“In this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his property. And if you make a sale to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another. You shall pay your neighbor according to the number of years after the jubilee, and he shall sell to you according to the number of years for crops. If the years are many, you shall increase the price, and if the years are few, you shall reduce the price, for it is the number of the crops that he is selling to you. You shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God, for I am the LORD your God.
by: Jennifer Lewis Berg.
God had not ever cheated His chosen people. He had been honest and wanted the best for them. Since God never took advantage of His people, He asked the same of them towards each other—telling them to use seven-year benchmarks as markers of fairness. The point was not legalism and adherence to a strict code. It was tempting for the “haves” to take advantage of the “have nots.” But if you put it in God’s perspective, He was asking His people to take a break and put fairness at the top of the list. Do not take advantage and remember who is really in charge.