This week we focus on another lesser-known example of stewardship in the Bible that parallels our main message series, Bible Oddities. We find another great steward in Moses. In Exodus, he led the Israelites out of Egypt, after crossing the Red Sea on dry land, while the Pharaoh’s army was drowned. Three months later they arrived at Mount Sinai, and Moses, Aaron, and other Jewish leaders made many trips up the mountain and back, receiving laws and guidance from the Lord.
The Book of Leviticus consists mostly of laws to teach the people how to keep themselves pure and holy in the eyes of God. In Leviticus 25:1-7, the Lord tells Moses to let the people farm the land for six years, but stop tilling and farming it in the seventh year. This directly relates to our working six days a week and resting on the Sabbath, but on a much greater scale. The bottom line is, based on God’s advice, Moses lets the land have a break to conserve it for the future. What does this have to do with stewardship?
We see that God owns the earth, oversees the growth of all produce and living things, and knows how to manage the land, whether by letting it lie fallow or by rotating crops, so its fruitfulness is renewed. We should too. As stewards, we are reminded that, since everything belongs to God, he makes his desires for his creation known (Luke 12: 34, 37, & 42-44).
This means that conservation efforts to preserve the earth and our natural resources are a part of stewardship. We should always try to find ways, no matter how simple or complex, to care for our environment, because God gave us (that is, humankind) dominion (or responsibility) over everything in his place.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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