Section 5: Yehuveh’s Time System, Article 12

Sabbatical and Jubilee Years

“Six years thou shalt sow thy field,
and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard,
and gather in the fruit thereof;
but in the seventh year shall be
a sabbath of rest unto the land,
a sabbath for
thou shalt neither sow thy field,
nor prune thy vineyard.”
Leviticus 25:3-4.

trawberries. U-Pick!” I saw the sign every time I returned home and it always “called” to me. In childhood in another state we had picked rows of strawberries every spring and returned home to help Mom wash them, remove their stems and leaves, and package them for freezing. Being long
before the days of home freezers, once the berries were all in neatly labeled plastic bags, we would drive the four miles into town and wait in the entry while Mom placed our precious harvest in the rented locker at the local cold storage freezer. They would provide us with delicious toppings for waffles and pancakes throughout the coming fall and winter. It was great to flash back to these memories every time we came past this sign. Yet the call was stronger than reflecting on the past. It would be great to go pick some fresh berries for us for right now!
        Finally the nudge became a push and I gave in. “I think I’ll go pick fresh strawberries early tomorrow morning,” I announced to my family. “I’ll leave breakfast in the refrigerator and be home before mid-morning.” The children were five and three and I knew I’d spend more time working with them than picking if either of them came along. Besides, going alone permitted me time to think of Mom and the many hours we had spent together in a similar berry patch.
        The lady who met me at the fruit stand by the entrance introduced herself as Patsy. She was friendly and efficient; I liked her instantly. She handed me two flat carriers with eight berry baskets arranged in each and pointed me toward rows midway down the field. “See the stakes at the end of the rows. When you reach two rows you want to pick, remove the stakes and lay them like an ‘X’ at the end of the aisle between the rows, then work both rows as you go. When you have picked as much as you want, return for the stakes and put them in the two rows where you stop picking; my hired pickers will come later in the morning and finish out your rows. If you need more berries than those two rows, start on the next two where there are still stakes at the end. When you fill a carrier, leave it sitting in the row where you stop to serve as your marker and come get another from here. There’re plenty ready to go.” She motioned toward long tables beside the fruit stand stacked high with carriers. “Any questions?” I shook my head. 
        “Enjoy your picking. This is the perfect time of morning to be out here!”
        I took a deep breath of the fresh morning air and just smiled. “It sure is. Thank you so much.” Taking the two carriers I went to find my rows.
        As much as I would have loved to stay all morning, a couple of hours later I stopped picking and staked my rows, then went to gather my carriers and settle up.
        “How was your picking?” Patsy asked as I set my carriers on the table beside the cash register.

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:    
16 December 2009
Latest Update:          
16 December 2009

Complete Study Guide to Article 12        What are “Statutes Forever”?        

Expanding Yehuveh’s Time System        Cycles of Seven Years       
Review of Yehuveh’s Entire Law        Release from Service in the Seventh Year       
Did Yehuveh’s People Work During Sabbatical Years?        Keeping Sabbaticals in Ancient Times  
Modern Regard for the Sabbatical Years        Cycles of Fifty Years: The Jubilee Cycles       
Practical Laws of the Jubilee Years        Are Jubilees Global? Do Scriptures Date Them?       
What are We to Do With this Knowledge?       

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