My kids never know what to get me for my birthday because I don’t need anything; I’m very well provided for. Plus, I would prefer they keep their money. However, they always get me something, so I may as well tell them what I want. I love gardening, and fruit trees are my favorites, so I sent them pictures of a few unusual trees and where they could find them. Today, I’m tasked with finding a good place to plant them where they can grow and thrive. One thing I didn’t know about fruit trees is that according to what God told Israel when they plant trees in the promised land, they shouldn’t eat the fruit until the fifth year. The tree should be established and healthy first. I have trees with fruit that I should have picked off to give the tree a chance to grow. The fruit belongs to the Lord in the fourth year, and then you can eat it in the fifth year! It seems like a long time; however, being a priest of the Lord, sanctified by Jesus, I think we can eat it in the fourth year! You live, and you learn.
And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of. Leviticus 19:23
A promise comes with obedience and a curse for disobedience. Because of Jesus, we are under the promise of the New Covenant; our crops should meet one another, from the growing of grain to the production of fruit. It seems we should always have fresh food on our table. Thank goodness! I love to eat!
your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. Leviticus 26:5