Testament Jewish farmer being asked to skip planting your crop on the Sabbath Year or the Year of Jubilee.  But you could start small by taking a Sabbath Day rest.  Our society would have us think that we should be going 24/7, but our God says you can go 24/6 but then take a day off of your work and trust God for your financial needs.  Take a day and look at the birds of the air and consider the God who cares for them.  He cares for you, too!

 

JERUSALEM JOURNAL

As Farmers and Fields Rest, a Land Grows Restless

Check out the article in the New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/08/world/middleeast/08shmita.html

In the context of the freedom gained in Jubilee:


Because of the blood of Christ, we are bought and made free from the punishment of sin.

- Ephesians 1:7


The only freedom that man ever has is when he becomes a slave to Jesus Christ.

- R.C. Sproul

Dave Lyman

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