Exodus 23:10-12 (NKJV) “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave, the beasts of the field may eat. In like manner you shall do with your vineyard and your olive grove. Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed.

When Israel enters into the promise land, God will remind them of this law. Both the Sabbath Day and the Sabbatic Year, and the year of Jubilee are given in the Book of Leviticus. In short, the Sabbath Day was the seventh day of the week and was a day of rest. The Sabbatic Year occurred every seventh year and was a year of rest for the land from all cultivation. The year of Jubilee or the year of liberty occurred on the fiftieth year after seven sets of Sabbatic Years. The year of Jubilee was a time of celebration and rejoicing for Israel. Slaves would be set free, debts would be forgiven, lands that had to be sold because of hardship would be given back to the original owners. And the mercies of God would be demonstrated by God’s people. In all of these Sabbaths and Jubilee, we see that God is merciful and just, in spite of the false charges made against God by unbelieving critics of God. God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. God always acts in accordance to what is right, true and good. Goodness, holiness and righteousness are part of God’s nature. God is the standard for good, because there is no evil in Him. There is nothing unpleasant or dark in Him. “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations” (Psalm 119:68 NKJV). God is good and therefore what He creates is good. Meaning God did not create evil. Evil is the absence of goodness, meaning to say it is the absence of God for God is good. And because God is good, He hates sin and He will judge all who are in sin someday. The goodness of God should lead us to repentance and thankfulness. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV). This is how ultimately God’s goodness is seen, in His plan of salvation in which we can be forgiven of our sins. God will judge sin one day. And “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 NKJV). “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4 NKJV). My friend, God is good and He invites us to seek Him and to “taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8 NKJV).

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.