"When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit
tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it
forbidden; it must not be eaten. In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy,
an offering of praise to the Lord. But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit.
In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus
This was one of the laws that were given by God to the Israelites to obey in the Old Testament. Imagine planting a fruit tree and then waiting for 5 years to eat its fruit. That would surely test our patience. The first three years the fruit was to be considered forbidden. Then in the fourth year the fruit became holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. Finally the fruit was ready to be eaten in the fifth year. A tedious process, but one that God planned for blessing them. For he said, “In this way your harvest will be increased.” He would be checking their obedience.
We read in the book of Proverbs:
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first
fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and
your vats will brim over with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9, 10)
If believers today were called to obey the laws given to Moses and the Israelites, there would be few to run the race. Thanks be to Jesus that he came and fulfilled the law for us, setting us free and giving us freedom. But should we use this freedom to sin? No, never. Instead we should be always grateful and thankful to God that he has set us apart for himself, paying a heavy price wherein his only begotten son had to cry out to his father, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.”
The Bible says, “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”(Galatians 5:13)
It also says, “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”(1 Corinthians 6:20)
May the Holy Spirit help us all to be obedient and faithful to God and his Word.
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