Welcome back! This is our last full week in the book of Leviticus, yay! Really quickly I want to mention what’s coming up next week. On Sunday I’ll post our preview for the last two chapters, but there will be no video. There will still be a verse if you choose to work on the memory work, and there will be an APPLY, but no video. Monday and Tuesday we will read chapters 26 and 27. On Wednesday I’ll share the conclusion video. Our next study will be Numbers and I will post the preview on Thursday. And we will begin Numbers on Sunday, July 15. This is all for next week, but for this week we are going to talk about the importance of environmental protection and stewardship. Check out my thoughts on bees in my APPLY this week.
Monday, July 2 Chapter 21
Tuesday, July 3 Chapter 22
Wednesday, July 4 Chapter 23
Thursday, July 5 Chapter 24
Friday, July 6 Chapter 25
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A dear friend of mine went to college for something farming related like animal husbandry or sustainable growth or something, I’m not exactly sure. A couple days ago we were talking about bees because I’m all about #SaveTheBees. I read an interesting article about how one of the reasons bees may be dying is because we harvest honey in fall. Honey is their natural food and has a ton of really amazing anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antibiotic properties. For thousands of years people have put honey on wounds or drunk honey tea when they get sick. It’s like a miracle food. Unfortunately, we have commercialized honey and the consequence has been disastrous. A lot of bee communities are dying from disease. There is often a massive die off in winter because they don’t have honey to take care of themselves.
Unsustainable bee farmers are instead giving the bees sugar water in the winter. Of course, sugar water has no anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, or antibiotic properties, it’s just calories. Because big business has decided it is more important to have honey on the shelves of grocery stores than it is to take care of the producers of the product, we now have bees dying at an alarming rate which could be disastrous for the entire planet. I’m not being dramatic here. Bees are a fantastic pollinator and without their hard work, our crops will stop producing. See, there are male and female flowers…kinda. Basically, the bees go into the male flowers and pick up pollen, then the go to the female flowers to pick up more pollen. But while they’re in the female flower, they leave some of the male pollen behind. This is not an accurate scientific explanation, by the way, this is how it made sense to me. Once the female plant has been pollinated, it is then able to produce viable seeds. Which, of course, are used for planting the next season’s crops so we can have delicious tomatoes, fun pumpkins, and crunchy almonds, just to name of a few of my favorites. Without healthy and active bee populations we will lose tulips, roses, and lilys. We need the bees!
Back to the point of my friend, he spent two years working on a sustainable farm. They raised a lot of animals and took care of a lot of crops. I asked him how his bees were treated and he told me they harvested the honey in summer. They let the bees have all of the food they needed over the winter, they let them keep working that supply throughout spring while they waited for the summer honey to start being produced. This is sustainable farming. The bees have the food they create for themselves, the food they need to survive. Then, whatever is left over, the people harvest for themselves.
I went to a farmers market a couple years ago and met some bee farmers. They loved their bees and they loved their honey. They did tours of their farm on weekends during the summer so people could see all the work that goes into caring for their bees. I promise this is relevant to our bible study.
You see, we are supposed to have a balanced relationship with the land and with the animals. Remember we are supposed to be stewards of creation, not exploiters. Both my friend and those adorable bee farmers were being stewards. They understood that the bees served a purpose to glorify God, pollinating plants, but also providing golden deliciousness for people. They cared for the bees and made sure they had all that they needed to be healthy and successful, and whatever was left over they took. We need to work in fostering this kind of relationship with all of the plants, animals, and people in the world. We have to care for one another, providing for each other’s needs. It’s when we choose not to be selfish and exploitative that we bring a little slice of heaven to earth.
There are a lot of conversations within the vegan community concerning honey. It’s definitely vegetarian, but it isn’t vegan. However, I’m of the opinion that if you are buying honey from locally and sustainably produced farmers, enjoy it in a cup of tea. I would not recommend buying in the store for several reasons, including it’s bad for the bees and the fact that a lot of it is just junk anyway. Big business is giving us sugar water too, but they dye it and put it in a cute bottle to make us think we are getting something other than high fructose corn syrup.
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