Saturday, May 14, 2011

Deuteronomy 15 - The Sabbatical Year

LINK: Deuteronomy 15


BACKGROUND


The sabbatical year has already been discussed in Exodus 23 and Leviticus 25, but this passage adds the cancellation of debts to Hebrew kinsman during the seventh year. It also encouraged helping the poor and the stipulation that the slaves of kinsman be set free. 


The chapter concludes by discussing the setting apart of all firstborn animals. Every year, during one of the annual feasts, the perfect, young, firstborn animals were to be sacrificed at the central sanctuary and eaten in a communal meal with the family. 


APPLICATION


Do you have a plan for helping the poor? It is always a great thing to think about in your regular giving. 


PRAYER


Show us the needy people around us and help us to give according to Your will. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen. 
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