The Year of Jubilee

15 Apr

This morning passage is an interesting one and not often talked about.  The Day of Atonement is always celebrated within the Jewish community, yet most Biblical scholars agree that the year of Jubilee was never celebrated.  In our world it would be difficult to imagine how the year of jubilee would work.  However, in the culture of the people of Israel where land and crops where the only means of survival it is an amazing idea.  In each generation those who had “over accumulated” would redistribute the resources of the land to those who had fallen on hard times.

So, imagine this story.  A father is ill and has to sell of his land and maybe even his family to survive when he can not longer work and provide for his family.  But, when the year of jubilee comes, his family is released from their indenture and receives back the land.  The family has another chance to live well.  As you can so imagine those who had the wealth and power never allowed the year of Jubilee to occur

Wednesday,  The generosity of simplicity           Leviticus 25:8-12

You shall count off seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the period of seven weeks of years gives forty-nine years. Then you shall have the trumpet sounded loud; on the tenth day of the seventh month—on the day of atonement—you shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land. 10 And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return, every one of you, to your property and every one of you to your family

11 That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you: you shall not sow, or reap the after growth, or harvest the unprune vines. 12 For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you: you shall eat only what the field itself produces.

So, we live in a time where the divide between rich and poor grows continually.  The quote that goes through my mind often is; “the rich need to live simply, so the the poor can simply live.”  Why do we continue to believe that we do not actually share this planet.  That what we do here does not and should not impact what happens in other places.  Of course, now with the drought on the west coast it is coming closer to home.

I pray you have time to consider what you accumulated and how we can walk lightly on our shared planet.  Peace

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