The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying:
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. 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. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you: you shall not sow, or reap the aftergrowth, or harvest the unpruned vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you: you shall eat only what the field itself produces. In this year of jubilee you shall return, every one of you, to your property.
When you make a sale to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not cheat one another. When you buy from your neighbor, you shall pay only for the number of years since the jubilee; the seller shall charge you only for the remaining crop years. If the years are more, you shall increase the price, and if the years are fewer, you shall diminish the price; for it is a certain number of harvests that are being sold to you.
You shall not cheat one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the Lord your God.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Have you ever thought about what God meant by the year of jubilee when he spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai? My belief is God was establishing a Blueprint for a Better World. God knew the importance that land would have upon the people once they established a new society, and the possibility that wealth, opportunity and resources that were connected to landholding would tend to be concentrated in the hands of a few. Within the “year of jubilee,” God decreed all debts would be paid in the seventh year, meaning land would revert to its allotted family; freedom for slaves; and so on.
Are we promoting this type of social equity, by implementing this Blueprint today, especially the words, “you shall not oppress one another?”
—Dr. Phyllis Graham-Dickerson is a professor and assistant dean at Regis University, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, Loretto Heights School of Nursing for seven years, with a tenure of 17 years on the nursing faculty.
Lord, help us to implement Your Blueprint for a Better World. Amen.
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