Where's Your Corner?
And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.
This is known as one of the sundry laws, various laws given by God as instructions to live by. This was a unique system in which the poor could earn a living by gleaning the fields. In an agricultural society, this provided enough for people to get by.
A farmer was not to strip every last bit of grain from the field if the head of grain fell to the ground it was to be left for the poor to come and pick up. Neither were they to harvest the corners of the field.
But what are the corners? Some of my family members own olive orchards, my mother’s orchard is pretty much a rectangle with four corners, but my brother in law has his orchard situated so that it has eight corners.
How big is the corner? Is the corner just one tree, or is it one side of the tree? I searched the scriptures, searched online and could not find any real answers to this, reached out to a Rabbi as well still no answer.
I prayed about this looking for an answer for a couple of weeks. This is what I came up with: The corner is the offering and the offering is subjective to one’s own heart.
Last night while driving, I came up to a red light, while waiting I was approached by a young lady holding a sign asking for help. Initially, I shook my head ‘no’ then the Holy Spirit said, “You know I would give it back to you.”
I honked my horn and the lady turned around and came back I gave her five dollars, she said: “God Bless You” and I said the same. Less than two minutes later Judy texted me a picture of bottled water on sale and it was $5.00 off the normal price, she was so happy to get this bargain.
Then I realized sometimes the corner is someone standing on the corner holding a street sign asking for help. God asked us to help the poor He never said for us to judge them.
After all, He’s the reason you’re blessed.
He is: Jehovah Jireh
God My Provider