Reading 12.1: Leviticus 25:1-7
READ: Leviticus 25:1-7
The Sabbath Year
It is interesting to think through the references to the land in this passage. Dare we suggest that God is concerned about the land??? God sets out laws for the people to give the land a year of rest. They weren’t to work the land but it was to run free and ‘rest’ for a time. They were of course allowed to live off the produce of that year but they were not to use the produce for personal gain in any way; this particular aspect of the law would have been to hinder them from trying to farm the land for better crops and profit.
Is God concerned with the world He has created?
He once looked at it and said that it was good (Genesis 1). Since creation has been marred by sin ever since the fall of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3) it has also been looking forward to its redemption. “…the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now.” – Romans 8:21-22. God created a world most beautiful; just travel to my birthplace along the Great Ocean Road of southern Australia and you will quickly see the beauty that still exists in God’s creation. Yet, sin has permeated an otherwise perfect world; and one day it will be redeemed along with the final redemption of God’s children.
Yes, God is concerned with His Creation and I think that should imply that we too should share such a concern. Now does that mean we need to become Global Warming advocates? Not necassarily! We should take care of what God has given and entrusted to us whether Global Warming is fact or fiction.
Give nature a rest; treat it right – it should display the glory of God (Psalm 19:1) not the abuse of man!