Photo: Deep in the mountains of the rainforest of Southern Ecuador the cattle graze in tall grasses.

 

What’s a Shmita?!  This is a short “story” about the Sabbatical Year or Shmita people around the globe are talking about. This piece will help you understand just how this could possibly apply to you! May this challenge and bless your soul…

Quotes From: unitedwithisrael.org/shmita ~ please note Yahstix does not endorse Kabbala, the religion of Judaism, Oral Law, Talmud, or Mishnah.

“The Sabbatical Year (Shmita) in Israel is finally here… But can a modern nation disregard their fields for an entire year? Observing the laws of Shmita is a test of faith and an opportunity to reaffirm one’s commitment to God.”

”Observing the laws of Shmita demonstrates the understanding that nothing truly belongs to us. Even the land that one owns and cultivates belongs to God.”

“It is on loan to us to be used according to His will. All our possessions are His — we are merely the watchmen. You think you have a landlord? There is only one true landlord in this world.
There is a famous story that illustrates this point. The famed sage, Rabbi Yisrael Kagan (1838-1933), known as the Chafetz Chaim (meaning “One who Desires Life”), was once visited by a wealthy admirer. When the visitor entered the rabbi’s tiny home he got the shock of his life: The living room was furnished with nothing but an old table and rickety bench. The kitchen was tiny and primitive. There were no modern amenities at all.
The man turned to the Chafetz Chaim and asked: “How do you live like this? Where are all your possessions?” The Chafetz Chaim asked him: “How did you get here?” “By coach” the visitor replied.
 
The Chafetz Chaim went outside to see the carriage. After examining it, he commented to his guest: “I don’t see a dining room, kitchen or even a bed inside of this thing!” “But Rabbi, I am just traveling through your town. Travelers don’t bring their beds and kitchens with them!”
The Chafetz Chaim answered: “I too am traveling…traveling through this world to the World to Come. This lifetime is temporary. Why should I amass amenities and possessions?”
This is the lesson of shmita: Life is temporary. Life is fragile. We are merely passing through this world, stopping here for 80 or 90 years only to do His will. We need not get carried away with luxuries and superfluous amenities.
Even today, as we read the Torah portion this week, [Behar, meaning “at the mountain” (Leviticus 25:1-26:2)] the laws of shmita are a timeless lesson. The farmer sits back in obedience to God and does not work his land. Just as the farmer understands that the land belongs to God and obeys His command, he also knows that God could provide for him in many other ways.
We, too, should remember: Everything is His, this world is only temporary, and even when things look bleak and scary, God is there to provide.”

 

In Exodus (23:10-11) the Sabbatical Year (Shmita) is established: “And for six years you are to sow your land, and shall gather its increase, but the seventh year you are to let it rest, and shall leave it, and the poor of your people shall eat. And what they leave, the beasts of the field eat. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive yard. “
In Leviticus (25:20-22) Israel is promised an abundant harvest if they obey the scriptures: ‘And since you might say, “What do we eat in the seventh year, since we do not sow nor gather in our crops?” ‘Therefore I have commanded my blessing on you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth the crop for three years. ‘And you shall sow in the eighth year, and eat of the old crop until the ninth year. Eat of the old until its crop comes in.’
Mathew (6:19-21) “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. “For where your treasure is, there your heart shall be also. “
Spelling Variations: Shmittah / Shemitah / Shmita ~ All Scripture from: The Scriptures 1998+ 
~Emphasis Added by Yahstix
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Photo:  Downtown Billings, MT 9/21/14

Here in Montana throughout the streets of Billings there are rabbits and little bunnies hopping across your path as you walk for any distance at all. Paul and I are always reminded of “Rabbit Trail”! It is a good thing to check your life compass periodically and ask yourself, “Am I on the right path?” “Is this the best way I can be using my “breath”. “Have I taken a “Rabbit Trail” in my life”? Sometimes we’re not sure.

My life is a breath. What are you going to do with your breath? This is the time of year to contemplate such matters and take it to our Heavenly Father. He knows! Father knows best! If you don’t know go direct  ~ He has the perfect answer just for you! And if you don’t know the Heavenly Father and have not been made a new creation through faith in His son Jesus Christ, Yehoshua or Yeshua the Messiah, well very simply ask Messiah to make himself real to you because you want to know Him and what to do with “Your Breath” … He Will Respond My Friend!

As for Paul and I, well like the picture above we are headed on a path straight ahead and we are not going to look to the right or the left, our work is in the Mission Field of people, people who need a savior and a hope.

Job 7:7           Remember that my life is a breath! …

Psalm 150:6   Let all that have breath praise Yah. Praise Yah!

 Images captured during my daily walk around downtown, Billings, Montana. This one’s for you Deb!

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Photo:  A Street Market in Ecuador 2014

What an exciting month! This month of Elul, the 6th biblical month, the season of “Teshuvah” meaning to “return to Elohim” is almost drawing to an end. Once we reach the Feast of Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets then we have until Yom Kippur and as “they say” the window of heaven closes on this special time. Traditionally, this is a month to make amends with anyone that may have “aught” against you. So please, if anyone reading this has been hurt in any way from Paul or Barbara Allen’s life, actions or words from our hearts ~ we are sorry and ask for your forgiveness!

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Psa 51:1 Show me favour, O Elohim, According to Your kindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion, Blot out my transgressions.

Psa 51:2 Wash me completely from my guilt, And cleanse me from my sin.

It is also the annual time of the year to truly search our hearts and ask the Ruach haKodesh ~ Holy Spirit to help us in this endeavor. This Feast/Festival season has everything to do with “working out our salvation”. As in the spring before the Spring Feasts we clean house, physically & spiritually, this time before the Fall Feasts is also a time to “clean your spiritual house”. This is a time to trust Abba at a greater level than you did last year. This is a time to let it go!  Let go of “that” issue that you have put off much too long at addressing and get it out of your life! Our amazingly, holy, compassionate, heavenly Father knows this is a life process of cleansing, healing, overcoming and deliverance. He has us rehearsing these “Feast Seasons” every year and every year we have the opportunity to “clean up our act” a little better than we did the previous year!  Stir yourself up in your most holy faith and address “that” whatever it may be, and don’t go another year dealing with it.

I truly believe, and I speak from experience in my life that when we stretch ourselves this month and really, really trust Yahuweh/Yahweh/Yehoweh/Yehovah/YHWH (or whichever preference you have in pronouncing His Name) that it sets in motion our lives in the next year.  This will be about our 16th year celebrating the Feasts and Paul & I have seen so many miraculous changes happen after we have humbled ourselves and really set our hearts to change issues in our lives that were not pleasing to God/Elohim. It is not easy by no stretch of the imagination, however, it is so very much worth it.

I encourage you to cry out to Yah our Heavenly Father and ask him for help. Whatever it is that you need to overcome He is your help in time of need. As it is written, “You can do all things through Messiah who gives you strength”.  It is possible for you to overcome this!  And hey, what if the “windows of heaven” really are opened during this time ….. Who wants to miss out on that!

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