The Uniform Series text for Sunday, May 20 is Leviticus 25:1-12, a portion of the commandments concerning the Sabbatical and Jubilee years. Here are some questions we might want to consider in class:
The assumption enshrined in the commands for the Sabbatical and Jubilee years is that God is the ultimate owner of the land. How does this outlook differ from our own understanding of reality? What consequences might this difference have? Why?
One provision of the Jubilee year is the cancellation of debts. What would be the effects of cancelling debts every 50 years? What would be the advantages? What would be the disadvantages? Would the form of commercial, consumer society with which we are familiar be possible if we engaged in such a practice? Why, or why not?
How would the provisions of the Sabbatical year and the Jubilee year affect us personally, if they were adopted today? What would we find appealing about that? What would we find challenging? Why? Does this tell us anything about ourselves? What is that?
Are there any contemporary problems or situations that the idea of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years might help people solve? What are those? How could these ideas help us resolve them?
Can a few people practice these principles, or do they need to be practiced by everyone to work properly? Why do we say that?