1. Observations: Today I’m not writing about any particular lesson applications. I picked up some interesting observations and I’m just going to share them. In Leviticus 25 Moses wass giving the law pertaining to the properties they owned, the fields they harvested and the debts they owed. Every seven years the debts were cleared, and every seven years they were commanded not to plant anything and let the land rest a year. They were supposed to live on the extra that was provided in excess in the previous year. They were supposed to let the ground produce naturally whatever it produced but they were not allowed to harvest it. They were supposed to leave it for the poor and the foreigner. This seven year pattern follows the seven day pattern of the sabbath day of rest even to the excess that was provided on the 6th day. I find it interesting how many things we unknowingly follow in our modern day culture that came from this. For example, bankruptcies follow the seven year pattern of restoring credit, we are required to save only the last seven years of files and some companies provide sabbatical leave time which is earned every seven years of employment.
  2. In Acts 26 I noticed that Paul had to go through another hearing with King Agrippa because he appealed to Caesar. Festus had heard his story and acknowledged he hadn’t done anything worthy of death, but wanted to do the Jews a favor by sending him back to Jerusalem for a trial that was a ploy to kill him on the way. After King Agrippa heard his case he too agreed that Paul had done no wrong, and ended the trial by telling him he could have been set free before reaching him but since he appealed to Caesar the case had to be heard. Paul was found innocent by every Roman leader who heard his case, but he was not set free because each of them had a working relationship with the Jews and wanted to do special favors for them.

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